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The final meeting of the
2012/13 winter season of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota
will be held on Friday,
March 29, 7pm at the
American Legion Post-6501 Portland, Richfield.
Come early and dine in the restaurant.
At the last meeting ...
Drone Conversation: There was
discussion of a Time Magazine article about
drones. Some felt it was “poorly written”
but interesting. It didn’t talk about our
hobby. The AMA is putting together a statement
about drones with regard to model aviation.
Jon Bomers adds
while posting the newsletter, that a
recent editorial in the May 2013 of FLY RC
magazine highlighted the new Senate Bill 71 that
was just past in the Oregon Legislature.
It basically makes Oregon a "Drone Free" State!
Although the bill that passed doesn't clearly
define what a drone is, it has
has some pretty heavy
language throughout the new law and you could
pay a fine of $375,000.00 or serve 20 years in
prison or both, if your aircraft is found to
have drone capabilities.
Other States are
drafting there own bills based on the precedent
set by the Oregon Legislature. To date
(3/2013); Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Florida,
North Dakota, Virginia and California are
drafting legislation. In speaking with a
local Washington Senator the bills being
presented in Washington State basically
plagiarize the Oregon bill, which does a very
poor job of clarifying what a drone is verses an
R/C aircraft. Lets hope if legislation is
crafted in Minnesota that it's clear and concise
so it doesn't effect our hobby as it has in
Balsa USA will be kitting a 1/3rd scale
Albatross. Design around the DA 85 engine.
Kit cost are expect to be in the $1200 range.
Glenn Torrence has suspended all other kit
sales to ensure that his new 1/3rd scale SE5a
will get released soon. The SE5a "is the most
detailed and involved kit I've designed yet".
He wants everyone to be aware ... it's not a
Branton showed us his 1/4 scale
Me-109 instrument panel from ProPagT.
This panel comes assembled and painted
the basic instrument panel, a set of
instruments, controls elements such as
switches and decals.
AEROCOCKPIT in the Czech Republic
and in addition to ProPagT, they are
Hobby Lobby and
IFlyTailies. Some panels can
be purchased as kits that need to be put
together to save some money and
additional items like gun sights etc are
is building his 4th Fokker D7. It
is a quarter-scale Balsa USA
Fokker-D7 that he modified to
represent the prototype D7. The
original D7 prototype was test flown
by Manfred von Richtofen who
complained that it had
poor handling, so it was highly
modified before being put into
production. Jeff reversed those
changes by shortening the fuselage
and nose, moved the wings forward,
replacing the tail with a Triplane
tail, and he squared the elevators
and ailerons. Jeff joked that he
“rejected success in favor of
installed a 38 cc gas engine and is
looking for a scale exhaust. Full
cockpit, Solartex covering, Proctor
7 ¼” wheels. The dummy engine
manifold was made from BIC pen
parts, parts of clevises and other
Kavaney’s ASW 28-18 carbon-fiber
sailplane is 40% scale, 23-ft wingspan,
42 lbs, 13 servos, 10 channels (could
use 13), disk brakes, electric retracts,
batteries on 3 Match-boxes. An onboard
variometer and altimeter give voice
readout at the transmitter via an earbud.
Axel’s Pilots (German) female pilot
figure. (All of Kevin’s pilot figures
demonstrated the flaps and spoilers. He
described flying on the tow
like ballroom dancing.” Tows to 1000
feet that produce flights “close to an
Kevin and Larry in action, check out the
Sorenson’s 1/3rd scale Super Cub
Tow Plane was a study in field
assembly efficiency. Wing struts are
hinges on the wing, the jury struts are
hinged at the strut and snap into the
wing, and the lower end of the strut is
attached to the fuselage with a single
safety-wired shoulder bolt. The stab
comes off by removing only one bolt, the
support wires being connected with an
internal hook. All the while being
totally scale! Very clever.
The Cub was
built from a Balsa USA Super Cub kit.
Tundra tires were added for extra
ground clearance, a 2” extension of the
landing gear was added for extra ground
clearance for the scale 30” prop.
Differential quarter-scale Formula One
car brakes, slaved to the rudder via a
V-tail mixer, were included for safety
and steering. DA 150 engine provides
lots of power for towing large and fast
sailplanes. Enough fuel for 10-12 tows,
fuel level visible thru the windscreen.
100’ towline is green or orange for
visibility in the air. Dual receivers
and dual batteries.
announced that there will be a multiday
Aerotow Event at the old Owattona field
July 11-14, 2013. More information at
Quesenberry discussed his “half-way
done” 1/5th scale, 120” span Ki 45
Dragon Slayer scratch-built from
Designs. His plane is
one of three prototypes (the others are
being built by Roy Maynard & Dick
Steine). Molded parts by
Micko Aircraft &
engines with 20x10 3-blade props. One
50-ounce tank in the fuselage instead of
separate tanks in the nacelles. This
freed up space for two air tanks, one in
SACMIDWEST instrument panel.
Jeff used conventional pushrods shown as
an option on the plans instead of the
non-pushrod controls also shown. He
said the plane was “not difficult to
build, but time-consuming.” He found
some 20 mm cannon on EBay for $26 each.
These will be mounted upward-firing
behind the pilot. The plans show the
pan held in place with the wing bolts.
But Jeff glued the belly pan to the
wing, saying that he has had similar
belly pans come loose in flight.
(Editor’s note: Provides a neater filet
He said that Micko’s fiberglass nacelles
and other molded parts saved “a ton of
inserted nylon plugs in the wing
tubes. This provides material to
accept wing tube drywall screws.
an incidence meter for the first
time. He found the stab to be 2°
too high. Readjusted accordingly.
is expected this summer.
Niedermayer said his electric
T28 was “fast, cheap
and low effort.” 52” span, 6 ½ lbs,
blinking lights. Less than $200
total. His Chinese FMS ARF is
Banana Hobby in Los Angeles.
came ready-to-fly but I changed
that. I made it not-ready-to-fly.”
didn’t come in the color scheme he
wanted so he “ripped everything
off,” and changed the color to
trainer yellow, and replaced all of
replaced the prop blades, added
electric retracts with doors on a
sequencer. In the course of this
work, he discovered that dents in
foam can be almost entirely removed
with hot water.