Click any photo to enlarge

Click Genie for More Information

December 2012

Go to SFM Newsletter Page


Up Coming SFM Meetings


January 25, 2013


February 22, 2013


March 29, 20113

The next meeting of the winter season of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the American Legion Post-6501 Portland, Richfield.  Come early and dine in the restaurant.  (Meeting Directions)

 At the last meeting ...

Dick Steine presented his Kawasaki Ki 45 Dragon Slayer (allied code name was “Nick”) twin-engine interceptor and ground attack aircraft.  Framed up on its wheels.  “This is the quick part - putting the wood together.”  Time spent cutting out wood parts: 20 hours.

One of three prototypes being built by three different people from Dave Andersen plans and Jeff Micko molded parts. 118” span, two Zenoah G45 engines.  Expected total weight 40 lbs.

He used roofing flashing sheet metal for the cockpit deck to simplify painting.  Dick described his plan for cockpit detail “Better have something in there when it’s this big.”  Rudder servo in the tail

beneath the rudder requires a 4-foot cable - not a problem with modern radios.  Jeff’s fiberglass parts “fit really nice.”   Dick covered the tail with Sig Koverall but “didn’t like working with it.”  Composite Express 1.6 oz cloth was easier to lay down.  Epoxy resin used with glass cloth is harder to sand than polyester.  The huge wing filet was constructed in 3 sections using 1/16” balsa, polyester & micro-balloons and spackle.  Dick substituted 3” aluminum wing bolts for the 3” bolts specified on the plans.


Dick Galash, visiting from Naples, Florida, described R/C in his area of the state.  Small clubs.  Scale “not popular.”  Mostly little ARFs.    As he gestured toward the giant-scale airplanes and their pilots in the room he said “You don’t realize how lucky you are to have this.”

Cal Branton displayed his 1/5th scale 102” span Ziroli Dauntless built by someone in Canada but revised by Cal.  50 lbs—“flies heavy” but stall resistant due to wing slots and washout.  Fine in the air but “fairly slow.”  Needs lots of runway.  Flies well with flaps down.  GT 80, Behr paint.  Operational dive brakes.  Futaba mixer for JR flap servos melted, curling smoke out of the wing.

Kirk Hall & Cal Branton showed the fuselage frame of their joint project, a half-scale Fokker Tri-plane.  100 lbs final weight.  12 ft span.   275 cc radial engine and 40” prop (scale diameter is 52”).  Glenn Torrance Plans & Kits.  Kit had some parts missing.  Plane is being built for the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 to be flown in Dayton OH in 2014.

Internal construction is the same as the full scale except 80’ of hardwood dowels replace metal tubing.  Gussets are carbon fiber cross braces and pins.  Will have scale internal cross wire bracing. Wings are also scale construction, with box spars.  Basswood laminate rudder frame.  14” bicycle wheels with fabric covered spokes. 

Editor’s comment ... notice that the projects discussed at this meeting each involved two or more collaborators.  Is this a trend?

Flying at Over 200mph!

Dave Villwock is an avid scale modeler and IMAC competitor living in the "Great Northwest".  He's fierce in IMAC competition and also worked with Dennis at Carden to improve the overall performance of his favorite IMAC bird ... the Extra 260.

Dave's other hobby/job is driving or should I say flying ... Unlimited Hydroplane's and just happens to be the all-time winningest driver in the sport’s history.  He has been at the wheel of some of the best boats around - PICO American Dream, Miss Budweiser and currently the U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus (Qatar).  While driving the Miss Budweiser, he won 37 races, four Gold Cups and six National Championships. As the PICO American Dream’s driver, he claimed first-place in eight races, taking home one Gold Cup as well as another National High Point Championship. All told, David has 64 career victories under his belt!

You can only imagine the stories Dave tells from time to time at the flying field and inspires me to make my rolling circles looks like one.  If you happen to be in the Seattle area during the Seafair Event, you can see Dave fly at over 200mph and witness one of the best Air Shows put on in the United States!  PS: Yes there's lots of Warbirds!

Seafair Opens July 27th, with the Hydroplane Races and Airshow happening on August 2nd thru the 4th.  If you can't make it ... Check-out the onboard video!

Mr. Andersen received this email written by an expat American scale modeler in China:

“Though much R/C stuff is made here, I see no clubs, retail outlets, or flying fields. Space is simply too limited.  1billion people!  So, my flying time is nil.  I am aware some people get together and use whatever road they can find.  In city areas, this is too risky for me.  I appreciate a real flying field, club, and insurance.

Everything I see here is ARF Stuff.”

To Our International Visitors ...

Thank you for checking into our website from time to time.  We appreciate your desire to keep Scale & Giant Scale R/C planes flying everywhere!


Cal Branton, President

(651) 459-5107

Brian Crossley, Treasurer

(612) 721-4989

D. Andersen, Secretary

(952) 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Web Editor

(651) 343-3407

Fly well, fly safely and share your skills

David P. Andersen, Secretary of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota.

Hit Counter

Scale & Giant Scale R/C is Sponsored by: Scale Flyers of Minnesota - Terms of Use / Privacy Policy