SFM News Letter

December 2005

by: David P. Andersen

See You at Our Next Meeting!

The next meeting of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, November 26, 2004 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 )

Jack Reeves, Wayne Siewert and John Halvorson ready to scramble


At Our Last Meeting...

Dave Andersen discussed how to draw custom three-views, have them certified for contest documentation and get away with it.  He also explained how to print plans from downloadable files!


Roy Maynard's Scratch-Built SeaFury at AgAir10

Jeff Micko showed a 1/6th scale P-47.  The plane is all fiberglass, built from Jeff’s own mold.  He made the mold from his still flyable balsa model built from Bert Baker plans in 1985. G62.  22 lbs—same as balsa model. Resin scale hinges, antenna, prop.  Panel lines and rivets molded in. Jeff explained  a novel method of cutting rivets in the mold with a drill bit. Eric Malkerson retracts —“strong and light.”  West Systems epoxy, Hysol glue.  All control surfaces removable.  Will be available as a kit, couple of versions.  Jeff plans to compete with this model.
Brian Crossley modified a Great Planes Triplane—”A silly little ARF.” Recovered lower wing and tail, added spirals to the wheels with liquid masking film, replaced some flimsy hardware. OS 90 w/ socket-head on end of needle valve accessible thru small hole in cowl.  Two seasons of flying.  Internet posts say a small bump in the lower wing will break it in half.  This was confirmed.

Chris O’Connor brought the fuselage of a Star Duster bipe from late-70s Darrio Brisaglia plans. “Very nice plans.” Stits covering. Designed for Q35, will use Brisson 3.2. “I like it a little heavier—seems to handle the wind better.”  Added streamline aluminum tubing over music wire cabanes by cutting trailing edge, slipping over, filling with epoxy.
Cal Branton presented an amazing subject—a 1903 Wright Flyer built by Tom Norman from George Marden plans and Smithsonian drawings (40 sheets!).  Wilbur’s body houses receiver and battery.  Wilbur’s suit has French cuffs.  Movable hip cradle couples wing warp and rudders. Scale chain drive, electric power.  No adhesive on ribs as per scale; covering sewn on.  Where will Cal fly this thing?
Dick Steine reviewed his Great Planes Gee Bee ARF.  24 hours to assemble.  Cowl mounting awkward.  Nice dummy engine. Fling is “solid as a rock.”  No shock absorbing in L.G.  Dick reinforced wheel pants with wire after they chipped.  20% expo reduces rudder/throttle interaction. “Looks like a potato in the air.”

Roy Maynard showed his Aerotech Ki 84 Frank framed up. 4.4 cu. In. Husqvarna engine, baffled.  Open cowl flaps.  Eric Malkerson retracts and Robart struts.  Current wt 26 lbs.
Tim Johnson laid out some half-size Spacewalker plans on the floor and measured the fuselage length by pacing it off.  Mike Kuller gave away some aviation magazines.  Thanks, Mike.


Tom Steinmuller & Cal Branton Provide Air Cover for a MARCEE Event at the Dome


“So far so good. Scroll saw hums away. Music on, dust flying, baby and wife crying away in the background ...if they only knew how much fun this is!”—Keith Gill


Fly well...Fly safely

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