shared his Balsa USA ¼ Scale Fokker DR-1
build. The kit was purchased in
2009. Framed up by Dick Steine and
the engine/cowl mount done by Kirk Hall.
Modeled after Jasta
11 Werner Steinhauser. Covered in
Sig Koverall. Two coats of nitrate dope
colored dope applied. A “Best Pilot” in
the cockpit with a DLE 40cc twin for
Roy will use a JETI
radio with Aura 8 gyro. The bird
has a functional tail skid and MKS 69HV
servos. JETI Li-ion Rx battery,
A123 battery for ignition. Roy
mentioned it balances without lead and
estimated the weight at 21lbs.
Joe Niedermier shared his
Freewing T33 comes from Motion RC
($399). It has 51” wingspan, 80mm
EDT run by 3658-1900kv motor with a 100
It needs the voltage of a 6 cell battery
and the model weights 7 lbs ready to
fly. The finish on the foam is
very nice; it has flaps and real hinges
and a sprung retractable landing gear.
Joe could have gone without buying this
plane but the German paint job and his
memory of the real plane in the
seventies made it hard to resist.
At that time he worked for a company
that was supporting aerospace and was
working on a solution to save the Space
The Space Lab had failed to deploy half
of its solar array and was going to
crash because it could not produce the
power to prevent it from overheating.
He was making a gold metalized half mill
Mylar sheet blanket to use as a
temporary solar shield until the solar
array could be fixed. NASA phoned
urging us to pack the prototype small as
sending a jet to get it at the Lakeville
airstrip. A T33 came with a
single pilot in it and he delivered and
secured our 18” x 20” x 12” carton in
the cockpit. Since there appeared
to be all that extra space in the T33
why the need for the compact packing we
asked? Well, - the pilot answered:
“ On the way home the commander said to
stop in New Ulm and pick up some Schell
Kirk Hall shared the progress on
his Me-163 Komet.
Kirk said he thought it would be a
cakewalk to finish it. It was not an
easy build but mentioned that I could
not have done it without Ahmed’s
help and could not have programmed it
without Cal Branton’s help. They
are both very invaluable to this hobby!
Kirk has another Komet he is
willing to sell if someone would like to
try build a composite Me-163 Komet;
Price is $500 US
It was so
great to see everyone again! Next
month were hoping restrictions will be
eased a bit so more members can attend!
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shared his 1/4-Qtr Scale Beechcraft
Bonanza build. This is a quarter scale
model of a 1958 Beechcraft Bonanza J35
V-tail with a 100-inch wingspan.
The plans were drawn by the master
designer, Dave Andersen using an
actual 1958 J35 that
Chris was fortunate enough to be
partners in and some plan information
and accessories from the Mark
permission and the included in the plans
are the foam wing and tail cores, a
cowling, stinger tail cone. corrugated
surfaces, gear doors from Mark's
quarter-scale T34 accessories.
The plane will be powered by a Zenoah
GT80 and scale retracts made by Robart.
parts are hand-cut using Dave's
excellent and exact plans. Most of
the wood is from National Balsa. A
plug has been made and sent to Ziroli
models so he can vacuum form the top
front of the planes cabin area.
and tail will be sheeted balsa and or
ABS plastic corrugated skins to simulate
the full-size aircraft surfaces.
All parts are hand-made, including wing
step, handle and radio antennas .
The radio equipment will be a Spektrum
DX20 tx and servos with a 20 channel
power safe RX, Cortex gyro
from Electro Dynamics, as well as the
LED lights. The model will be
fiber-glassed and painted with latex
paints. The paint scheme will be an
actual 1958 Bonanza design with a white,
turquoise, and black accents. Typical
Chris’ Mark Frankel T34
is a wonderful flying plane, with the
same wing and tail he expects the
Bonanza to fly equally as well.
Finished weight should be around 45
pounds. The GT80 spinning a 22-10 prop
using Avgas and will have no problem
powering the Bonanza. Hopefully in
the Summer of 2022 we will be flying
this nostalgic piece of aviation
history. The V-Tail is very
identifiable in the air! This
model will be built by Chris O'Connor
but owned/flown by Nathan O'Connor.
Ahmed Basal shared his latest
version of his Sukhoi SU-57.
This version is a twin turbine, again
with thrust vectoring and is about the
same weight as his single-engine
feedback from Ali Machinchy at
Florida Jets, Ahmed spent 3 months
detailing the new molds to get them up
to Top Gun status. The
Thrust vectoring for the twin-turbine
exhaust is something to see! Ahmed
had (2) designs fail due to backpressure
or thrust restriction before he came up
with a concept that worked.
Scale SU-57 Specs
- Wing Span: 2 m
- Length: 2.5 m
- Weight: 52.5# dry
- Power (2) KingTech K120 turbines
- 23 High voltage High torque
- Electric Retracts with Ahmed’s
custom CF struts
Chris Launer displayed some of the
custom ordinance that he has been
designing and 3D printing in 1/4
scale, 1/5th scale and 1/6th scale
aircraft during the COVID-19
is not making them for sale. His
Vietnam-era ordinance for the Skyraider
Chuck Hamilton, a friend and
TOP GUN competitor is building one
of David Andersen's designs ... a
Quarter Scale Hawker Hurricane Mk II.
Chuck was kind enough to share his
progress and thoughts on YouTube prior
to painting his scale color scheme he is
planning for competition!
Beautiful detail ...
Check it out.