August 2nd Combat

Our 3rd Combat event of our 5 event series was held on August 2nd. As much these events are for the pilots it is also very exciting for spectators! With 8 pilots there was allot of  streamer cuts and collisions! If you have not watched one of these events yet you have to stop out and see what it is all about!


August 2nd Results
  • 1st – Mike Tharp – 1148 points
  • 2nd – Aaron Dewitt – 772 points
  • 3rd – Luke Shafer – 608 points
  • 4th – Lucas Russcher – 544 points
  • 5th – John Russcher – 516 points
  • 6th – Dave Jamrog – 488 points
  • 7th – Scott Storteboom – 376 points
  • 8th – Dave VerHof – 208 points
The overall lead change has been taken over by Mike Tharp with 1824 points. Below are the compleat points totals.
Current points standings
  • 1st – Mike Tharp – 1824pts
  • 2nd – Aaron Dewitt – 1492pts
  • 3rd – John Russcher – 1368pts
  • 4th – Luke Shafer – 1144pts
  • 5th – Dave Jamrog – 968pts
  • 6th – Dave VerHof – 924pts
  • 7th – Lucas Russcher – 720pts
  • 8th – Scott Storteboom – 704pts
  • 9th – Bob Kovacs – 40pts
  • 10th – Ryan Storteboom – 20pts
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John Russcher


Our first combat event for 2017 was held on Wednesday May 3rd.  Fun was had by all four participants, Dave Jamrog, Dave Ver Hoef, Lucas Russcher and John Russcher.

Round One: Dave VH was the only one to successfully fly the entire round.  Lucas launched his airplane and once airborne realized the his streamer was still rolled up and attached to the underside of his airplane. He quickly landed to dislodge the streamer and broke his propeller. Dave Jamrog had a clean launch but got his airplane a little too far away. Dave lost orientation and his airplane when down in the field.  My airplane never left my hand. My ESC wouldn’t arm and it took the entire round to figure out the the esc was plugged into the wrong channel on the receiver.

Round Two: Everybody got in the air, WOOT!  We had a great round of combat with Dave VerHoef and John getting cuts.  After the 5 minutes elapsed we all landed safely.

Round Three: We all launched on time again and another 5 minutes of chasing streamers ensued.  More cuts by Dave VerHoef and John again with Dave cutting John’s entire streamer off with only seconds left.

It was a successful night of combat even though it took a little more time to get started that what I had planned.

Here is the score sheet with the first events totals: Score Sheet


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.