SFM News Letter

March 2007

by: David P. Andersen

See You at Our Next Meeting!

The next meeting of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, March 30, 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 )

At Our Last Meeting...

Mark Prokop described his visit to the Midlands Large Model Flying Group in northern England.  He spent a Saturday with a local scale modeler, Pete Siggins, who flew his Minnesota-designed Howard Pete. Mark also visited a local hobby shop, the Imperial War Museum and a full scale airshow featuring a Bearcat.  The model club is limited to 25 members and cannot fly on Sundays.  Modelers tend to purchase supplies directly from the US because that is cheaper.



Thanks to Jon Bomers for the new Scale Flyers of Minnesota Logo.

Jeff Micko showed a fiberglass cowl he made for Jeff Quesenberry’s Polikarpov I -16 Ratta.  Plans per an Italian design.
Dave Andersen demonstrated SeeTemp plastic as a template material for scratch building.  Trace with X-acto, then snap apart. More Info at  www.seetemp.com

Wayne Siewert discussed the color and documentation for his 1/4 scale 1988 Porsche Mooney which is headed for Top Gun with pilot Scott Russell. Wayne demonstrated very bright landing lights, navigation lights, strobe and 4 interior lights.  A total of 5 batteries, 13 servos were used.  Doll clothes used in the luggage compartment.  Molded gas caps, antennas, etc.  Jet style brakes on mains are set before touchdown.  DA50 engine. Vacuum-formed interior panels & dash.  Carpeted floor.  Functional door latches. Removable belly pan which has no screws, Wayne used hooks and pins for flush fit. Eric Malkerson retracts.  Misc. materials from McMaster-Carr www.mcmaster.com 

Roy Maynard described an “anatomy of a crash”—clipping the fin and wing of his SeaFury on a power line, but saving the ship with a wheels-up landing.  The repaired airplane appeared to be no worse for the ordeal.  Roy demonstrated the electric retracts that use 360-ounce-inch servos (keep fingers clear!).  Roy also passed around a XOAR Wooden Props  made in China.

Raffle Prize

Angle Pro Incidence Meter

Chris O’Connor compared the qualities of Biela and Boly carbon-fiber props.  Biela have a smooth white gel-coat surface, smoother than Boly.  Partially hollow.  “Really nice.”

Eric Malkerson gave away several aviation books—crop dusting, air shows, etc.  Thanks, Eric.

Photo's of the Month!
Dick Stein's B25 Rotates Joe G's F86 on the farm Verna Jones' Biz Card Jon B's GBZ

Workshops featuring Tim Johnson & Jeff Quesenberry ...Open to all! ... Read More

"Skill comes by constant repetition of familiar feats rather than by a few bold attempts" - Wilbur Wright


Cal Branton, President, BRANTONCFB@msn.com - 651 459-5107

Mark Prokop, Treasurer, mjprokop@comcast.net - 651 688-6340

D. Andersen, Sec. davidpandersen76@gmail.com - 952 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Webmaster, Jon.Bomers@Comcast.Com

See You at Our Next Meeting!