SFM News Letter

January 2005

by: David P. Andersen

See You at Our Next Meeting!

The next meeting of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, January 28, 2005 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 6501 Portland, Richfield. East entrance, downstairs. Guests are always welcome. Come early and dine in the restaurant. Meetings will be held on the last Friday of every month thru March, but not December. ( Directions )

Roy Demos Sea Fury Flaps & Retracts while Dick Steine & Mark Prokop hold the bird.

Roy Maynard completed his Hawker Sea Fury after many years of off-and-on work.  Full size in museum at Duxford. “Nice moments for a model.” Gerry Bates plans.  Saito 300 2-cyl glow engine. 25 lbs.  Mel Whitney cowl, Glennis wheels.  Bob Violett inner door sequencer.  TrueTurn spinner.  Balsa and glass and PPG Delstar.  Three-piece wing was complex to build.  Color scheme from “Warbird Text” series. Bulldog mechanical retracts with sail winch servos. Parts cut by All American Kit Cutters, but many parts had to be redone.  Roy demoed the electric retracts and flaps.  Slowed and lagging retract action looked very scale. 

Roy also showed us an exhaust collector ring for the Saito 450 3-cyl engine.  It's made by Keleo, $100. Check it out Keleo Creations


Sharp Project Fuzzy Photo...Sorry!

John Baligrodzki showed his realization of Burt Rutan’s Space Ship 1.  He drew plans from photos downloaded from the Internet.  His first attempt at foam construction, it worked on the first try.  It is a glider to be dropped from a non-scale model.  Uses all-flying elevons and dethermalizer.  Covered with silkspan and thinned white glue.  The three-piece fuselage is balanced by removing internal foam.  This is scratch building and invention at its finest.

Wayne Siewert presented a custom Ka-15 built for a customer of AEROTECH by Dick Steine.  28 lbs., sliding canopy, home-defense color scheme.  The color matches a drawing in a book but isn’t really scale.  The customer insisted on it because it shows weathering well. Acrylic lacquer color matches a 1947 Buick.  Canopy rail is K&S 3/16” square tubing with a slot in which pan-head screws slide.  1/4” brass tubing exhaust stacks were hammered into elliptical

Cal Brantons’s P-38 is a Flying Styro ARF kit.  Remarkable scale detail for a foam airplane—panel lines, rivets, elevator counterbalance, radiator screens, etc. 

A 3-blade prop has flexible blades for belly landings.  60 MPH—not a park flyer.  Panels held with Velcro and magnets.  Two Lipoly batteries for 15 minute flights. 

 Prop wash blew screwdrivers and wrenches of the bench!

Bruce Anthony demonstrated an original height-measuring device made from a tape measure and a wood block.  For measuring dihedral angles, etc. Clever!

Wayne Siewert's P-47 Eileen

Clever Tool!

Dave Andersen described his Axel’s Pilot’s 1/3rd scale pilot.  Web Axels Scale Pilots 

Thanks to Paul Costello for some of the photos used in this newsletter.

Upcoming Events...

TCRC Auction   Saturday February 12, 2005

St. Peter's Church...Richfield, MN

Registration opens at 8AM

Auction starts at 10AM

Admission is $3 and includes bidder card.

Everybody's welcome to attend as sellers or buyers.

For More Details See www.tcrconline.com

In Manny Sousa’s report on the FAI Scale World Championships in Poland last summer (Replica, Newsletter of the National Association of Scale Aeromodelers, December 2004, www.NASAscale.org , he mentioned an incident that brought tears to my eyes. He writes, “After decades of invasion, brutality and repression at the hands of the Nazis and the Russians, Poland seems fifty years behind the West.  Life is simple and the economy poor.  Their suffering plainly shows in the faces and bent bodies of the elders, but the youth seem bright and cheerful.”  Amidst this, the week-long World Championships was a major national event for Poland, complete with a Polish Air Force air show, parades, formal Olympic ceremonies and speeches by dignitaries.   One day, after the President of Poland toured the models in the hanger, “the Italian team came to tell us how much they appreciated the USA for our efforts to make the world free.”

Like model aviation, American foreign affairs are sometimes flawed, bungled or even incompetent.  But our objectives are noble.  We mean well for all. This is understood and appreciated by much of the world, especially those who have known war in their homeland. 

At the closing banquet, the Italian team wore Stars and Stripes ties!

With the throttle you should be just as considerate as with your girlfriend.  Never treat the throttle roughly.”—Henk Tennekes.

Raffle prizes were two $40 gift certificates to Hobby Warehouse

Recommended reading:  The Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets by Henk Tennekes.  Available from Hennepin County library.

Fly well...Fly safely

Mark Prokop, President, mjprokop@aol.com  David P. Andersen, Grand Poo-bah, davidpandersen76@gmail.com