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January 2011

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The next meeting of the season of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be held on Friday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 6501 Portland, Richfield.  (Directions) Next meeting will be held on March 25, 2011

At the last meeting ...

Rudy Olson showing his Scale Flyers of Minnesota Club spirit gave away a bunch of great  aircraft stuff - floats, wheels, fuel tanks, etc.  Many Thanks, Rudy!

Bernie Kolbilka was present and renewed his membership.  He began building RC at the age of 80.  He is now 93 years old and is building yet another Space Walker.  His next birthday is Feb 26.  Happy Birthday, Bernie!

Next local event:  It's that time again! The TCRC Annual Auction will be held on February 12, 2011 at  Crosspoint Church.  The church is located near 98th & France in Bloomington.  For more details and auction time ... read more

Tri-Valley News: Members are automatically re-enrolled for 2011.  A field search continues. Rich Valley RC has capped membership at 60 due to the closing of Tri-Valley field in Rosemount, 8 miles away.  But this limit has not yet been filled.  Schaar’s Bluff Park fee is now $40. Pilots are warned that no safety procedures are in place for Schaar’s Bluff.

Chris Launer is a Lockheed Martin employee who has worked on a UAV project in Eagan.  That project was a twin-boom fiberglass pusher with tricycle landing gear and a wingspan of 16 feet.  Chris built a balsa & Monokote quarter - scale model of the UAV as a canard in order to prove the concept of how the UAV could carry more weight.  The motor is an AXI outrunner, Thunder Power 11.1v LiPo battery and the vehicle weighs about 3 lbs.  He is now working on an 8’ version, which will refine the attitude trim.  The model has differential twin rudders that move outboard more than inboard to compensate for adverse yaw.

Dennis Baty discussed his first serious scale project as - “a learning experience."  His Top Flight P-47 has an OS 91 4-stroke and weights in at 9½ lbs dry.  Model Aero Products servo-operated landing gear. Modeled after photos of his uncle standing beside a P-47 during WWII.  He learned how to “precurve” sheet balsa prior to sheeting.  The wing filet was time consuming, having never done it before.

The “real challenge” was glassing.  Online videos were very helpful.  Probably sanded too much but he was “pleasantly surprised” with the result. Chartpac panel lines pulled off some of the glass - “should have primed before applying tape.”  Learned that silver is a difficult color - tried 6 different kinds of rattle cans before finding a good one.  ProMark dry transfers are hard to apply without dimpling the surface.  They must be clear-coated (to be fuel proof) but the clear coat dulls the silver paint.  He discovered that it is better to make the guns removable - or else it's too easy to damage in handling.  Very well done P-47 Dennis ... especially for your first scale model!

David Andersen our tireless Newsletter editor will be moving to his new home in a month or so.  All of you that help with those pesky boxes, models, building boards and drawing tables - should expect a cold soda or beer and maybe a good deal on one of his scale aircraft if you accidentally dropped it!  Oops!

Scott Russell showed off his 1/5th scale Skymaster F-86.  Powered by JetCat P160.  It's 42 lbs dry and 55 lbs wet.  With 18 servos Scott said “Way too much stuff in it” but “flys extremely well ... best jet I’ve flown so far.”   Moveable leading edge slats coupled to flaps but can be articulated separately.  Scott mentioned that it “slows down really well, with no trim change when flaps & slats are actuated".  It also has a sliding canopy and air brakes.

The wing has a wood structure but the glass surface is added while the wing is in a mold.  Elevators per early versions of F86, not full-flying stab as per later versions. 130 MPH.   Fuselage disassembles in the center.  Removable tail.   The first flight resulted in a wheels-up landing due to an air system failure that Scott attributes to the complexity of the connectors.  So Scott has since replaced the air and electrical connectors in the wing with a set of built-in Dreamworks Model Products connectors in the wing roots that engage when the wing is slid in place.

Jeff Micko presented a 1/5th scale P-51B Mustang with a fiberglass fuselage originally designed by Tom Lazar of Classic Glass (Wisconsin, USA).  A DLE 55cc engine is planned.  Jeff obtained some plugs and molds of this airplane, in addition to a ME 109 fuselage mold after Tom went out of business.  Both are derived from Dave Platt plans.  Jeff developed formers from 3-views from the Russian web site:   Чертежи Послевоенные истребители.  Jeff pointed out that the tailwheel retracts forward and he asked for ideas on how to do that.  Brian Crossley suggested using a mechanical nose wheel retract installed backwards.

Speaking of Brian Crossley he's been immortalized by Michael Brent of Mike   Brent  Mike took photos of Brian's head and transformed them into ... what some might say is a beautiful piece of artwork for Brian's aircraft.  These figurines' are carved from balsa and make a wonderful addition to anyone's aircraft.  If you have a Warbird - that's OK, Mike can do that for you as well!  Feel free to contact Mike through his website.

Also, our Web-Editor Jon Bomers contacted Mike - who's a great guy by the way and a new supporter of SFM ... and he offered for a limited time to SFM Members and site visitors FREE Shipping! (the shipping offer is for USA shipments only)  Sorry Brian no refunds ... J

Jon Bomers has developed a relationship with Amazon.Com in an effort to bring meaningful products at a significant savings to Scale Flyer Members as well as our website visitors.  The products will be listed and available through our home page, located on the right hand side.  The availability of the products will change from time to time so check back often and see what kind of offers/savings are available!

One example current up on the Home Page are "100 No.#11 Scalpels for only $15.00"  As many of us know, Scalpels are sharper and generally stay sharper longer than regular X-Acto blades.

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                       - Joe Grice while flying a polar route from JFK to Tokyo.


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Fly well, fly safely and share your skills

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


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