SFM News Letter

October 2006

by: David P. Andersen

See You at Our Next Meeting!

The next meeting of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, October 27, 2006 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, but not December. ( Directions )

At Our Last Meeting...

Roy Maynard: showed an ME 163 Komet under construction from a Joe Sieta kit. “Plans are terrible,” so he substituted a foam wing.  AXI 4130 electric motor and an Estes rocket motor, electrically ignited by radio in flight.  Drop off dolly per f/s.


Remembrance ...

It was very important for Mike Kuller to say goodbye to his flying friends.  With the help of his son Mark, daughter-in-law Donna and Chris O’Connor he struggled down the steps to where he was warmly greeted.

Within a week or so, he was gone.

Jeff Quesenberry: (right) showed-off his a 1/4-scale Lavochkin La-7 under construction.  It was modified from David Andersen RCM plans, Eric Malkerson retracts and a Jeff Micko cowl.  Shindin gear legs.  Air Hobby 4.2 engine.  3/4 oz cloth and Envirotex.  3M hairset tape on fabric control, surfaces.  Will be painted in "Ivan The Terrible's" color scheme.

Tim Johnson: Wins Toledo Directors Award (April 2006)  with his 50% Cub!

Dick Steine: scratch-built a Ziroli B-25.  105” span.  Madden kit cutters “did a great job.”  Two G-23s w/ 16x8 3-bladed props.  Made own windows by heating plastic over a light bulb.  P-47 landing lights.  Molded own 50 cal guns.  Aeroloft graphics don’t work well over open fabric.  Acrylic lacquer smoothed w/ steel wool.  Canopy removable for access to nose-gear.  Air cylinders on all doors with sequencer for a total of 5 cylinders.

John Baligrodzki: demoed installing and gluing Robart hinge points with Gorilla urethane glue.  Moisten the hole with water on a Q-tip and put oil on the pin.

Wayne Siewert: presented his Top Gun P-47R (Scott Russell pilot in Team Scale). Built in 3 months and a 1944 English color scheme.  Converted from D model to razorback.  Sachs 4.2 “ticks like a Swiss watch.” Later placed 5th out of 15 at TG.

Joe Grice: displayed a 1/4-1/5 scale F86 built from a Shalish Patel special fuselage.  8’ x 8 1/2’ span.  “Very accurate.”  For this airplane, “as size goes up, the wing loading goes down.”  Scale details made from Plaststruct and lots of scrap re: www.opsgear.com .  Includes a Lucky Strike pack in cockpit.  Modified Blue Box F15 cockpit kit.  Olympus HP turbine w/ 1 1/2 gal fuel tank.  Minimatic air cylinders from www.clippard.com .  Joe’s hallmark awesome detail.

Bernie Kolbilka: demonstrated sheeting.  Use a batten strip under each butt joint with no glue in the joint.  Work Model Magic filler into the joint.  “No glue in the seams ever!” to create an invisible seam.

Dave Andersen's

Lynx at the NATS

Jack Stewerts

Nieuport 2nd in NATS

Stan Zdon's P6E Hawk

Wins Scale Masters Qualifier




Cal Branton, President, BRANTONCFB@msn.com - 651 459-5107

Mark Prokop, Treasurer, mjprokop@comcast.net - 651 688-6340

David P. Andersen, Secretary, davidpandersen76@gmail.com - 952 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Webmaster, GBZ@MN.RR.Com

See you at our next Meeting! Happy Builder & Flying!