Next meeting Friday November 29, 2019.


... don't forget, we always look forward to seeing your wonderful projects.  Please bring'em to the next meeting and share your knowledge and insights! 


Meeting Directions: Southtown Baptist Church



Photos & Meeting Notes Courtesy of Scott E. Anderson

It’s been a great summer flying season with many scale events in the region. The October meeting signals the beginning of the 6 month long ‘Building Season’ here in Minnesota. This is the time of year that it’s become too cold, windy, wet or just plain ugly to be outside flying.

Long thought out projects are evolving in Minnesota basements and garage shops and will be discussed at our monthly meetings.

The meeting was called to order by President Calvin Branton. There were 31 members and guests in attendance.



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There were many great scale flying events in the region for 2019 including:

The Toledo Show April 2019

  • Dave Andersen & Roy Maynard entered his all electric ¼ scale Hawker Hurricane in the Designer Scale Competition. (See the March 2019 Newsletter for details)
  • Dave Batty entered his Bates P-51A in the Warbird competition.

Top Gun May 2019

  • Our Warbirds & Classics Alliance Leader, Chuck Hamilton competed with his Ziroli SBD again this year sharing his tent with Chris & Colin Mayer campaigning Chris’ Top Flight GS P-51D.

  • Chris says it was a great adventure and he learned a lot about what the judges want to see during the flying competition.

  • Chris Jackson from Ft Lauderdale compete with an Andersen Design LA-7, hat tip to Jon Bomers who was onsite for the photos.

The Warbirds and Classics Alliance

We had a number events including our own Northern Alliance Military Fly In. We had many members travel and participate in most of these events.

  • June – Warbirds & Classics over Michigan - Grand Ledge, Michigan,  Nice grass runways near Lansing Michigan. It’s a great drive and a great event.  Take the ferry across from Milwaukee for a different view!

  • June - Windy City Warbirds & Classics - St. Charles, Illinois,  Fox Valley RC has a stunning facility just southwest of Chicago with a paved runway and manicured grass. The local members are terrific and help you at every opportunity.

  • July – Air Supremacy over Goshen - Goshen, Indiana,  This event is held at the Goshen, Indiana airport where the grass runway has been rolled and smoothed for our event. This event is hosted by Chuck Hamilton & RJ Monroe and the Air Supremacy Production Company. This is one of my personal favorite events.

  • August – Northern Alliance Military Fly In – Owatonna, Minnesota,  NAMFI is arguably the oldest of these events and hosted by members of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota and the Southern Minnesota Model Aircraft Club of Owatonna, Minnesota.

  • August – Warbirds & Classics over the Midwest – Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin,  This is practically an extension of the Owatonna event in that many of the pilots attending Owatonna finish Sunday and drive directly to Fondy to start flying again on Monday to provide nearly two continuous weeks of Warbirds & Classics flying and camaraderie!

    The Minnesota Embassy has grown to be two 30’ x 40’ circus tents holding over 16-32 pilots and nearly 60 aircraft. The tents have sides similar to the Storage Tent so it minimizes cramming our planes with many others in that tent.

  • August – Indiana Warbirds Campaign – Muncie, Indiana,  Usually held over Labor Day Weekend this is a coming home party to the AMA Nats Flying field. Buy A “Hoosier Daddy” t-shirt while you’re there!

  • September – Warbirds & Classics over the Bluegrass – Rosewood, Indiana,  This is the newest event of the Alliance on a brand new club field with paved runways on the northern shore of the Ohio River. The facilities are stellar and the hospitality fantastic!

The Ankeny Jet & Warbird Airshow

This is an extension of the Iowa Jets event that had been previously held in Ottumwa, Iowa. This event was held near the Ankeny Airport on the old Byron’s Originals “Striking Back” site.

  • There were (3) flight lines; The full size Airshow,  The Turbine Flightline,  The Warbird (propeller) Flightline

We’ve lost a couple of our prolific builders and flyers ...

Duane Dahnert: Duane passed away early this summer after celebrating his 96th Birthday.

Pete Stapleton: Pete had been fighting cancer since the loss of his wife last year and he passed away late this summer.


David Andersen’s Miles Messenger Design:

Dave has been working on the landing gear design to get functional shocks/dampers into the legs to minimize landing bounce.

Bob Swanson’s 1912 Blackburn Flyer

Bob introduced us to his scratch built Blackburn Flyer. The wings are designed to be warped for roll and turning the aircraft.

Bob is fighting an illness and is looking for an interested party to purchase the project from him and fly it!

Dennis Batty’s Tiger Moth

Dennis talked about the revival of his DeHavilland Tiger Moth.

Scott Russel’s F-14 Tomcat EDF

Scott displayed his F-14 with the swing wing mechanism and discussed the function of the interaction between the swing wing and the deployment of the flaps.

He’s looking at using a small turbine to replace the EDF.

Our Next meeting will be Friday Nov. 29th, the day after Thanksgiving!

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