Labor of Love – SBD-5 Dantless

The Men. Dave Jamrog has been very busy over the winter. Along with Bob Kovacs assistance, they have been hard at work on the SBD-5 Dauntless three days a week since November.  Dave’s passion for the Dauntless comes from his father Don. Don flew on in the rear seat of the Dauntless in the south pacific. In have rear seat of the Dauntless Don navigated, manned the radios and was the rear facing gunner.

The Airplane. The DBD-5 Dauntless was built by the Douglas Aircraft Company from 1940 to 1944. The SBD (“Scout Bomber Douglas”) was the United States Navy’s main carrier borne scout plane and dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944.  The SBD was also flown by the United States Marine Corps, both from land air bases and aircraft carriers. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1042. The SBD carried two 100# bombs under the wings and one 1000# bomb under the fuselage. It also had two .50 caliber guns in the nose and two .30 caliber guns at the rear of the cockpit.

The Model. SBD-5 Dauntless Scout and Dive Bomber. Plans by Nick Ziroli, Wing Span: 100”, Weight: 30lbs, Engine: DLE60cc, Robart Electric Retracts Flaps and Dive Brakes, Three Bomb Releases.

Dave is hoping to have his SBD completed and ready to fly later this summer.


Mini Telemaster Build Progress – Updated

Lucas is working on building a Mini Telemaster. He started it on December 28th and so far has completed the fuselage and tail surfaces. Next is the wing which should go quickly now that Lucas has some building skills developed. We are going to power it with a Eflite 400 out runner on 3s and 9 gram servos.

Updated with more progress pictures – 2/1/17


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It will be ready to fly this spring!

John Russcher


Area Indoor Flying Opportunities – UPDATE 2

There are several opportunities for indoor flying this winter.

Grandville Middle School – 3535 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Jan 20th – 8pm to 10pm – $12.50 pilot fee
Feb 17th – 8pm to 10pm – $12.50 pilot fee

West Michigan Aviation Academy(WMAA) – 5363 44th Street, Grand Rapids
Jan 14th – 9am to 1pm – $5.00 pilot fee

Woodlawn Indoor Field – 5435 28th Street, Grand Rapids
Dec 23rd & 30th – 9am to 1pm, Field #2 – $10 pilot fee
Jan 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th – 9am to 1pm, Field #2 – $10 pilot fee
Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th – 9am to 1pm, Field #2 – $10 pilot fee
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st – 9am to 1pm, Field #2 – $10 pilot fee

John Russcher

Meeting Minutes – October 2016

Meeting called to order:

  • 9:00 (9AM) by President Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting reviewed by George Keefe
  • Minutes from last meeting approved by member vote

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Reviewed by Treasurer Dave VerHoef
  • $2385.89 in account
  • Paid $63.55, flowers for Richard Moore funeral
  • Number of paid members – 36
  • Approved by member vote

New Members:

  • None

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Nothing to report
  • Dave VerHoef noted that we need to replace broken fence post on chain link fence. This deferred until spring 2017.
  • It was also noted by President Jamrog that maintenance was needed on windsock. This also deferred until spring 2017.

New Members:

  • No new members


  • None


  • Civic Center indoor flying is under way on Tuesday and Thursdays, 9am-11am

Old Business:

  • None

New Business:

  • George Keefe was voted in as the club new Secretary by a unanimous, landslide vote.


  • None

Comments and Questions:

  • Noted by President Jamrog that club received thank you note from Mrs. Richard Moore. We will truly miss Richard and his great truck that everyone knew was arriving.

Next Meeting:

  • Monday March 6th, 2017 at 7pm at Cobblestone Hobby.

Meeting adjourned:

  • 9:17am by member vote

Meeting attendees:

  • James Hartmann, Dave Jamrog, George Keefe, Kenny Ly, John Russcher, Lucas Russcher, Clayton Russell, Scott Storteboom, Jim Tibbitts, Jerry Timmer, Dave VerHoef, Mort Wright.

Sr Telemaster Maiden

Ryan and Scott Storteboom finally finished their Sr Telemaster.  They have been working on the airplane for the past 3 years. Friday evening was the much anticipated maiden flight.  There was very little wind which made it a perfect night for the maiden. John Russcher did a preflight check as well as initial takeoff and landing. Scott flew the airplane once it was trimmed out.

One thing Scott learned is that his charger is too small. the 6s 5800mAh battery takes 2 hours to charge. With a high output charger it could be charged in less than 30 minutes.

Scott said “I could not believe how easy this plane is to see and fly”. Scott has the Telemaster setup with a tow release for sailplanes, flaps and a bomb drop. It should be a fun airplane for Ryan and Scott for many years.


Bob Kovacs Edge 540 Maiden

This morning, August 22nd, 2016 at 9:30ish, Bob Kovacs maiden his new Seagull Edge 540. The Edge 540 has a 77 1/2″ wing span and is powered by a OS 160.

After a few taxis up and down the runway the Edge 540 took to the air. It was immediately apparent that it needed some up trim for level flight.  After trimming it flew very nice. A stall test shown that there wasn’t any harsh tip stalling. It just faded to the left a little and the wings stayed level. After a couple minutes the motor quit and Bob brought it in for a perfect dead stick landing.

After a few tweeks and adjustments Bob took off again and proceeded to rip up the sky until the motor quit again. Another beautiful dead stick landing followed and the Edge was safely back on the ground.

Look for Bob and his Edge 540 at the field!

-John Russcher

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