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
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 -
announced the TCRC Annual
Auction will be held
Saturday, February 11. Last
year 400 planes were sold. Details
Annual Dinner - Cal
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
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!”
... 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!
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.
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
w/ exhaust ring. Biele 28x16
4-blade static prop. CompARF
4-blade flying prop. Foam wing and
tail. Model will be covered with
“Genius is eternal patience.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.