has not found a new field yet.
But a new search committee will
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.
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...
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
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
can’t give it away so I might as well fly it!”
ended the evening with a story about Kirk Hall’s
Hellcat. Ya shoulda
described his Fokker D6
built by Cary Hook
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
Andersen and Jeff Micko described
the excellent fiberglass fuselage built and
sold by Vic
VicRC based on Dave’s La 7
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.
was actually spotted in Minnesota at
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
"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.
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