As you perhaps know, SFM Cofounder,
former SFM President and three times
Top Gun Winner Joe Grice is a 747 pilot.
One of his ships is now on display in the
"I have hundreds of
hours in this very ship crossing the Pacific.
Sad and thrilling at the same time to see her
again here as a display. She will live
forever here. Perhaps my Grandson will one day
brag to his friends."
Photos Courtesy of Scott Anderson.
Gruendemann's Ziroli F8F Bearcat
Project; Rusty tells us that he
purchased this project as a finished
aircraft from a friend who buys and
off the Solartex iron on covering and
glassed the structure with ¾ ounce glass
and Envirotex epoxy thinned to 50%.
After some probing he found that it
needed an extreme make-over in order to
be truly flight worthy. :-(
comment was that it would have been
easier to build it from scratch! Power
is from a DLE-85 fueled by a 32 oz.
tank, the undercarriage is Robart and
the servos are Hitec HS-5645’s.
The paint is latex and the aircraft is
modeled after #106 off of the USS Boxer.
in all finished at 37lbs. The
engine has not yet been run up so
Rusty’s looking forward to his maiden
flight this spring.
Sea Fury Project: Jim
has been working on this project for
some time. Inspired by Roy Maynard’s Sea
Fury. This is Jim’s first giant scale
Bates Sea Fury:
brought his Sea Fury to show along
side Jim Courtney’s Sea Fury.Roy’s
Sea Fury is powered by a Saito
FA-300T glow 4-stroke twin with
undercarriage is a set of BullDog
mechanical retracts powered by a low
profile retract servo with Glennis
showed us the retraction mechanism
and door sequencing.
SBD Dauntless Project:
Jim picked up this project at a swap
meet and it’s his first giant scale
the project last Thanksgiving.
He’s learned a lot about the build
process and has
many resources in the club and at Hobby
Warehouse to work out the details.
Originally it was set up for a Fuji gas
engine. It weighs 23 ½# prior to
paint. The project looked so good
that Kirk Hall
at this meeting!
SFM brought his Dave Platt
A-36 Apache/Mustang-I Project:
He purchased to project from
someone who could not build it.
The canopy has a Malcolm hood which is
unusual and striking.
building it with internal servos and
linkages for the
rudder, elevators, ailerons and flaps.
be from a Moki gas engine and has Robart
retracts. It has been glassed and
it ready for paint. It's always
wonderful to find a project like this.
Sometime the building can be iffy but
unique projects always challenge us as
Stepelton's Balsa USA 1/3 Scale Stearman
Project: Pete has been
building a beauty but like all Balsa USA
Stearman builds they are time consumming!
He taking the time with this build to
add many scale features.
of you who have built this kit you know
first hand the time it takes just to
screw in the sheet metal with all those
the Evolution 260 Radial for this
project and we're all looking forward to
seeing this bird in the air this spring!
Electric Twin Telemetry Project:
Our ever insightful engineer, Joe has
developed a telemetry device.
advise the pilot (through his Spektrum
and balance the power output of twin
motor aircraft when one motor is
demonstrated the process and his
circuit. Feel free to contact Joe
if you are interested!
SFM Members had the opportunity to
attend this years
Weak Signals R/C Show in
Toledo Ohio. Differently the
premier R/C Show in the Midwest and one
of the largest in the USA. Here's a
couple quick snippets.
took 1st Place in the "Jet Class"
this year. And, his
Type VII U-Boat
took 2nd in "Military Scale".
Wow! Big Congrats to Roy this year!
Click Photos to Enlarge!
Scott Andersen "SFM Newsletter Editor" made
the rounds to look for new ideas and catch-up
with old flying buddies, Andy Panoncillo!
Steve Mills our famous You Tube guy and
electric aircraft aficionado, was seen helping
to sell "a Mill" or haggle for one!
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