SFM News Letter

January 2007

by: David P. Andersen

See You at Our Next Meeting!

The next meeting of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, January 26, 2007 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. ( Directions )

First Annual Dinner for Scale Flyers of Minnesota, IMAA Chapter 46 and SMMAC will be held at the Bloomington Outback Steak House (12th Ave. S and 494) 1/20/07.

January 20, 6:00 P.M. Only $15 per person.  Cash bar.  Couples, Family and Friends are invited. 

For reservations, contact Cal Branton at BRANTONCFB@msn.com 

31st Annual TCRC Auction Saturday Feb 10, 2007.

Everybody is welcome to attend, St Peter's Church at 6720 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield MN. Registration opens at 8AM.  Auction starts at 10AM. Admission $3 includes bidders card. More details TCRConline

TCRC will retain a commission fee for each item sold. The commission is a minimum of $5 or 10% of the item sale price whichever is greater. Please note that the $5 minimum is a change from previous auctions.

At Our Last Meeting...

John Baligrodzki announced that our Scale Masters Qualifier will be held at Anoka County RC on either July 25 or August 4.  The name will change to, perhaps, “10,000 Lakes Scale Classic.”  This one-day event features Fun Scale, Expert and Team.

Roy Maynard presented his Aerotech Ki 84, Frank.  He opened the cowl flaps and added a baffle for increased cooling.  ProMark paint masks and KlassKote epoxy paint.  KlassKote has Federal Standard paint chips on file for custom mixing—just specify the FS number.  Aileron taping of primer.  Soft edges masked with Lowell’s SoftEdge foam tape.  Scale paint weathering (Japanese paint tended to flake off) effected by painting PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) with a tiny brush over silver base coat, then ripped off with 3M Super Strength Packaging Tape after spray-painting color, leaving chipped-like effect.  Roy discussed airbrushed markings and using HVLP spray guns, e.g., much less overspray.  Roy gave away a Craftsman 6” disk sander.

Eric Malkerson gave away latex foam and tape hinges.  Thanx, Eric.

Dave Andersen gave a dull talk on enlarging plans.

Wayne Siewert described the construction of special landing gear struts for his Porsche Mooney project.  Water jet cut parts of steel with bronze bushings.  Other parts from McMaster Car in Chicago has “everything and anything.” Struts removable in the field because" If it can go wrong in competition, it will.”  Scale overlapped doors sequenced by using springs of different tension.  Field trials found the need for brakes.

Dave Andersen found an article that showed the more scientific model builders of the 40's here in Minnesota were called "Dope Fiends" Checkout his other finds as well you Dope Fiend.

Bernie Kobilka described the repair of Spacewalker #14 for Scott Russell.  Damaged when a cell phone fell out of his shirt pocket.  Beautiful Butyrate dope finish of 14 coats. Phil Schwartz distributed CDs of the 2006 Owatonna Warbird Fly-In.  1-1/2 hours of excellent still photos and videos.

Bruce Anthony showed some AF and AAF books including a 1943 Spotters Guide covered with German parachute silk.  Interesting book does not show number of guns in a Defiant (classified at the time) and the outline of a FW 190D was not well known.  He is willing to donate these valuable books to a library if the SFM starts one.  Hmmm.  Thanks, Bruce.
Dave Schwantz did the first session on 1/13/07 at Crosspoint Church in Bloomington, France Ave. and 98th St, and covered choosing a kit, tools and supplies including  turbine jet models. Put on by TCRC.


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Mark Prokop

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Eagan, MN 55122. 

Membership in the Scale Flyers of Minnesota is a pretty good deal, don’cha know.


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the more useful is simpler"



Cal Branton, President, BRANTONCFB@msn.com - 651 459-5107

Mark Prokop, Treasurer, mjprokop@comcast.net - 651 688-6340

D. Andersen, Sec. davidpandersen76@gmail.com - 952 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Webmaster, Jon.Bomers@Comcast.Com

See you at our next Meeting!

Happy New Year!