Thursday, December 22, 2016

What have you been up to?

Mad River members haven't gone into hobby hibernation since the end of the summer. During the cold, wet weather we move from the flying field to our work shops. Here's what some of our members have been up to lately:

Association President Dick K. has been busy with several projects in his workshop, including learning how to make parts with his new 3-D plastic printer. (You can get one of these printer kits for $185 shipped!) In the above picture, the printer is finishing the root sections of wings for a Spitfire.

The model prints in sections that glue together. Here are the sections of the Spitfire he had completed. He'll have a cool 38" wingspan electric model when he's done.
He's also printing formers and hatches for his giant scale Cessna 172h.
Association Secretary Rob C. is making the leap to building, including recovering a Balsa USA Stick 40, finishing a Great Planes Trainer 60 kit, and rebuilding a twin-engine Cermark BN-2 Islander.
Members- share  your winter project by sending pics to flyurbana. We'd love to see what you have been up to!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Meeting Minutes and News

Happy Holidays to MRFA members and fellow modelers! Here are the December meeting minutes and a brief note about 2017 pylon racing:

December Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order 6:07 PM
Members present: G. Bert, B. Alhoff, D. Millner, C. Merrow, D.
Wells, B.Huck and D. Kaczmarek.

There will not be a January meeting, next will be February 3.

2017 Dates:
-Military Approbation Day July 17
-Rotor Challenge June 3
-Need to finalize racing and get planes ordered.
-Treasurer report read and closed meeting 6:35 PM

Pylon Racing Update
- Get your Tower Hobbies Corsair or Hellcat soon with holiday discounts.
-  In order to expand the field of planes, we may accept other aircraft for war bird racing, IF a model meets the following criteria (similar to the Tower Hobbies specs):
 38-40" wingspan
1000 kV motor
ESC with max 30A rating
45 - 55 g/sq dm wing loading
Balsa, Foam, or Printed Plastic acceptable, as long as it within the variances specified- final approval rests with MRFA.
 - A second class for Parkzone war birds (Corsair, FW-190, Mustang, T-28, Wildcat) may be created if there is enough interest! Email Rob at if you are interested ASAP. Please mention which stock Parkzone plane you would like to use.