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Scale Flyers of Minnesota members
attended our first meeting of the winter season,
held on Friday, October 31 (Halloween), 7:00 pm
at the Southtown Baptist Church, 2600 W 82nd St,
Minneapolis, MN 55431.
A December Meeting has
been added to the schedule for Friday December
At the last meeting ...
Cal Branton reported
on his and Kirk Hall’s
trips to scale flying events
in Colorado and Virginia
Beach. Extremes of weather
and field conditions.
thanked all who helped with
the Cleary Lake flying field
project. The “project is
stuck” for now due to a road
The meeting ended with a
brief group discussion on
how to get response from
Sierra Giant Scale.
“Call in the morning” seems
to be the best solution.
“fit like a glove.” E-flite 480 motor,
3 cells. Polyspan fabric, Minwax
polyurethane—“simple, easy, quick,
was carved from foam, covered with glass
cloth, and the foam removed. Nail heads
in the natural wood finish were
simulated by puncturing with a pin and
rub-bing the hole with wood stain. Dan
reports that small airplanes are harder
to build than large airplanes. For
example, 1/64” ply must be bent around
smaller radius curves
Maynard described the TV program
First Air War. New Zealand modern
full-sized recreations of Brisfit, SE5a,
Albatross, BE-2, FE2B, etc. Watch for
rebroadcasts on PBS
O’Connor’s P-47 (actually Nate
O’Connor’s airplane) started as a
Top Flite ARF. 32 lbs, 85” span, Sachs
4.2 magneto, Sierra gear. 18 flights
including Fond du Lac. “Flies
Fabulous.” Requires no rudder or
elevator correction on takeoff.
rebuilt it by stripping off the plastic,
replacing the turtle deck and other
parts with fiberglass parts from Wylie
Glassed and covered with Flitemetal and
embossed with panel lines and rivets.
Flitemetal added only one pound to total
weight. Pilot by Warbird Pilots,
Aeroloft dry transfer markings.
Operational navigation and landing
lights by ElectroDynamics.
Steve Meyer’s P-47 also started as a
Top Flite ARF. 32 lbs, 10 oz. Brisson
4.2, Sierra retracts. Landing gear
blocks were reinforced with ply and
triangular stock. Like Chris,
Steve also replaced the turtle deck and
other parts with fiberglass parts
from Wylie Warbirds, mentioned above.
with glass and painted with Behr latex.
Added panel lines. Custom dry transfer
by Cindy at Aeroloft. Scale Specialties
dummy radial engine. The color scheme
is derived from 200 photos of a modern
rebuilt Duxford SNAFU. Enlarged
stars-and-bars on both wings were unique
to the D-Day invasion. The checkerboard
cowl was tricky--Steve used a laser
level to align the paint lines, some of
which are tapered.
Niedermayr’s Learjet is his third.
The first, a Hobby Lobby foamy, quickly
deteriorated. The second crashed due to
a reinforcement of the wingtips that
introduced wash-in that made it
unstable. But it had excellent electric
turbine engines. Learning from these
experiences, Joe scratch-built the
third. He saved the turbines from the
second Learjet and made the tail,
nacelles and wing removable for ease of
fuselage is a cylinder of 1/32” ply,
balsa nose, foam tail, plastic
covering. He used a carefully selected
water glass plug to mold the nacelles in
glass cloth and resin. (Is there any
material that Joe hasn’t used yet?)
Electric retracts, 800 watts total power
in 3 cells. Hobby King door sequencer.
The plane tends to be nose heavy despite
the two engines behind the CG, so the
batteries are placed above the wing.
Wolf’s Great Planes P16 is another
example of ARF-bashing. Only 19 ½ lbs,
recovered with SIG Koverall, Stits rib
tapes, 30 cc gas engine, Aces of Iron
pilot, concealed aileron servos, rebuilt
landing gear and pants.
Fond du Lac. The pilot is mounted on a
dowel, held in place with magnets. The
pilot can be removed by pulling him up
which exposes the switches and jacks
Batty’s “close to quarter scale”
Condor Models P4 Grasshopper is an
example of another reason for ARF
bashing--“a lot of stuff that didn’t
quite fit.” It was “a lot of
landing gear had to be rebuilt plus
modifications to mount the 20 cc gas
engine and tank.
Andersen Retiring as
Newsletter Editor ...
After 25 years as editor and
newsletter editor of the
Scale Flyers of Minnesota, I
am retiring from this very
pleasant and rewarding job.
Thanks to all you creative
guys for giving me so much
But not to worry ...
Scott Anderson will be
taking over. He is a master
scale modeler, an excellent
writer and photographer, a
frequent contributor to the
TCRC newsletter. Jon Bomers
remains our hard-working and
creative web site manager.
Please support Scott and Jon
Build and fly well and
continue sharing your
David P. Andersen, Secretary
of the Scale Flyers of
is the 30th anniversary of the
incorporation of the Scale Flyers
... Bill Cowette would be pleased
with what he started and with what
you guys are still developing.
MNBigBirds.com for all to
use has been a great hit! It is the world's first
and only syndicated, Worldwide RC
Event Calendar/Promotion and Event
highly disaggregated community of
well-attended RC events,
allows you to search and register
for R/C events worldwide.
Event Coordinators/Promoters can
accept and administer online pilot
registrations, generate sanction
ALL of you to continue to spread the
word! This Powerful Tool is
growing exponentially since we
incorporated it into
the website. If you have not
checked it out you should do so!
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!
Fly well, Fly safely &
Teach others what you've learned!
Andersen, Secretary of The Scale Flyers of Minnesota.