Red Coat. Wakefield rubber contest model.
Quote: "It appears that the latest design trend in Wakefields is not in the airframe, but in very professional front-end assemblies that include special ball-bearing races fore and aft, and machine shop, precision-made parts throughout. The big reason for fancy front ends is to reduce friction by some minute amount. While this may have been accomplished with a few, some are of questionable value except as status symbols. Many of these rigs are in the gadget class, and they certainly increase the chances for malfunction unless they are extremely well done. In any case, it is true that offset thrust adjustments increase bearing loads and friction and reduce power output. the important question is whether the fancy rigs really help enough to be worth all the effort.
In Redcoat particular attention has been paid to a front-end whose construction is well within the abilities of most model builders. The consideration is that a modeler building a Wakefield from a plan is looking to save time and considerable experimenting, but still wants a model that will perform well. The wire front-end is not a new idea by any means. However, this one is made extra rugged by using heavier wire (2mm). Smaller wire wouldn't be dependable as it bends too easily and twists out of shape with today's Wakefield motors, which would spoil the props fold position..."
Red Coat, MAN, August 1963.
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