This was our Final Meeting for this building season.  All of you have a great and safe flying season ... we'll be looking to see all of you at all various flying events this summer and fall. 


Meeting Directions: Southtown Baptist Church


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Friday March 23rd, 2018 was the 4th meeting night of the season that coincided with a major winter storm! Mother Nature knows that members of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota welcome a meteorological challenge whether it is winds at the field in June, tornados in August, or blizzards from November through March! In spite of the heavy snows and drifting we had a record turnout of 41 Members & Friends for the last meeting of this building season.

President Cal Branton: called the meeting to order after helping members assemble their projects for discussion.

SFM: Passing on what they've learned

Chris Mayer: Top Flite Giant Scale P-51D Kit/Built

Chris Mayer displayed his latest nearly finished Top Flite GS P-51D project. It began as a TF-GS P51D Kit Build. He’s installed Sierra Giant Scale P-51 gear with UPT sequencing valve and many modifications to improve the scale detail including:

  • Leo Spychalla Cowling

  • Larger spinner dia to be more scale

  • Paint masks from Callie Graphix

  • ProMark Stencils for nomanclatrue

  • Gas caps & stiffeners by Chad Veich

  • Electrodynamics LED light system

Chris glassed the structure w/Poly and painted with house paint and Krylon rattle can Silver (Wal-Mart) buffed with 600 grit look like aluminum panels. No topcoat over the paint/details. Had issues with color fades with topcoats.

I asked Chris some follow-up questions in an email and he was kind enough to share additional insights into this project!

Why the new build?  Two reasons: First, I wanted to build another to add the scale fidelity that I always wanted in a scale model.  Secondly, Old Boy is 12 years old with nearly 1000 flights on her.  While she is still strong, I wanted Collin to have this one so that we can fly in formation together.

When did you start the build?  I began in May of 2015.

What's different and why?  This is a full kit build with significant modifications to the plan to reflect a more scale outline along with additional reinforcement where needed.

Details?  Gee, where do I start?  OS 60GT for power, Sierra Gear, hand laid gear doors, functional intercooler exhaust door, full cockpit, Lyle Vasser pilot (Bob Sweeney), 5.5 inch spinner to fit Spychalla cowling, lighting system by EMS, full panel lines and rivet detail.  Fasteners provided by Chad Viech and are vinyl. Paint is Silver Krylon.  Model Masters for the insignia. Nomenclature by ProMark.

Challenges in this build?  Probably the largest challenge was in fitting the Spychalla cowl to a full kit build.  The Spychalla cowl was designed to fit the ARF.  A lot of modifications were necessary to fit it to the kit.  As far as I know, I am the first to do it. The fuse had to be extended by ½ inch to allow for scale dimensions.  The cowl is doweled to absorb most of the vibration.  It is secured in place by 6 screws accessed from within the cowling.

Something new learned in the build?  I learned that you can make virtually anything out of ABS plastic, various sizes of tubing and a lot of patience.  I see a 3d printer in my future.

What's left to  finish?  At this point, just the canopy stabilizer and the canopy itself. Should be complete by next weekend. Then final balancing.  I expect to add nearly a pound of lead to the nose.  All up weight should be around 29 pounds.

When do you plan to maiden the aircraft & where?  The maiden will be in Owatonna as soon as Spring gets here!



Jeff Edstrom’s: Balsa USA ¼ scale Fokker D-VII

 Jeff shared his latest WWI work of art, a new Fokker D-VII!  He has become well known in the region for his flight demonstrations of his yellow ¼ scale Fokker D-VII powered by a Saito FA-220 glow 4 stroke for years and years.

He shared his latest WWI work of art, a new Fokker D-VII! Jeff has become well known in the region for his flight demonstrations of his yellow ¼ scale Fokker D-VII powered by a Saito FA-220 glow 4 stroke for years and years.

We had to ask why he built another. The answer was simple; he crashed his last one last fall in Owatonna. Jeff started the build on the first of December 2017 so he really moved on this build.

Jeff painted it differently to match his 1/3rd scale Fokker Dr1 and match early Fokker paint schemes. Naturally he’s added more scale details including scale hinges. He says it was difficult to keep the tail light enough.

Jeff tells us that Callie Graphix is a great company to do business with. All the lettering and fuselage are from Callie. Unfortunately the paint is not glow fuel resistant so Jeff is looking to switching the Saito FA-220 from nitro to gas.

