Next Meeting Time:
- Monday, March 4, 2002, 7:30pm
- First Parish Church, Berlin, MA
- Meeting Program:
- Secretary's report
- Treasurer's report
- Field Director's report
- Old business
- New business
- Harvey Thomasian talk on engine setup/maintenance
Key Exchange Required
The keying of the lock on the field gate will be changed at the end of this year.
The date will be January 5, 2002. Your key should be exchanged for a new key at the time of your 2002 membership application.
Keys may be exchanged at a club meeting by presenting a signed 2002 membership application, your 2002 AMA membership card, payment of dues, and your old key.
Keys may be exchanged by mail by mailing a signed 2002 membership application, your 2002 AMA membership card (or a copy of it), payment of dues, your old key, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the club secretary. Your AMA card will be returned, and you will receive a 2002 CMRCM membership card and a new key
There's Still Time To Save Yourself $5.00
Members who renew their membership after the March meeting will be charged the initiation fee of $5.00 in addition to their yearly dues. Save yourself $5.00 by mailing in your membership renewal now, or bring your application to the March meeting.
Hello everybody. Some random observations and thoughts for this month:
For the March meeting, we've asked Harvey Thomasian to give a talk on engine setup and related stuff. Should be interesting as Harvey always puts on a good presentation
- Seems like the new entrance to the field has allowed much better access and allowed more than a few guys to be able to extend their flying season quite a bit. Do we have any contenders for that 12-month patch that the AMA gives out to anyone making a flight in each month of any given year?
- Auctions seem to be having less kits, radios, and motors and more completed airplanes at them. Guess people are realizing that people in other parts of the country are willing to spend more for these items on E-bay.
- A few years ago, someone said to me that the hobby will eventually evolve to a point where hobby shops and mail order houses will carry almost 100% ARFs and if you wanted to build a plane, you'd buy some plans and a bunch of balsa and cut out your own kit. At the time I thought that he was nuts….Now I'm not so sure.
- Speaking of ARFs, they've reached an amazing level of quality, but I still don't think that they should be allowed to compete in any type of scale contest.
- What new trick will Mark Hamilton think up for his LT-40 for this year?
Hope to see you there
by Steve Kelley
Jack Buckley showed a scale F4U-1A Corsair from a Byron kit, modeled after one of the planes featured in the movie Ba Ba Black Sheep.
He replaced the fiberglass wingtips in the kit with ones carved from wood. He also modified the kit to have scale flaps and tailwheel. (Anyone familiar with Corsairs knows that the flap is a three-piece surface that wraps around the "elbow" of the gull wing. The hinging and the actuation of all three pieces is also scale.) He installed working navigation and running lights. He also made spoked wheel rims from aluminum and pressed them into place-just like the real one. Finish is Stits covering sealed with nitrate dope, then Krylon® paint, with about 5000-8000 simulated rivets applied in scale locations while the paint was still wet. The rivets were made from small dots of RC-56 glue applied with a hand-held syringe. After everything dried, he applied Lusterkote® clearcoat over everything, then wiped it off with alcohol to produce a weathered effect.
Power comes from a Moki 2.1 glow engine; weight is 29 lbs.
The club and the board thank Dennis Cherry, Mitch Buckley, and Kevin Schleicher for demon-strating the world of park fliers for our presentation at the meeting.
TREAURER'S REPORT FOR February 2002
|Balance as of 1/31/2002
||2002 membership dues
||AMA business: 2002 charter/insurance
||Printing: February newsletter
||Account service charge
|Balance as of 2/28/2002
Minutes of Meeting February 4, 2002
Meeting called to order at 7:35 PM.
The Secretary's report for the January meeting was accepted as published in the February newsletter.
The Treasurer's report for January was accepted as published in the February newsletter.
Field Director's Report:The field is more accessible in the winter now that we are using the lower gate and don't have to go up and down the hill. New keys have been given to the Department of Fish and Game in Westborough, the Department of Fish and Game in Boylston, the Westborough Fire Department, and the Westborough Police Department. Mike Girourard will be given a new key before he needs access to mow the field.
Steve Kelley and other members provided information about the flying club at Galeville, NY, facing the loss of their flying field.
Volunteers were solicited for Contest Directors for the club Fun Flies. The dates of the Fun Flies and the Contest Directors are as follows:
|May 5, 2002||Bob Janak & Steve Kelley
|June 2, 2002||Kevin Schleicher & Jim Dibb
|July 7, 2002||Phil Metcalf
|August 4, 2002||Mike Doucette & Peter Feil
|August 31, 2002||Jack Hall & Dennis Cherry
|October 6, 2002||Mitch Dante & Russ Miller
The annual club picnic is planned for Saturday, August 17, 2002, with a rain date of Sunday, August 18, 2002.
Peter Feil reported that the AMA would be reviewing club bylaws starting next year. They have provided some suggestions regarding what should be included in the bylaws, and have provided a sample set of bylaws. The Board of Directors will need to review our current bylaws to determine what changes need to be made. (Per the current bylaws, the bylaws may be altered, amended, deleted, or replaced in part or in whole by a simple majority vote of the membership with 30 days' written notice of proposed changes.)
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.
Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting February 4, 2002
Meeting called to order at 9:00 PM.
The board discussed the need to review our bylaws in view of the AMA recommendations. Peter Feil will distribute the AMA sample club bylaws to the board.
Peter Feil returned the audited books from the past fiscal year to Mike Doucette.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.
Combat Meet Schedule for 2002
|May 19||CMRCM Field Westboro
|June 23||Rocky Hill Flying Circus Field Oxford
|August 25||CMRCM Field Westboro
|Sept 15||Rocky Hill Flying Circus Field Oxford
by Larry Sribnick
Should you ever discharge a pack all the way down?
The short answer is.DON'T! Now for the why.
When you connect a pack to a charger, you connect the plus (positive) of the charger to the plus (positive) of the pack.
If you run a pack all the way down and one of the cells reaches zero before the rest of the cells in the pack (and it will most of the time), how is it connected in the circuit? It's connected plus to minus because the cells are wired in series in the pack. The result is that the rest of the cells in the pack will now start to charge the zero cell backwards because it's connected plus to minus rather than plus to plus as it should be for charging. The end result is that you reverse the polarity of that one poor cell and ruin it.
Now, this can't happen if you just put a pack on the shelf and let it self-discharge over a long period of time because there's no complete circuit. The pack isn't plugged into anything.
Likewise, it can't happen to a single cell that you run all the way down because it isn't the running down to zero that does the damage. It's the remaining cells in a multi-cell pack that turn into a "backwards charger" if one cell is run all the way down that does the damage.
I've been telling people this for 20 years, but I still see people running their packs down after every flight. I've given up trying to explain it to them because the attitude usually is "Everyone else is doing it." I was happy to see that Bob Kopski in his Model Aviation column a few months ago told people that he finally came to the conclusion that you shouldn't run a pack down after flying.
When you're done flying, let the pack cool off until it's just barely warm to the touch and then either put it back on the charger or go home.
from SR Battery Tech Notes
via The Altimeter
Clarksburg Model Aviation Club
Richard Rader, editor