The last meeting of the
winter season of the Scale Flyers of Minnesota
was held on
Friday, March 30, 2012 at the
American Legion Post-6501 Portland, Richfield.
Our meeting will resume in the fall ... I look
forward to seeing all of you at the flying
presented a beautifully detailed clipped
wing Yellow Spitfire
14E in the paint scheme
of a 1945 a/c based in Singapore. 3W42
engine, 28 lbs. John added guns, new
electronics, retracts. He re-tapped spinner
screws, replaced shoe-glued battery packs,
and loosened stiff wheel bushings. Small
washout and clipped wing tips means he will
“avoid high-G maneuvers.
Sorenson’s brought his
Aermacchi MB339 Italian trainer that was
upgraded from a RAM 500 turbine to an
electric BVM EDF system that in turn, was
adapted from a glow-engine ducted fan.
This increased thrust from 12 lbs to 19 lbs,
and decreased spool-up time from 12 seconds
to much less, and eliminated residual thrust
for an improved landings. Advantage: more
thrust, weight (12 lbs) and flight time (5
min) about the same as the turbine but CG
doesn’t change during the flight, and thrust
can be completely shut down. Disadvantage:
cannot fly full throttle for the entire
flight like a turbine. 20 flights.
Estimated speed 120 MPH. But Larry says he
has more ducting to do (clean-up).” Castle HV 160 speed control, two Extreme Power
3F6600 batteries, Functional landing lights,
Cermark flashing nav lights. All-composite
kit was “a good starter jet.” The plane is
a test bed for his next project, a
Thunderbirds T-38 Talon.
wanted to share a very short black & white
documentary showing how the Mosquito Bomber
of WW2 was manufactured from balsa wood and
glue, in Australia, in 1944. The
Mosquito is a rarely modeled R/C
aircraft who's construction is identical to
our building techniques ... just on a little
could be debate as to whether the Mosquito
is/was the fastest fighter of WWII but for
those who have flown a well build R/C
version of this aircraft, know it's a great
flyer. A few good plans are out and I
hope to see a couple presented to the group
in the future.
Steine’sYellow AT-6 was based on his
experience with a previous AT-6 built by
someone else, reducing weight from 40 lbs to
33 lbs. Modifications included
reinforced firewall with 6-oz glass cloth, a
for jacks, switches, air. Guide tubing was
installed for hidden ball driver access to
cowl bolts. Fuji 64 engine was converted to
electronic ignition and a shortened prop
shaft, but still has “lots of vibration.”
Huge flaps are operated by a single big
servo. ProMark paint masks. He learned that
yellow paint cannot be applied over gray
primer—must use white primer. Yellow kit
was “Pretty easy to put together".
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brought only the fuselage of his Comp ARF
Canadair Tutor in order to minimize risk of
dings to the FliteMetal finish.
"The airplane is headed to
Toledo in two weeks" It's powered by
a 160 turbine left over from his ME 163 Komet.
The kit was on sale probably because it had an
ugly color scheme. Roy changed to a
scheme of an aircraft currently in a Toronto air
museum. His friend Tony Paladino who works in
the museum, sent Roy over 200 photos with
Roy learned many tips in working with Flite
Metal from Joe Grice, working in Joe’s shop.
Lots of restarts with the help of wife and
daughter, panel by panel, sanded. “Not for
people without a lot of patience.” Access
hatch, turbine hatch and nose stall strips fit
poorly, requiring body putty and sanding. Roy
added an after-market instrument panel,
navigation and landing lights by Details4Scale
and scratch-built surface details such as
scoops, antennas, defrosters, etc..
Elevator servo wires are inside a ceramic
blanket and aluminum heat shield above
turbine. Installation required fishing a drop
line thru the tail, standing on
a ladder while the
plane has held on its nose.
"Where are the photos
of that effort!
Roy quoted, “I
prefer paint masks to dry transfer” because
colors are more dense, especially white.
Kote white base was followed by Model Master
colors—fuel proof paint is not required for
turbines. Roy made his own paint masks from
3-layer blank silk-screen masks from Blick Art
Smaller dry transfers were made from dimensioned
photos sent to ProMark. This is a “Really
good-quality kit” but it's “not museum scale.”
Hansen discussed his new company,
TechLazer, a local producer of
custom laser cut kits in Ramsey.
He has already cut a wing kit for Roy
Carrigan’s P-47. Works from plans, CAD
or PDF files. Baltic birch ply,
plastic, paint masks, vinyl, etc.. Can
enlarge or reduce plans.
Stitches Embroidery has a special
thru April for R/C clubs.
Chris Strasburg is offering free
digitizing of a club logo with an order
of 12 shirts or 12 hats. This
eli-minates the set-up fee which can be
up to $75. He also offering 10% off on
everything he sells. He donates
raffle prizes to clubs customers!
Checkout his website:
... that daring young man and his flying machine
just wanted to highlight an excellent takeoff
with his ultralight. While many of us
feared this machine could be his demise ... it
looks as though he's mastered the feel for this
Giant Scale Wirebird! Kirk, all of us wish
that all your landings are as smooth as this
“Life isn’t a support-system
for art. It’s the other way
... Steven King
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