SFM News Letter

January 2008

by: David P. Andersen

The next meeting of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, January 25, 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 )

Don't Miss It ... Less Than 9 Days Away!

The Second 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).

January 19, 2008 at 6:00 P.M. Only $15 per person plus cash bar. Bring your Spouse, Family and Friends - everyone is welcome!

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

At the last meeting ...

(Click on any photo to enlarge)

Dick Galash, visiting from Florida, discussed his Savoia Marchetti tri-motor S79 (copy of photo from December 2007 SFM newsletter).   Glass and Minwax water-based resin covering, three G26s.  Sierra retracts custom made in Australia.  Those poor Floridians have to build in garages instead of nice warm basements.

Jon Bomers, visiting from CA, joined two RC clubs their, one of which shares the field with RC cars. Another, a former Navy base with TO’s over the water.  Jon, is still our web master despite moving to the Bay Area and is revising the Big Birds web-site.  It is useable via cell phone, for converters and especially the flying weather features. Give it a try!  Great work, Jon!

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Dave Andersen provoked only a few yawns as he illustrated using ModelCAD to loft wing ribs—a savings of time and a big improvement in accuracy over manual methods. Example included the wing plans of Jeff Micko’s Hellcat which he drew to Jeff’s specifications.

Tim Johnson reported that the Northern Alliance Fly-In (Aug 8, 9, 10 in Owatonna) will now include “Classic” aircraft as well as military.  Classics are a/c built prior to 1960.  Tim needs volunteers for impound, serving food, etc.  Call Tim at 507-390-5030 or email johnsons@myclearwave.net

Dave Schwantz presented his magnificent A-10 Warthog built from an $11,000 kit aus Germany.  Built for a customer in Kalamazoo for $30,000.  All-Kevlar surfaces reinforced with ply formers attached with Hysol glue. Two Jetcat turbines matched in RPM have no throttle lag.  Blue Box cockpit, brakes and retracts come with kit.  20,000 MAH of lithium magnesium batteries, 5 just for lights.  Smart Box power distribution box mounts on top of JR 2.4 Ghz receiver. Two(2) gals of fuel onboard for a fuel economy worse than most light aircraft.  One tank ahead of CG, the other behind, drain together. PPG and Fixed N’ Flat auto paint, weathered with Model Master streaked with Scotch-Bright and rubbing alcohol.  Eight(8) sq. ft. of flap area.  Hatches closed with rare earth magnets. ProMark dry-transfer markings.  160 MPH. Well-visible color scheme. Dave also demonstrated using Aluma Lite and silicon molding compound for molding small parts.

Cal Branton showed his Top Flight B25 ARF, engineered by former SFM member Jim Sandquist. OS 70s, 19 lbs. “Crappy” wheels were replaced with Robart. Monokote “really sucks.”  Canopy pieces “not very clear & brittle.”  Instructions recommend attaching with CA which we all know will fog clear plastic. Doors and cowls are F/g. Doors “work well.”  Removable tail with rudder elev servos in tail.  2 wing tubes.  40-50 hours to assemble.  Non-scale down-thrust and side thrust added by Cal.

Kirk Hall presented a beautiful Meister BF-109G in colors from a museum in Finland.  Century Jet landing gear will be replaced with Sierra.  35 lbs. Q65 engine, “underpowered.”  Extended t/w strut for drop tank.  Flat-bottom wing and “fragile” gear doors.  Built by Ty Brown (CA).

Photo's of the Month!

Bob Porkorny Nate &

Jeff Quesenberry Pilot

Joe Grice's Ammo Bay

F86 Sabre

Dick Steine's B25

Landing at AgAir10

Jeff Micko preps Jug at 1997 Scale Masters--photo by Wayne Siewert

Still Recommending: “I Could Never Be So Lucky Again”  by James Doolittle. At your library.

Stan Zdon mit Eindecker

aus SPMRC Scale Fly-In

“I usually press my flights to the point that

the line judges can't help think'in ...

that was the best cookie toss of the day ”

Mike Goulan US Acrobatic Champion

Meeting photos by Cal, Jon & Bud Durant...


Cal Branton, President


(651) 459-5107

Mark Prokop, Treasurer


(651) 688-6340

D. Andersen, Secretary


(952) 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Webmaster