SFM News Letter

November 2005

by: David P. Andersen

See You at Our Next Meeting!

The next meeting of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be held on Friday, November 25, 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 6501 Portland, Richfield.   Guests are always welcome.  Come early and dine in the restaurant, now smoke-free.

At the last meeting…

Mark Prokop announced the death of Scale Flyer John Green.  The Scale Flyers did send a memorial. Since the last meeting, Scale Flyer Wayne Jaax has also gone flying forever. Dan Schmidt reported on the St. Charles Scale Fly-in. Jeff Micko summarized the Northern Military Alliance Owatonna Fly-in.


Bernie Kobilka displayed a Saito 450 3-cylinder engine.  7 HP—2 HP more than a G62 at same weight (but 3x as expensive).  6800 RPM w/ 22-12 prop. “Nice engine—smooth running.” Planned for fifth-scale model of prototype Corsair.


Dave Andersen demonstrated a wheel chock for large airplanes.  Velcro tape attaches wheel chock to carpeting in car floor.  Release allows plane to be rolled out w/o moving chock.

Eric Malkerson passed around a low profile retract he designed for turbine a/c wings.  Eric also gave away a vacuum-forming frame.

Wayne Siewert summarized some upcoming AEROTECH projects—a P-47 in Venezuelan colors and a bigger Mooney in quarter scale, 108-inch span.  A/c have been sent to Greece, NJ, England and California just this week.  Wayne discussed the testing of the new Cimmaster (formerly Brisson) REV 50 engine. 8400 RPM w/ tuned pipe and 20x10 prop.   First 8 flights produced 8 dead-stick landings.  Tends to sag 4-5 min into flight.  Brian Crossley discussed a similar problem with the DA 50 engine. There was a general discussion of the Scale Masters Tournament and the decline of scale competition.

Kevin Kavaneys Nimbus 4 sailplane

Scott Russells P-38 Carl Bachhubers 180 in span Stratocruiser Tim Johnson's GeeBee at Toledo

Joe Caseys Rosco Turner Pesco Special

Jim Greenlys Bearcat

Larry McCormicks Top Flight Mustang

Editorial: The Decline of the Modeling Press

“There’s nothing in this magazine that interests me,” a scale modeler friend complained as he dropped his copy of Model Aviation on the workbench beside his Ziroli B-25.

I was surprised.  But, on further analysis, I saw his point. There is so much, MA can devote only superficial coverage to each interest.  For the experienced scale modeler like my friend, that’s not useful.

Last June, R/C Modeler, the first and last model magazine containing in-depth technical articles, went out of business.  RCM was hurt by magazine stands no longer selling any model magazines—they have become too boring for the general public.

Remember Model Builder, Grid Leaks, Scale RC Modeler and American Modeler?  These were magazines that spoke to invention and craftsmanship. What remains today is devoted primarily to ARF sales, not creativity.  So we must suffer endless product reviews of similar products.  No magazine even publishes large scale construction articles anymore. In the modeling press, consumerism has displaced craftsmanship.

You don’t read much about model building because the advertising money is in ARFs. Yet, scale model building is booming like a speakeasy during Prohibition.  The profusion of kit-cutting services and Tim Johnson’s wonderful fly-ins are proof of that.

To be sure, ARFs are a fine addition to our hobby. Perfect for beginners. People too busy to build can fly beautiful ARF scale airplanes. And ARFs free up time for serious builders to create ever more complex subjects.

But ARFs are really boring to read about...

Bring a plane or tool or process or something to a meeting and win 2 raffle tickets.  Please email Mark Prokop and tell him what you are bringing.  This will help him plan the meeting

“Once you build a Ziroli, you can build anything”—Bernie Kolbika.

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.

Fly well...Fly safely

Mark Prokop, President, mjprokop@aol.com  David P. Andersen, Grand Poo-bah, davidpandersen76@gmail.com