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

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.