SFM News Letter
by: David P. Andersen
See You at Our Next
meeting of winter of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be held on
Friday, March 26, 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 (check out the
all-you-can-eat fish fry). At the last meeting…
displayed a gorgeous 36% Sukoi built from a Lanier kit. 43 lbs, 10’
span, RCS 210 radio, RCS 215 5-cylinder radial engine w/ collector
ring muffler. Tank uses a mechanical swivel instead of a clunk. This
eliminates the need for a header tank. Titanium R/C car links. Three
servos on each control surface. Rudder cables are 16" stranded
steel. Two receivers, custom Y-harnesses w/ Dean connectors. Kit is
"like a Goldberg kit. For the price, I’m impressed, but the
tail, cowl and canopy are heavy. Would be nice if it were
lighter." Color scheme is Perfect Paint. Pilot is a plush bear.
||Paul Costello’s colorful
Christen Eagle is a modified Great Planes ARF. "Pretty decent
airplane" but "the worst Monokote I’ve ever seen."
Same size and weight as a Byron. G45, Bisson muffler, 19 lbs.
presented his original design Grumman Gulfhawk II. Modeled
after original in Smithsonian. 1/4 scale, 87" span,
est. wt. 45-50 lbs. GT 80. CB Assoc 6 1/2" wheels.
Primer is water-based polyurethane varnish with green food
coloring added. Balsa USA Sopwith Pup cowl. Novel ply jig
holds aircraft off its wheels during construction. Canopy
retracts in flight by servo and brass tubing rails. Duane
demonstrated his original design retractable landing gear
made from brass tubing. Silver soldered oleo shocks.
Gulfhawk rested on a medical table brought by Mike Dorff. Deluxe
table has a very flat Formica surface. Height is hydraulically
adjustable with a fold-away crank. Tables are for sale in 6’ and 8’
lengths for $250. Another model sells for $150. Call Mike at
Bernie Kobilka brought a model of a Lockheed Orion that he
built in 1932 when he was 14 years old. Solid balsa with
engine cylinders, landing gear struts, metal prop from
welding rod. 1/32nd scale. He stopped building at 14 due to
other interests. Restarted at age 70. He described building
14 Spacewalkers. All but two are still flying. "Those
that could handle them, kept them. Those that couldn’t,
sold them," he said while staring at Johnny B.
Baligrodzki’s Balsa USA Fokker D-8 was modified to restore scale
nose length, shortening it by 2 inches. "Good, clear
instructions." OS 180. But "lots of small deviations"
from the referenced 3-views which John is fixing in order to be
competitive. Sub-wing is removable for repairs: "Nice!"
Cabane struts held in place by wing—easy to repair: "a neat
idea." Bare bones fuselage showed John’s excellent
brought a box of vintage R/C gear—escapements, a reed transmitter,
etc. Very interesting. Thanks, Bruce.
were a 12 v. Cermark geared starter and an M1 gas pump
Recommended wed site: www.landings.com.
Click on databases and registrations. Look up owner of any current
airplane by tail number or a/c type. Source of scale info.
David P. Andersen, Grand Poo-bah, email@example.com