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January 2012

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The next meeting of the winter season of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at the American Legion Post-6501 Portland, Richfield.  Come early and dine in the restaurant.  (Directions)

 At the last meeting ...

Jon Bomers apologizes that this months  Newsletter is a bit late in its publication to the web.  Normally he's able to publish David Andersen's notes within a few days after the meeting but this month life's activities and shifting priorities kept our monthly meeting recap sealed within prompt emails just a little to long ... sorry!

Also, he wants to let all those who called that their concerns regarding his health were appreciated but circumstances are not direr, just inconvenient in trying to do daily activities for awhile.  He and his wife have many good friends in Minnesota and hopefully opportunity will bring them back, so he can enjoy dinner with all of you at Outback after the monthly SFM meeting.  In the mean time - Cal's buying!  



  • Tim Len announced the TCRC Annual Auction will be held Saturday, February 11.  Last year 400 planes were sold. Details

  • Annual Dinner - Cal Branton announced that the annual Scale Flyers’ dinner will be held on Saturday, February 25 at Tinucci’s in Newport.  $34 each.  Prime rib.  “Spouses are welcome, encouraged, but not required.” Details

  • The local Scale Masters Qualifier and sport scale contest, The Minnesota Scale Classic, is currently without a Contest Director.  Much thanks to John Baligrodzki for brilliantly CD’ing this event for many years.

  • The SFM has its first International Member, Chris Hansen of Denmark.  He appreciates and uses our website.  Welcome aboard, Chris!

When Cal Branton joked that he cannot become the new Minnesota Scale Classic CD because he will be running for President, someone yelled, “YOU GOT MY VOTE!”

Dan Schmidt ...  Long-time SFM member and renowned biplane scale flyer has returned to Minnesota from Oregon.  Welcome home Dan!

Luckily for us he brought his 1934 DH 84 Dragon in New Zealand airline colors. Named TANIWHA which is Maori for “Sea Dragon”, the scratch-built aircraft comes from Roger Farley plans.  A flight video, free plans and construction manual are available to all from Dan's website:  Check it Out!

The early 6-passenger airliner is the first of his “dining room tabletop scale” projects, i.e., can be built on a single table top.  Two 4S-5000 LiPo batteries are under the pilot.  Two 75 amp motors with separate ESCs.  17 lbs total.  Solartex,  Blue Box pilot.  Narrow chord wing makes CG critical - unusual for an airliner.  Panels remove as a unit for 5 minute field assembly time.

Roy Carrigan showed an Equinox (Jon Bomers’ design) quarter-scale P-47 fiberglass fuselage with an Evolution (formerly Seidel) 7-cylinder 260 cc radial engine.

Beautiful craftsmanship, made in India, $3200 w/ exhaust ring.  Biele 28x16 4-blade static prop.  CompARF 4-blade flying prop.  Foam wing and tail.  Model will be covered with FliteMetal,


“Genius is eternal patience.”

- Michelangelo

TCRC president Tim Len displayed his Hanger Nine Cessna 180 ARF purchased used at Warehouse Hobbies.  DLE 30 engine, 3-blade Mejzlik 18x10 prop.  Opened up firewall and added standoffs to install engine.  LiPo batteries under the cabin floor are wrapped in fireproof covering so that they can be charged w/o removal.   Velcro seats.   Custom Robart LG.  GI Joe pilot, scratch-built yokes, servo-operated choke, enlarged rudder horns.  Windows attached with hot-glue gun instead of CA (no fogging). 22 lbs, 1 lb nose weight.

Joe Neidermayr’s WW1 Macchi M5 flying boat was assembled from a Park Flyer Plastics short kit.  Unpainted linen look.  Hull is typical mahogany runabout boat hull.  1/8th-1/7th scale.  Pilot figure was carved from wood by a friend.  Electric power with 200 watt motor, 2 ˝ lbs., 9 minutes running time. Sketchy plans don’t show CG position.   Poor quality balsa had to be replaced.  Always creative Joe implemented the multitude of wing wires with a single fish line tensioned by a rubber band--“Cut it here and it all falls apart.”  Joe sought the advice of several experts on building this plane.  “It was all good advice but I didn’t take any of it.”   Taxi tests were performed on snow.

Dave Andersen taped a draft of his latest design to the wall - a 1/5th scale Ki 45 Nick, a work in progress - and  dis-cussed some of its development. Two 40 cc or 50 cc engines, TruTurn Aerotech Frank spinners, modified Sierra Ziroli P-38 retracts will be used on this 120” wingspan design.  Roy Maynard also discussed a simple modification of one of the engines to reverse prop rotation and the addition of electronic engine synch.

Dick Steine’s Yellow T6 was “easy to put together.”   Dick’s previous T6, built by someone else, was “a beautiful airplane” but “very heavy.”  Lesson learned - build lighter, especially the tail.  “An ounce out of the tail is 6 ounces out of the nose.”   Ralph Cunningham shortened the prop shaft of Dick’s engine and converted it to electronic ignition for only $125.  Switches are under a scale hatch on the left side.  Scrounged several parts from his previous T6.

Jason Proffit’s  Skyshark Scale-Spinners-15 P-40 kit was purchased on eBay for $72 (plus $100 shipping).  Modeled after Flung Dung, one of the Burma Banshees. Sierra gear, Dubro wheels, Solartex on wing and tail.  Jason replaced the landing gear fairings with something more scale.  Added copper exhaust stacks.  Repainted fuselage.  23 lbs.

The End of an Era ... Jon Bomers wanted to let everyone know the Northwest Hobby Expo - is no more.  With the passing of it's creator at the end of last year, the family will not carry John's dream into the future.  Although there are rumors that a new R/C Trade Show will be developed in the Northwest for next year, there are always rumors within our hobby.  John contributed a lot to the promotion of our hobby in the Northwest and he will be sorely missed by all!

I took a few photo's that I thought all of you might enjoy.  One thing I'll miss is the huge 3 day swap meet associated with the show, chatting it up with Rich Ross and other Minnesotans who make it annually to the show.  There's a good photo of Rich & his daughter working the booth and the Scale Contest displays. 

Show Winner!

To Our International Visitors ...

Thank you for checking into our website from time to time.  We appreciate your desire to keep Scale & Giant Scale R/C planes flying everywhere!


Cal Branton, President

(651) 459-5107

Brian Crossley, Treasurer

(612) 721-4989

D. Andersen, Secretary

(952) 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Web Editor

(651) 343-3407

Fly well, fly safely and share your skills

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

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