SFM News Letter

October 2007

by: David P. Andersen

See You at Our Next Meeting!

The next meeting of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota will be Friday, November 24, 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 ...

Jeff Quesenberry presented his 1/3rd scale Polikarpov I-16 blown up from Italian plans.  3W120 engine. Added non-scale flaps. Converted foam parts to wood with a lot of rework. “Nothing good on the plans.”  Formers “not even close.”  Custom retracts machined by Jim Greenley.  Cowl by Jeff Micko.

Kirk Hall showed a Dauntless purchased on the Internet from Chicago.  84” span, G62, Jerry Bates plans, Aerotech Models dummy engine, Dynamic Balsa cockpit, 29 lbs, well detailed.  Working scale swing-forward bomb drop.  Modified Ziroli gear holds air for a week.

Dave Andersen described a technique for recording all data for a scale airplane (plans, documentation, paint masks, videos, etc) digitally.  He handed out CD ROMs of 5 of his giant scale designs (Click CD to see contents enlarged)  
John Baligrodzki pitched the local Scale Masters qualifier held Aug. 4, 2007 at ACRC. This event was very successful.  Thanks, John.  He also showed his reconstruction of a Tachikawa Ki-55 Ida originally built by Jim Biza from Dave Andersen plans.  The bird has a metal canopy frame cut carefully from a litho plate with a Dremel tool. The bird was fiber-glassed using Minwax and Ace Hot Water sealer and uses an OS 120 Surpass engine for power.


  • Thanks to John Baligrodzki for Cd’ing the Minnesota Scale Classic Contest at ACRC.

  • Thanks to St. Paul R/C for the Scale Fly-in.

  • Thanks to Stan Zdon for the Fun Scale Contest at ACRC.

  • Thanks to Brian Crossley for Organizing the IMAA Chapter 46 Fly-In at Tri-Valley.

  • Thanks to Tim Johnson and Phil Schwartz for the Magnificent Northern Alliance Military Fly-In and the Monthly Giant Scale Fly-ins at Owatonna.

Congratulations to Wayne Siewert and Scott Russell for their 4th place win in Team Scale (out of 17) at Top Gun. Also, Best Civilian Award for Wayne’s new Porsche Mooney.

Jon Bomers reported on our www.mnbigbirds.com Minnesota Big Birds web site,  20,000 plus hits so far and gaining momentum.  He invites all members to send pictures of their plans or interesting shots that could be incorporated into a news letter or just added to the site for general interest. Please send your photos to Jon.Bomers@Comcast.Net for posting on our web site.

He also described the modifications to a Stihl C90 chainsaw engine. Its a hard to find this 140cc single cylinder motor. Originally slated for a 1/4 scale Skyraider, Kirk Hall bought it for his new 100" Corsair.

...when asked how he

found so much time to build.


I don’t have a TV.”Tim Johnson

Field Notes

  • Recommended reading: North Star Over My Shoulder, A Flying Life by Bob Buck.  At your library.


Bob Prioux's

ME 262 at ACRC

Fun Scale Contest

Ed Crummly's at

Minnesota Scale Classic

Ed Crummly's Helper at

Minnesota Scale Classic

Ed Ryan's

Stearman at StPMRC

Scale Fly-in

2007 SMMC Fly-in

A Group of Handsome

Judges at MN Scale Classic

Kirk Hall's Tri-plane at

 Warbirds Over Denver

Ron Fisher's Nieuport at

St. Paul RC Scale Fly-in

Dell Berryman's

Little Tony at Grassfield

Mode 1 Airplanes IMAA

Chapter 46, Tri-Valley Fly-in

Scott Russell nails landing

of Wayne Siewert's

Mooney, Top Gun 07

Dago Red Ver. Rear Bear



Cal Branton, President


(651) 459-5107

Mark Prokop, Treasurer


(651) 688-6340

D. Andersen, Secretary


(952) 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Webmaster