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November 2015

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A Scale Flyers of Minnesota meeting was held on Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm. at; Southtown Baptist Church.

Our next Meeting is January 15, 2016 @ 7:00pm

 At the last meeting ...

  We had over 30 members and guests join us for our second meeting of the season!

President Calvin Branton had other commitments and asked Kirk Hall to chair the meeting for November 2015.  Kirk welcomed everyone and started off with the secretary’s report, treasurer’s report followed by Old Business then New Business. Show & Tell began quickly and took most of the evening

Larry Sorenson gave the treasurer’s report followed by a short discussion of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota Group on Google Groups.  As of this meeting Larry had invited 80 members and guests to join the discussion forum and 30 had accepted.  There will be more discussion to come.

Larry distributed Dues Forms to the attending members and guests.  Dues for membership in the Scale Flyers of Minnesota are $10.00/year.  The Membership Dues have remained $10.00 for many years now and we just wanted to express our sincere Thank You for your continued support!

Feel free to contact Larry Sorenson for SFM membership details:  or check-out SFM Membership.


Darren Bitzer brought in his latest acquisition from Northern Minnesota, a 1/3rd Scale Sopwith Pup.

This aircraft had been built by an experienced modeler who needed to step out of the hobby. This huge aircraft has fully functional rigging and some terrific sib stitching detail.  It is powered by a Zenoah G-62. We look forward to hearing more about its maiden flights!


Roy Maynard intrigued us with his unique French Fouga CM-170 Magister (Jet Trainer/Isreaeli IDF Fighter). 

Designed in 1948 as a jet powered primary trainer. It was licensed to be built by Valmet in Finland and the Israel Aircraft Industries in Israel.

The Israeli version, called the IAI Tzukit, while principally a trainer, was used in the 1967 Six Day War by the 147 Squadron as a close support aircraft.  Six aircraft were lost during the war.  By the beginning of the 1980s, the IAF's Fouga Magisters were beginning to show structural fatigue, cracks appearing in the wings and fuselage.

In order to prolong the type's service with the IAF, a plan was devised at Israel Aircraft Industries to upgrade and refurbish the aircraft, thereby extending their service life.  Two Magisters were handed over to IAI and in Septermber 1980 the upgraded aircraft, the Zukit, took off on its maiden flight.  The new aircraft had undergone over 250 modifications, including the refurbishment of new engines and a newly designed cockpit.

Serial production begun in 1983 and the last aircraft was handed over to the IAF's flight school in 1986, most of the Fougas having been upgraded to Zukit standard.  The Zukit continues the role of the Magister in basic jet training, a role it will play long into the 21st century.  The IAF has been looking for an aircraft to replace the Zukit for a number of years but has failed to find one, mainly because of monetary constraints for an aircraft to replace the Zukit for a number of years but has failed to find one, mainly because of monetary constraints


Roy’s model was built from a RC Jet Center kit that is supplied by FBJets who make it for RC Jet Center. Roy was able to have it custom painted to the Israeli Air Force colors by FBJets  for a very good price.

It has a unique speed fence/brake design that deploy from the wings. The landing gear are very scale and are included.

Roy is powering the Zukit with a Jet-Munt Merlin-100 turbine and hopes to have it flying this spring.

Ahmed Elbassel brought his prototype for the Chenghu J-10A "Firebird" a Chinese Canard/Delta Winged multi-role fighter.

Ahmed had made all the molds and is planning to sell kits for scale and sport flying! You can get more information as well as look at flying videos on his website:  The Chinese use the Firebird as an aerobatic fighter demon-stration team and sell the aircraft to other governments around the world as well.

The model Ahmed has made is laid up

from choice engineered honeycomb composites and is designed to use the Jet Italia's  Kaiman 190 gas turbine with a thrust of 200 N, or 44#.

Ahmed expects the finished weight of his J-10A to be about 23# with a 2:1 thrust to weight ratio.  He has finished his prototype controlled by (7) 8911 servos.

Ahmed will be providing carbon fiber landing gear as well as a thrust vectoring ring.  He expects to be selling the airframe, landing gear and thrust vectoring package for about $3k with delivery about 4-6 weeks.


John Baligrodzki brought in his beautifully finished 1/5th Scale Tachikawa-Kawasaki Ki-36 "Ida" built from David Andersen Plans.  Powered by a DLE-30 John says it has good power.

It’s had 4 flights as of the end of October.  It finished all up at 17.4# and only needed 1 ½# of weight added to the nose to get it to balance.


John painted it with a rattle can Krylon Aluminum paint as a base and finished it with Dark Green latex paint from Home Depot thinned with Flowtrol & windshield washer fluid.  He weathered it with a combination of knife chips and sand paper.

The canopy was built up using lithoplate for the frames.  All the windows were cut from flat stock.  The Pilot was purchased from Best Pilots and looks quite realistic with a little more artistry.

John tells us that the best part of the IDA is that it’s a WW2 Warbird that does not need the complications of retracts or landing gear doors! It’s easy to transport and set up and cheap to fly!

Duane Dahnert showed us his research materials for the one-of-a-kind Bellanca CF.

This was the prototype that led to the standard cabin type aircraft. 

There was only one built and it is on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.

Duane is looking to build it as a 1/8th scale 60” span electric powered model. He hopes to have it ready for spring 2016!

“So far so good. Scroll saw hums away. Music on, dust flying, baby and wife crying away in the background ...if they only knew how much fun this is!”

- Keith Gill, December 2005

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