118 Model Aviation SEPTEMBER2012 www.ModelAviation.com
Wally Farrell’s MiG 3 shows off its sleek lines
in a left bank. Wally used the Easy Built kit to
construct this beauty. Photo by Pat Daily.
Al Pardue continues to build beautiful
models. This time it’s a Nostalgia
Wakefield, the All American.
and one 1/8-inch loop and now it flies! It
did 90 seconds on two of three flights.
Why would you want to lighten a
plastic propeller when you may have to
add nose weight? I am convinced that
models fly better with lighter propellers.
I first encountered this technique
roughly 20 years ago in a tip sheet Dave
Smith sent with his Fiat G55 plans.
Start with a Peck 8- or 9.5-inch
propeller, depending on the size of your
model. I like to put a cloth on my pant
leg to support the propeller’s concave
Shave the front of the propeller with
a new single-edged razor or #11 blade,
stroking from the root of the propeller
to the tip. Hold the blade perpendicular
to the surface. This will produce a curl
or shaving of plastic. Have a wastebasket
and a vacuum handy because this can be
As you progress, the propeller
will become lighter and more
flexible. Be sure to balance the
propeller as you proceed. Aim
for a 30% to 40% reduction
in weight. I think you will be
pleased with the result. Note:
this is not legal for P- 30.
Nostalgia Wakefield has
proven to be a popular event
with the Society of Antique
Modelers (SAM) fliers. After
looking at a number of possible
designs, Al Pardue selected
the All American, a model designed
by the late R.J. Dunham from Tulsa,
R.J. was still actively flying when I got
back into FF more than 20 years ago.
His son, Robert, who had been active
since he was a kid, dropped out of FF
for several years, but I am happy to say
he is now flying again with several new
models in his hangar.
Al’s All American has a 41.3-inch
wingspan and 209 square inches of wing
area. The propeller is a 16-inch folder
from Bob Gourdon at Superior Props.
Following Mike Moskow’s advice, Al
is starting with 24 strands of 1/8-inch
rubber, 32 inches long and weighing 77
The model is covered with Polyspan
and finished with four coats of clear,
thinned Brodak nitrate dope. Al’s basic
finish is 25% dope, 25% lacquer thinner,
and 50% nitrate thinner. The red, white,
and blue striping is Brodak Butyrate
Bob Holman has the plans and a short
kit for this model and also offers laser-cut triangles, which Al found invaluable
when framing the basic box of the
fuselage. Jim O’Reilly has plans for the
All American and many more Nostalgia-era Wakefields.
Tom Hallman’s dad proudly
holds his son’s Fairchild
built from Scientific plans.