Jeff tells us he’ll maiden the Fokker when it QUITS SNOWING.


Zach Geragi: MIG-29 Twin Turbine Project

  • (2) Jetcat 150’s w/ 72# of thrust

  • (5) Airtanks to provide enough pressure & volume

  • Work in progress

  • Avoid Tailerons

  • FlyEagle Unit

  • Propane start safer to avoid Hot starts

  • UAT’s in nose cone

  • 1-1/2 gallons of Jet-A & 50 ounces of Smoke Oil

  • Dreamworks Fuel Vents

  • Flight time 6-7 minutes

  • Integrated Gyro/PowerBox

  • Pro RC Airtraps

  • 15 MKS-777A servos total – 10 servos in tail alone

  • Needs new radio – current radio is 3 channels short


Aircraft !


Brandon Archer’s: FMS-F-18 Super Hornet (70 mm) & RC-Geek's: CenterBurner AB Lights

Brandon tells us he’s always wanted an F-18 and this one has the most scale features on it in the foamie market to date!

He ordered the ARF from Horizon. He started the build in March 2018. 

He’s planning on doing a few scale mods to the front landing gear strut and gear doors, white paint for the gear, cover a few servo bays with styrene, detailed weathering to the entire plane.

Brandon is a detail fiend for his small foamies so he had to do something special for his F-18 Super Hornet to make it stand out. He found a truly mesmerizing toy from The RC Geek called the “CenterBurner AB Lights”. This is a custom set of LED’s and circuit that looks like a realistic afterburner set-up. More information:

He expects to test fly the F-18 at 3M RC when it's free of snow!


Next Meeting October 26, 2018

Scott Anderson’s: Freewing Models Lippisch P.15

With a nod to all the jet projects recently displayed by members, Scott brought in the New Freewing Lippisch P.15 EDF.

Designed as the successor to the rocket powered ME-163 Sparrow the L.15 was to be the Luftwaffe’s turbine powered fighter of 1946.

Fortunately (?) no copies were actually built so this model design is a nod to Alexander Lippisch’s brilliance as a cutting edge aircraft designer.

The model is a flying wing with two moveable surfaces. Scott received the package from Motion RC Friday and spend 10 minutes assembling the model before the Scale Flyers Meeting!

The P.15 will use a 3S 2200 LiPo and will be ready to fly as soon as Scott gets time.


Larry Sorenson’s: ISDT Smart Charger

Larry brought in his compact charger that he found through Amazon. The ISDT SC-608 150W charger has easy to understand menus and is a reasonable price.  It's under $50.00

RC Groups has a concise review of this nice charger.


Larry Sorenson’s: Fei Bao Jet’s 1/5.5 scale MIG-21 Rework

The Mig-21 is from Fei Bao Jets.  It is 1/5.5 scale.  The jet has been flown before but has benefited from a good going-through.  Larry added lightness by moving components for better balance and removing 1.5 pounds of lead.  The layout was also improved by tidying up a mess of wires.  Larry tells us he simplified field assembly by fitting auto-plug connectors for the wing servos, landing lights and pneumatic retracts.  The vertical fin got the same treatment and now is removable for transport. 

The engine is a Jets Munt 140.  Dry weight of the MIG-21 is just over 28 pounds.  Larry says it is entertaining that the model was painted in an air show scheme, and then thoroughly “weathered”. (Perhaps the original builder thought the RED color scheme was a squadron’s colors)

The biggest challenge was working inside the narrow fuselage.  It is 90” long and less than eight inches wide.

Larry started the rebuild in January.  Once the switch panel is complete it will be ready to fly.  He tells us the MIG-21 will take to the air at SMMAC after the field has dried and he’s had a few flights on the Panther.  He’s hoping for a nice flying date in May.

Larry likes the Mig-21 as it’s the iconic Cold War adversary.  The Mig-21 first flew in 1955 and is still in service today.

Sherwood Heggen’s: 1/3rd Scale Pitts S2 Big Stinker

The airplane was originally flown with an Olympic 80cc chain saw engine converted to an aircraft engine by Fred Walman around 1978. The engine was very heavy, perhaps around 8-9 pounds. As a result lead was necessary in the tail to balance.

It originally flew at the Byron’s Originals Giant Scale Event in Ida Grove, Iowa in 1978. The airplane and engine were almost banned from flying due to outrageously large engines and 35# weight!

