The final meeting of the
2012-2013 winter season was held on Friday,
March 29, 7pm. Meetings of the Scale
Flyers Minnesota "SFM" will resume in the fall
At the last meeting ...
O’Connor presented his Beechcraft
T-34 Mentor. Quarter-scale, 100” span,
48 lbs, GT-80 modified for Rim-fire
small spark plugs, custom Robart gear,
electric brakes, two A123 battery packs,
14 servos, mode 1, built from a
Mark Frankel kit.
(Mark Frankel &
his T-34 have been Top Gun regulars
since 1991.)The kit is a
Glass fuselage and foam wings.
The tail is
molded skin over foam for built-in
corrugations. Stits fabric and paint, a
form of polyester - “easy to use.”
Panel lines are
F & M Superfill epoxy feathered to
trim tape. Large markings are vinyl’s
Lettertech in St. Paul,
figures are dry transfers from
ProMark. Strobe lights, nav lights
and landing lights. A Jet-Tronics gear
sequencer controls three air tanks, one
for each landing gear plus brakes, two
cylinders on each main.
Custom Bisson concentric
augmenter exhaust tubes are
functional and scale. Small
parts such as door handles
were measured from a
full-size Bonanza and
copied. It's a beauty
... Good luck at TOP GUN
you afraid to fly it?” someone asked
... “Mark has a defibrillator,”
Russell described how the fiberglass
spinner on his P-40 delaminated, causing
which destroyed the spinner in the air.
Branton also described the
overheating of an engine, also on a
P-40, that caused the plastic spinner to
melt in flight and flow backwards over
the nose, stopping the engine and
causing a crash. Lessons learned: Inspect
Bitzer displayed the partially built
fuselage and tail of
137” span, fiberglass fuselage in 4
parts, foam wing. Two 20 cc engines, 37
lbs estimated weight, Robart gear
modified to electric. Darren purchased
the molds from Jamie Hankins,
Tennessee. Darren uses internal,
pushrod-less servos for rudder and
elevator. He plans on kitting the
Andersen discussed his latest
esoteric idea ... a quarter-scale Saab
21, a WWII era twin-boom Swedish pusher
fighter. Still in the research
stage. Electric power, on-board engine
sound. This would be a team project
with Roy Maynard and Jeff Micko.
aircraft is an excellent flyer, so clean
thru the air that a 1990's Reno formula
one racer "Pusher Galore" was modeled
after it! Saab only build 64 of
these from 1950 to 1952. The 1/4
scale dimensions will be approx
wingspan: 111" and a length of: 105".
The web-editor can't wait!
Hall & Cal Branton returned with
the fuselage frame and landing gear
of their half-scale Fokker Triplane,
built from 1 of 8 kits by Glenn
Torrance. Being built for the
Mid Atlantic Dawn Patrol
event. Span of the lowest wing will
be 9 ˝ feet. The aircraft will be
powered by a 3W 275cc engine.
Wheels are child’s bicycle wheels
with bungee cord shocks. This is a
big project, “One of us will be dead
before it is finished.” The
major effort in building the wings
is the central box spar to which the
ribs are then added.
Maynard demonstrated the
GZ Electric Retractsfor his 1/3rd scale Heinkel 162
Salamander. The gear uses a Maxon
motor (not a Chinese knockoff) on 14
volts. A programmer is provided
with the unit. Power is
automatically disconnected when the
receiver is off. Electric
proportional brakes are attached to
the Robart wheels.
active group discussion developed
Roy's GZ Electric Retracts
Down & Locked,
LLC gear followed by an explanation
of propor-tional brakes and how to
program them. Always research
the reliability of new products in
the R/C market before you buy.
Niedermayr explained another one
of his ingenious retract designs.
Part of a Dornier 217 small enough
to fit in a car without
disassembly. The twin strut design
is pulled up with a fish line and
lowered with a spring. Over driving
provides a lock in the down
compatible software is available,
DraftSight from Dassault
Systems It will open and edit 2D .dwg
Lost in Shangri-La
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enlightening, and comic,
Lost in Shangri-La is a
thrill ride from
beginning to end.
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