SFM News Letter

March 2008

by: David P. Andersen

The last meeting of the season for the Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, March 28, 2008 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 non-smoking restaurant.  (Directions)

At the last meeting ...

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Wayne Siewert showed us his new Porsche Mooney headed for this years Top Gun.  It took top static last year and 4th in Team.  This scale beauty weights 42 lbs and fly's wonderfully on a DA 50. He described the “wheel barrowing effect” that happens to tricycle geared flapped aircraft sometimes and how to prevent it. He showed a fully articulated pilot in 1/4 scale, 5 1/2 oz. from Premier Pilots

Happy 90th Birthday! Bernie Kobilka

Roy Maynard discussed a technique for creating very realistic upholstery for the interior of his Siewert Mooney using flocking in a plastic bag.  He also presented his 1/4-scale La-7  in bare bones.  Saito 450 3-cylinder glow engine. Plans by Dave Andersen, cowl by Jeff Micko, retracts by Eric Malkerson, canopy by Wayne Siewert. Seems to be a club project, sort of.

Dave Andersen showed his 5th scale Focke Wulf TA 152H, 114” span.  Glassed, ready for primer. Not an enlargement of his 6th scale design (see video in last month’s online newsletter) but a new design.  3-piece wing and removable tail. Plans will be public domain. 

Cal Branton gave an update on the Tri-Valley field situation. Will it become a gravel pit?

Chris Launer described making small carbon-fiber/epoxy molded parts using a Food-Saver Bag. Available at Target, $40.00.

John Baligrodzki announced the local Scale Masters Qualifier, the Minnesota Scale Classic, will be held August 2 at ACRC.  Airtronics spread-spectrum radio and other prizes.  $10 entry fee.  Two Fun Scale, Expert and Team events.

Leo Wolf described his G62 rebuild by Ralph Cunningham of  RC Ignitions that saved 1-1/2 lbs from the stock version on magneto   Contact: RC Ignitions Williams AZ.

Jeff Quesenberry’s Polikarpov I-16 is nearly finished.  It's 40 lbs now but he will need 10 lbs nose ballast to balance due to the short nose.  The model is a 30% scale and F/G cowl by Jeff Micko.  Wing filets of lightweight Bondo.  3M Hair-Set Tape on wing ribs gives fabric look despite sheeted wing. AH pilot is a UK company. Aluminum paint is 3 rattle cans of Krylon from Seven Corners Hardware.  Vinyl graphics from a print shop in Northfield.  Cheater flaps.  Top of wing is flat, dihedral comes from taper in bottom surface.  “I don’t know how long the gear doors will last, or the whole airplane for that matter.”  First flight is planned for April Fool’s Day at 3PM.


Darren Blitzer displayed a Dave Platt Focke Wulf 190A purchased at an auction, builder unknown.  He revised the tail linkage, added a Dragon pilot and other modifications.

Joe Grice's F-86 Pilot

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D. Andersen's Grumman Lynx

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“There is something that is really extraordinary about the people who build airplanes and who love to fly either full scale or miniature aircraft, modelers or pilots engaged in fierce competition will drop everything to assist a competitor who is in need, even though it reduces their chance of winning.”

...Bud Durant

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Meeting photos by Bud Durant & Kirk Hall ...Thanks Guys!

We'll See You At Next Months Meeting!