SFM News Letter

November 2007

by: David P. Andersen

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The next meeting of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, November 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 the last meeting ...

Dave Schwantz presented his F-18C from a Skymaster’s kit. This kit is an ARF that came as you saw it at the meeting. It flies with a JetCat P-120 turbine. It uses Skymaster’s scale landing gear and weighs 29lbs. The bird holds 140 oz. of fuel that only provides around an 8 minute flight. While the color scheme is very pleasing it is very difficult to see in the air. The airplane flies well and lands well. The speed brake is very effective.
Cal Branton (owner) and Dave Schwantz (builder) presented a partial finished Air World ARF kit of the Navy’s F9F-2 Panther. This is a straight wing jet from the Korean War era. This plane is powered by a JetCat Titan Turbine. It has all of the panel lines and rivet detail molded into the surfaces of the model. Dave is adding all of the scale details including a sliding canopy.

R/C International

Chris O’Connor showed his P-51D Mustang built from a Top Flite ARC kit. The fuselage is covered in Flight Metal aluminum and the wing is fiberglassed and painted. Paint is Stits paint and did not blush in high humidity. Silver paint matched the aluminum very well. Used Aerotech cockpit and wheels with Robart retracts. This bird is powered with a Desert Aircraft DA-50 engine with a scale exhaust system. Epoxy was used on the cockpit gauges to give them that yellowish tinge seen on aged instrumentation.

Tell Everyone! Second Annual Dinner for Scale Flyers of Minnesota, IMAA Chapter 46 and SMMAC will be held at the Bloomington Outback Steak House (12th Ave. S and 494) 1/19/08 more details to come....

Couples, Family and Friends are invited.  For reservations, contact Cal Branton at BRANTONCFB@msn.com 

Jeff Micko brought his latest creation to share. It is a home made F6F-5 Hellcat being modeled from Russian 3-views. The 3-views are supposed to be exact scale and Jeff is not making any deviations. It is approximately 1/5 scale. He will be using Robart landing gear and a Zenoah G-62 engine for power. Wing center section will be laid up fiberglass with built up removable outer panels.

Jeff Quesenberry brought his Polikarpov I-16 to show his progress. This plane resembles a Russian Gee Bee and in fact has its origins based on the Gee Bee design. It is 1/3 scale with a 118 inch wingspan. The plane will weigh in at about 45lbs with a 3W-120 engine for power. This plane has the distinction of being the first plane with retractable landing gear. The Russians also flew the I-16 off of snow with special skis attached to the wheels that would lay flat against the belly of the fuselage when the gear was retracted.
Cal Branton brought a Cessna 150/150 Aerobat that he bought earlier this year. This is a one off plane that was built by Bob Patten from scratch and looks fantastic. Cal reports that it flies as good as it looks. It is 1/3 scale and powered by a 3W-85 twin engine, it has functional brakes, lights, flaps, and a host of other details. Cal has since sold the plane to Tim Johnson. Tim has a fine home for the plane and it should enjoy many hours of flight in Owatonna.

John Clarks D18 over Tri-Valley

Gorgeous, Detailed, did I say Gorgeous!

Jeff's Quesenberry's La 7 (from David Andersen's plans) & Dave Andersen's'  Lynx (from Dave Andersen's plans) Steve Meyer's Hawk at the IMAA Chapter 46 Fly-In...


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Meeting notes by Mark Prokop.  Photos by Cal Branton and Kirk Hall



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