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November 2014

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About 30 Scale Flyers of Minnesota members attended our last meeting held on Friday, November 29, 7:00 pm.  Don't forget a December Meeting has been added to the schedule for Friday December 19, 2014.

Location; Southtown Baptist Church, 2600 W 82nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55431.

 At the last meeting ...

Brief Bits

  • The 30th Annual Meeting of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota was called to order by Dave Andersen in place of Cal Branton. There were 28 members and guests in attendance. 

  • Dave Andersen made a motion for the SFM to donate $250 to the Church in appreciation for the 6 meetings we will hold this season.

  • Scott E. Anderson is now the Newsletter Editor for the SFM.  After 25 years as SFM's newsletter editor, David Andersen has passed the pen to Scott.

  • Larry Sorenson ... thank you for your help and assistance with this months Newsletter!


Meet Our "New" Newsletter Editor

Scott Anderson will be serving as SFM's Newsletter Editor.  He is a master scale modeler, an excellent writer and photographer as well as a frequent contributor to the Twin Cities Radio Controllers newsletter.

For those worldwide members and non-Minnesota visitors to our website, we just want to go on record that not everyone in the club is named Anderson!


Please help us welcome Scott Anderson and pass along those tidbits and stories you'd like to see included in his meeting newsletter journal.  Scott's email is: and will be placed on this and future SFM Newsletters.


Dave Andersen shared the latest development in his 1/4 Scale Hurricane project. It is being designed as a Gas or Electric powered design. Dave talked about the desire to make a large electric powered Hurricane sound like a Full size Hurricane using digital recording of the Merlin engine projected through a pair of 4” speakers mounted forward and backward in the radiator.

Dave described the ease in building a scale radiator by simply removing (carving or sanding) the balsa that does not look like the radiator. :-)


Phil Schwartz of Owatonna brought his Ziroli P-47 razorback that has had a long history of ownership by SFM members including Jeff Quesenbury, Opie Logue and Darren Bitzer before it finally got to Phil.

Powered by a Quadra 75 it weighs in at approx. 38#. It should be flying great in 2015! It was suggested that the 2015 NAMFI be organized as the “Year of the Jugs”!


Jeff Micko brought his molds for a giant scale Vultee Vindicator engine cowling that he’s building for Jeff Quesenberry.  It is a complicated shape that requires a split mold to make it work properly.  Jeff discussed the details for creating the plug and the split mold.


Scott Russell brought his ¼ scale P-38J Lightening project.

It started as a Paul LeTourneau project that was designed around the new Desert Aircraft DA-100 in-line twins.  Paul got tired of waiting for DA to develop the engines and is now moving on to jets, so he sold it via RC Universe.

Scott needs to buy a wider trailer and find someone to build a set of ¼ scale retracts. He’d thinking of the ‘Honey Bunch” nose art and colors. He hopes to have it flyable by the 2015 summer flying season.

Jeff Quesenberry and Richard Steine brought in their completed Dave Andersen designed Kawasaki Ki-45’s.  Each are powered by a pair of Zenoah G45’s with Biela 20”x10”x3 bladed props.

Jeff’s aircraft weighs in at almost 48lbs.  Jeff has 17 flights on his grey schemed Ki-45 so

far.  He flew it at the NAMFI in Owatonna last August and got in 13 flights at "Warbirds Over the Midwest" in Fond Du Lac, WI.  The Ki-45 got a lot of attention at the Fond Du Lac meet by warbird pilots every time it came to the flight line.

He did have some initial issues with the CG.  The original test flights indicated it was a bit tail heavy.  This was fixed by adding 13 ounces to the nose (moved the CG ½” forward).  He also found that it needed more rudder authority on the take-off roll but was just fine in the air.

Richard (Dick) Steine has his Ki-45 just about ready for its first flight.  He’s painted it with latex paint and rattle can trim colors.  The Dark Green & Grey home defense color scheme really stands out!  The panel lines and shading really add to the effect.

Dave Andersen talked about the benefits of having his prototype designs built by several friends as a method to work out issues before it is published to the public. Dave mentioned he’s received over 22 revisions and suggestions from the Ki-45 prototype team.

Brian Crossley displayed his ESM Donier Do-335 Pfeil (Arrow).

It has Sierra Giant Scale retracts that had been modified by Down & Locked for electric operation. Brian has had several problems with the electrified gear and has had to replace motors several times.

The Do-335 was originally powered by an OS 55 gas engine but Brian re-engined it with a Laser V2-360 (3.6 cu-in) (60 cc) nitro engine up front. There is no engine in the rear and Brian suggests removing the rear (free-wheeling) prop as it acts as a drag chute.

Last year Brian stripped the original ARF covering and closed up the open structure before applying fiberglass finishing.  It’s been flying great for 3 years so Brian plans to detail it this winter. He tells us that it flies best on a 22x10

2-blade prop turning about 7k. It weighs in nearly 32#.  He’s built it with removable vertical and horizontal stabilizers so it almost fits in the original box.


Don't forget a December Meeting has been added to the schedule for Friday December 19, 2014.

Thank's to everyone for making our November 2014 SFM Meeting a great one!


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To Our International Visitors ...

Thank you for checking into our website from time to time.  We appreciate your desire to keep Scale & Giant Scale R/C planes flying everywhere!


Cal Branton, President


Brian Crossley, Treasurer


Scott E. Anderson, Secretary


Jon Bomers, Web Editor


Have Fun, Fly safely & Teach others what you've learned!

Scott E. Anderson, Secretary of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota.

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