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October 2011

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The first meeting of the 2011-2012 winter building season of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota was held on Friday, October 28th, 2011 at the American Legion Post, 6501 Portland, Richfield.  Our next Monthly meeting will be on November 25th at 7PM!  (Directions)

At the last meeting ...

Local news...
  • TriValley RC  has not found a new field yet.  But a new search committee will be formed.
  • MVRC has been notified that their lease will not be renewed so they are also looking for a new field.

  • The situations at Rich Valley, Sod Busters & Grassfield were also discussed. Meanwhile, the interest rate for land mortgages is 7% (Bremer bank).

  • Former local Scale Flyer Jim Sandquist now base in Chicago and doing wonderful things at Hobbico was spotted enjoying himself at this years Watts Over Owatonna.

  • Rick Kerr had a stroke during the Fond du Lac fly-in.  He is recovering in a nursing home.  Kirk Hall brought him to Coates to lunch with his friends.  Best wishes, Rick.


Local aero-modeling legend Verna Jones (U-control in the 40s & 50s) could not finish a partially built Curtis Pusher due to her health problems.  So she brought it to the meeting and gave it to Chris Antholz. Good building, Chris!

A wonderful random act of kindness that our hobby is known for...

Jeff Quesenberry presented his Century Jet Corsair  from a kit purchased in 2002, sold to Shane (Opie) Logue and bought back.  Based on a Don Smith design, the only composite kit at the time.  “A terrible kit—nothing lined up.” Wing didn’t fit the saddle, massive gaps in the wing panels.  “Instruction book is useless.”   The wing has no ribs - just a spar and very thick matt skins.  No tape at the seams, just a bead of glue.  At least 20 hours of filling and fitting.  “Worst kit I’ve built in 27 years.”  50 lbs - very heavy.  The Corsair uses a 135cc twin cylinder in-line gas engine.  Modified for Sierra retracts.  “I can’t give it away so I might as well fly it!”

Cal Branton ended the evening with a story about Kirk Hall’s Hellcat.  Ya shoulda been there!

Cal Branton described his Fokker D6 built by Cary Hook  from a Glen Torrance kit.  BME 80 twin, 42 lbs, 4 flights so far.  This aircraft was a transition between the Dr1 tri-plane and the monoplane D8.  It used the tri-plane fuselage but two thickened wings.  Only 64 were built.  Built to be competitive at Toledo!, (Don't forget to vote if you're there) it features chord-wise fabric seams, scratch-built guns and bullets, scale and functional cowl hold-downs.  Dowel stringers and scale internal bracing.  Like the tri-plane, there is no interplane cabling but it is still difficult to assemble at the field.

Dave Andersen and Jeff Micko described the excellent fiberglass fuselage built and sold by Vic Catalasan of VicRC based on Dave’s La 7 plans.  The example displayed is owned by Kirk Hall.  Dave reports, the hatches and panel lines are accurately molded in.  The cowl and canopy as well as other molded parts provided by Jeff (Micko Aircraft & Accessories) fit perfectly with the fuselage.  Dave noted that the glass parts are lighter and stronger than the wooden structures shown on the plans.

Jon Bomers was actually spotted in Minnesota at SMMAC  on a warm flying day this past July!  I was blow away by the wonderful condition of the field and the number of flyers who just happened in for a day of flying!

"You guys are truly spoiled here in Minnesota!"  Not only do you have a great flying field that's not surrounded by 400 foot pine trees but Karen Johnston for no special reason barbequed chicken on the grill, made scallop potatoes - basically presented a feast ... just because!  Thank you again Mrs. Johnson!  For those on you who venture to Washington State for a fly-in should not expect that level of hospitality ...

I had a wonderful day and it was great to see and get caught up with many of you.  Phil thanks for the adult coolers in your rolling hide-a-way.  I took a several photos and videos ... here's a couple more that had to be shared.

Dave Andersen asked that those scheduling flying events, check with other groups to avoid conflicts.  See the previous year’s schedule elsewhere on this web site or call Dave Andersen (612 872-9529).

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

(651) 459-5107

Brian Crossley, Treasurer

(612) 721-4989

D. Andersen, Secretary

(952) 890-9529

Jon Bomers, Web Editor

(651) 343-3407

Fly well, fly safely and share your skills

David P. Andersen, Secretary of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota.

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