Fittleworth Flyer (oz10241)
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Fittleworth Flyer. Rubber competition model. Wakefield class.
Quote: "Fittleworth Flyer. An 8 oz Wakefield (44 in span). Designer's original plans and specs preserved by John West and brought to light by Peter Giggle. Drawn by Bob Jones, SAM England. RJ, Dec '93."
Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.
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User commentsThis one brings back a few memories. Back in 1993, when Pete Giggle first rediscovered this one, about five examples were built, mainly by members of the Brighton and district MAC. I can recall Pete's version was first, closely followed by John Minshull, Ken Rippengale, John Fox, myself and a couple of others. The design, although complicated to build, trimmed out and flew well. Its one big fault was prop stall as a result of the fearsome pitch on the prop (it was certainly an experts propeller). My prop was slightly less pitched and was the most consistent of them all. I even got it into the fly off at Middle Wallop. It's up in the loft now, sadly the old 8oz Wakefields are not flown much now, shame really.
MikeH - 12/07/2018
F. H. BOXALL Top man in the 1951 Wakefield team. Lives at Fittleworth, Sussex, and is a member of the Brighton & D. M.A.C. A telephone linesman by trade, he has been an aeromodeller since 1937. 30 years of age, F. H. is half of a pair of aeromodelling twins, and still a bachelor. See Aeromodeller Aug. 1951 pages 476 to 478 for specs, photo and 3 view of this model.
Pit - 13/07/2018
Excellent. Thanks Pit, have grabbed that model pic now.
SteveWMD - 13/07/2018
The photo and drawing is of the later Digby model from 1951 which Fred qualified 1st in the team trials if my memory serves me correctly. By that I mean that Pete Giggle used to indoctrinate me in the life and times of the brothers Boxall. Pete wrote a series of articles in early editions of Flying Model Designer and Constructor published in the early '90s. Good informative reading for anyone thinking of building this model (I think you should) or just a good insight of how a small group of guys did things back then.
MikeH - 13/07/2018
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