Our next SFM Meeting in on February 22, 2019.  We continue to look forward to seeing some of the wonderful projects being developed by a number of our SFM Members ... Please bring'em to the next meeting and share your insights! 


Meeting Directions: Southtown Baptist Church



Photos & Meeting Notes Courtesy of Scott E. Anderson



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It was a day from the Polar Vortex and warmed up to -18 F when President Cal Branton opened the meeting. Twenty Seven(27) hardy souls challenged the cold to attend.

Scott Russell's Sodbusters Field Update

Scott Russell gave us a short update on the status of the Sodbusters Club Field.


Quick Discussions

  • Cal Branton advised us that SMMAC of Owatonna is hosting Minnesota Jets June 15-16, 2019.  This will be Minnesota’s first Jet Event!  Turbines, ducted fans and EDF’s are welcome to fly. More to come...

  • Zach Geragi & Phil Schwartz discussed sources for Paper-Mill Conveyor belt material vs. Geotextile matting as an option to re-surface the runways of the SMMAC Field.


Dennis Batty & Tim Brochman Presented Dennis’ Dornier Do-335 Pfeil ("Arrow") Electric Twin

Dennis Batty & Tim Brochman showed off Dennis’ Do-335 Piel electric twin.  Tim had found the ARF manufactured in Europe and ordered it on-line.

On arrival he found it was a plain white foam model with very poor instructions.

After some engineering and painting skill they estimated the CG and positioned the motors and batteries accordingly.

The first flight was quick but predictable. It promises to be a great aircraft once the weather warms up!


David P. Andersen on Designing Wing Ribs

David P. Andersen gave a talk about designing wing ribs using Model CAD Software and a JPEG image of your chosen airfoil.

Dave explained how to import a JPEG image of the airfoil into the software and ‘trace’ it digitally in Model CAD to give it dimension and scalability.

Anyone can create their own wing design using this technique!

Jeff Quesenberry building David's  IIyushin II-2 Shturmovik prototype (above right photo)


Next Meeting

February 22, 2019 ...

See Ya Soon!

Joe Neidermeyr's, Junkers Ju 52

Joe Neidermeyer showed his technique for making lightweight corrugated scale skins for his 1/10th scale Junkers JU-52.

As we learned last month, Joe loves to use this product for foam imperfections.

Subterrain, a foam putty (cool stuff - check-it-out), is a product popular for working with and repairing scenery in model railroading.


Roy Carrigan's  Feibao MB-339

Roy Carrigan showed his Fei Bo MB-339 jet.  He recently purchased the aircraft complete and has been performing some updates to the airframe.

The jet has a wingspan of 94 1/2" and a lenght od 95 3/4" Updates included navigation and landing lights.

The MB-339 weighs 50# wet and is powered by a Jet Central Rhino 170.  The engine only has 3 hours on it so Roy is excited about doing a lot of flying this summer!


Jeff Quesenberry's 28 Year Old Stab Jig

Something's just work great in our Hobby, so why not use'em!  Several years ago Jim Greenly built a beautiful Seafury and to assist himself he also made a jig to ensure that the stab was straight and true.  Jeff Quesenberry has been using this hand-me-down for many years, while employing the numerous wood-working tips and tricks he learned from Jim.

The jig consists of two 3/4" plywood glued, screwed and gusseted together at 90 degrees.  Jeff uses drywall screws to hold it down to his bench.


Pilot Recognition Contest, Winner Selected!

Last month I asked if you recognize this SFM member and to send in an entry for the January meeting & a winner will be drawn from the correct entries!

A winner was selected from all the correct responses I received!   Clearly I need to make this harder for you guys in the future.

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