The restoration took place to overall make it a better, lighter airplane that would perform like the real Pitts S2A. The original had inadequate servos and radio system and along with the engine, performance was sluggish. The original weighed around 35 pounds dry as opposed to the current weight of 25 pounds dry.

The plane was built from Andy Sheber plans (designed for Quadra 35 cc power).  The color scheme was from color pictures obtained when the airplane was first built nearly 40 years ago. The Marion Cole color scheme now is the same one Sherwood had on my Pitts back then.

The original build was started around 1979 and the restoration began about the beginning of 2013.The difference being pursued is a lighter aircraft with a more powerful lighter engine and a radio that can let it perform to its potential.

Two Pitts were built originally by Chris O'Connor and Sherwood. The subject Pitts was formerly Chris's. Sherwood had sold his in the late 1980's. Chris built fuselages and Sherwood built wings and tails.

Construction is of spruce, plywood and balsa. Covering is Sig Koverall with Stits Polybrush as a base and Rustoleum for paint from the spray can. The engine is a DLE 111 with a Xoar 27x10 prop and headers straight off the exhaust port rather than the stock dual muffler which would take away from a scale appearance. A Graupner 12 channel radio is on order and servos are the modern day high torque variety. Batteries are 123's.

Challenges in the build were to determine what was right and wrong about the airframe. Though this aircraft seemed to fly well back when it was new, wing, tail and thrust line did not meet what he expected to be correct. Adjustments were made to a standard he believes to be correct for an aerobatic biplane. Sherwood no longer have the plans to confirm if they were right or wrong, so measurements were taken from his 1/3 scale Weeks Special and applied to the Pitts.

Nothing really new has been learned in the restoration of the Pitts. To come will be learning the operation of an engine much bigger than he's used to. Also, Sherwood intends to install a smoke system once he learns how well it flies.

The Pitts was "tacked" together to be able to show it at the last Scale Flyers meeting of the season. Flying wires and tail brace wires are yet to be fit and installed. The gas and smoke oil tank mounting board is made but the plumbing is still to be done. Stars are supposed to be on the blue sunbeam on the wings and tail and red checkerboard still needs to be applied to the bottom of the wings and tail. The windshield is made and ready to install. Fairings between the landing gear and fuselage still need to be figured out, made, and installed. The engine is new so some ground running will take place to confirm that it will be reliable in the air.

Once Sherwood feels confident the Pitts is correct in every way, it will be given its maiden flight. Certainly, it is expected to be in the air by early summer. The maiden flight will be at SMMAC Field later this spring/summer.

Roy Maynard’s: French Fouga Magister Military Jet Trainer built under license by Israel.

Kit reportedly designed by a group of Israeli guys that market it thru internet under name RCJetCenter. 

You pay them but Fei Bao Jets in China actually has the molds and they build and paint it and ship to you.

Roy had a spare 100N turbine and looked for unique subject to put it in. He got the kit over a year ago but had to do some modifications that took time mostly with the flap servos.

The kit has a 106 inch wingspan, speed brakes, cockpit kit, Y exhaust pipe and I think around 32 - 34 lbs dry. Roy tells us he learned a lot about programming the JETI during this build.  Also plumbing and wiring is fairly complex with this model.

All he has left to do is balance the jet and decide where to put Rx antennas. This jet will fly this summer probably Owatonna first to use the runway.

Scale Aircraft For Sale

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1/5th Scale Nakajima Ki-27 Type-97 "NATE", Reid Models

Asking $1500

  • 93" wingspan, 3-piece wing - painted

  • Well detailed with raised panel lines, hatches, rivets and weathering


  • New set of Plans ($60)

  • New set of spare Spats ($65)

  • Hitec HS-5645 servos on flight surfaces

  • Newish engine (I believe it is a DLE-55) ( I was told it was new when I bought it.)

  • Built by Lee Watkins (Warbirds & Classics Alliance)

  • Watkins replaced the tailskid with a wire tail wheel after it was broken off at an event.

  • I bought this January 2017 as is for $2000 from the last owner in Alabama

  • Asking $1500

Contact: Scott Anderson:


1/4 Scale LA-7 Kit, Andersen Designs

Asking $1200 (Reduced Price)

  • 96.5" Wingspan, addition details & video (Click Here)

  • Plans

  • Sierra Retracts
  • VicRC Fiberglas Fuselage
  • Micko Cowl & Canopy
  • PCK Wood Parts

Contact Kirk Hall:


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