SFM News Letter

December 2008

by: David P. Andersen

The next meeting of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, December 26, 2008 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 non-smoking restaurant.  (Directions)

At the last meeting ...

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First up was Roy Maynard with his Aerotech Mooney. M 20-L , painted in Swiss colors. All composite. Took second place at Toledo, in non-military scale behind a Top Flite DC-3. Roy said, "I lost to a diorama." Great flyer, a bit hard to land due to ground effect. Span of 108 inches, weight unknown, but Wayne Siewert said his Mooney was 43 lbs with extra batteries for interior lights, etc. Power is DA-50. Unique flocking on interior seats. Pilot figure has white hair, like the good Doctor. Plane not flown yet. Started building in November, went to Toledo with it in April.

Next up was Wayne Siewert with his KMP, Kondor Model Products P-51, done up in the colors of "Bald Eagle." Epoxy resin ARF from a company in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Unique stab alignment worked well. Wayne used f/g cloth to strengthen hatch areas and cowl. Also used Kevlar to fortify the area in the gear mounts in the wing. Balsa-covered wing. Metric hardware "left something to be desired." Took about 40 hours to complete. Good fit and finish on model from factory. OS 160 for power with 18/6 prop. Pitts style muffler. Dave Brown spinner. 14 pounds, with the CG right on per the plans. Balsa wing with built-up horizontal stab and rudder. Price was $489 for kit with fixed gear, $200 for retracts. Wayne thought the oleo was a "bit sloppy." Wayne said he had fun building it. He talked of making hatches by first mounting the hinge, then cutting out the hatch to insure perfect fit. Used 3/4 by 3/4 hinge from Ax Man.

Wayne informed audience that after 19 years in Aerotech Models, he is shutting down his manufacturing process of most of his models, but will retain his accessories line.

Next came Brian Crossley with his Flying Styro kit of the A-10 Warthog. This is an all foam Warbird from a company in Czechoslovakia. The basic kit is $260, but Brian said he has close to $1000 into plane after purchasing the motors, batteries and other equipment within the plane. This bird uses two Outrunner Motors  with rpm of 40,000. The motors are from Don's R/C Motors in Kansas. He gave us a great demo of motors at the meeting. The model has no retracts, but Brian cleverly hid the main gear partially exposed in gun pods but there is no nose wheel. Their great for grass but a bit rough on asphalt. Weighs 2 lbs and has two flights on it so far. PS Brian said; "It was faster than I wanted."

For Sale - 84" Top-Flite P-51 Mustang $1995 RTF

Will sell without radio and/or engine, Open to Offers...

Contact Brian @ 612-721-4989 or 612-868-3993

  • About 20 flights – no mishaps.  Flies great.
  • Airplane was resin/glassed (3/4oz cloth) and spray painted with hobbypoxy/KlassKote epoxy paint.  Existing graphics could be easily removed (no clear-cote over them yet) if you wanted different graphics/markings.
  • All top quality hardware/linkages/etc. 
  • Mechanical retracts.  Mains are Robart units with air cylinders removed and replaced with JR 791 retract servos.  Tailwheel is a B&D pattern nose wheel unit with a Robart strut activated by a JR 203 retract servo. Tailwheel retracts forward like a full size P-51.  Retract setup will work for hundreds of cycles with "no muss - no fuss" (no air tanks, no filling, no plumbing, etc.).  I have gear doors and mounting brackets, but they have not been installed yet.
  • Ailerons/flaps/rudder/elevators have JR 8101 servos.  JR 537 on the throttle.  Total of 11 servos.  All servos and radio equipment are new. 
  • Moki 2.1 glow engine.  Engine has about 5 hours time on it.   It would be easy to convert to a different engine if you desire.
  • Includes Aerotech exhaust stacks, but they have not been installed yet.
  • Airplane comes complete with a special rack I made that holds the wing and fuselage in your vehicle.  Also comes with assembly rack.
  • Weight: 22 pounds exactly - ready to fly (dry)

SFM Web Editor had a chance to visit the History of Flight Museum in Everett, Washington. About an hour north of Seattle, this museum hosts two dozen aircraft, all are in flyable condition and fly on a quarterly basis all over the country. Several R/C Clubs have the privilege of having there meeting at the museum from time to time. Put this one on your "must see" list if your travel to the northwest!















P-47 Bubble Version P-40 Flying Tigers Focke Wulf 190D-13 Dora
Spitfire III Spitfire III (2) Fisler Storch


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$15 annual dues.  Please make checks payable to Scale Flyers of Minnesota

Send Checks to:

Mark Prokop

1655 Sherwood Way

Eagan, MN 55122. 

This Months Meeting Stars!


Cal Branton, President


(651) 459-5107

Mark Prokop, Treasurer


(651) 688-6340

D. Andersen, Secretary


(952) 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Webmaster


  • Eric Malkerson donated some fine documentation photos of the BT-13

  • John Baligrodzki donated some sandpaper and plans.

  • Jeff Micko submitted the meeting notes & photos

We'll See You At  This Months Meeting!

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