Judge Wakefield 50%. A half-scale model of the winning 1936 Judge Wakefield (oz8888). This plan dates from 1996 Aeromodeller.
Quote: "Half-sized Judge Wakefield. Build this lovely little model reduced to half-size, by Mike Hollamby.
Sixty years ago the SMAE sent a full team of modellers to the USA in a hid to recapture the Wakefield trophy. As many of us know the competition was won by Bert Judge. In a recent conversation with your editor we were searching for a follow-up to my '35' Copland Wakefield (oz9943) published in the September issue. The requirements were that it had to be English, good looking and with a flat bottomed wing section. It didn't take long to come up with the Judge.
The Model. Most of the published plans for this model differ in many respects - including the 20 in span Judge for Yourself (oz3280) published in this magazine in 1989 - with some versions looking like completely different models. The small plan in the 1937 Zaic Yearbook was the basis of this model. Like the Copland it is very easy to build. With any model this size care must be taken to keep everything as light as pos-sible, use the lightest wood you can find, don't splash big dobs of glue everywhere and dope the covering with a maximum of 80% thinners 20% banana oil (one coat for indoor flying).
The West Wings Kit. If you prefer to build from a kit then get onto your nearest model shop because West Wings will have produced a kit for this model by the time you read this.
Warning. I have found that extreme care must be taken when doping the wings or they will bow upwards. The rewards for your careful labour will be a lovely little model which will fly a treat and all you do then is bring it to Olympia on Thursday 2nd January 1997.
The Competition. On Thursday 2 January I will be running a competition for any half-size Wakefields for the West Wings trophy. This will be run as informally as possible to cater for the sports flyer. The main intention is to get as many half-size Wakefields into the air as possible and give the general public a good show. So clear your building board and start building. See you at Olympia."
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