1937 Wakefield (oz2600)
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Fillon 1937 Wakefield. Rubber contest model. Wakefield winner. Originally from 1937, the plan was reprinted in Aeromodeller March 1974.
Quote: "THE 1937 WAKEFIELD International Trophy competition, held at Fairey's Aerodrome - better known nowadays perhaps as 'Heathrow', where model flying is certainly no longer permitted - was particularly memorable as being the first truly international meeting. Incredibly, M. Fillon, the eventual winner, still has the actual model today where he photographed it at his retirement home in the South of France.
Vintage competition fliers will be pleased to know that this model certainly conforms with SMAE vintage rules - the plans were originally published in the December 1937 issue of the French magazine Model Reduit d'Avion. However, those who have a liking for vintage designs but not for some of the complicated and certainly out-dated constructional methods employed, should note the suggested alternatives marked on the plan where appropriate. These still retain the vintage 'flavour' without the hair-splitting accuracy demanded by some vintage contests. The choice is yours!
To recapture the atmosphere of the 'serious' competition flying of the day, what better than the following report, taken from the September 1937 issue of Aero Modeller..."
Update 9/10/2016: added article, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsHello, the blank frame of Fillon's Wakefield (oz 2600) is now finished. Enclosed a photo of it [more pics 003]. Thanks for your great site.
AndreasKoch - 11/03/2019
Fillon's Wakefield (oz 2600) is now finished and the first flights are promising. Attached is a picture [more pics 004]. The 20" balsa prop turns quite slowly despite the 24 strands of 1/8 rubber. Here's the link to my youtube movie of her very first flights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx6Lnz4VXyw&t=3s
AndreasKoch - 15/05/2019
Hi Steve & Mary, these photos of the flying 1937 Wakefield Winner were taken by Roman Groener at our spring meeting from ‘gummimotor.ch’ in Holziken, Switzerland [more pics 005,006]. Mit freundlichen Grüssen,
AndreasKoch - 25/03/2020
I think that you may want to add more strands of rubber. 24 of 1/8 is only equal to 16 of 3/16.
The 20" prop will need 24 of 3/16.
Dave Platt - 12/06/2020
This problem was reported in the Aeromodeller report of the 1937 contest, the report went on to say the prop was chopped down, maybe to 18 inches.
Mike - 12/06/2020
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