at the 2016 Nats
by Gene Smith
Jeff Englert looks happy as he prepares
to launch his Kansas Wakefield at the
Magnificent Mountain Men’s club field in
Denver. It maxed out!
George White did a great
job on his Guillow’s
Skyraider. White photo.
Mike Welshans holds his
Dime Scale Gadfly during
the 2015 AMA Nats.
The One-Design event at this year’s AMA Free Flight (FF) Nats will be for the same models as last year: the Jays Bird with a .049 or .051 Nostalgia-legal engine and the Tornado by Reid Simpson with a .049 or .051 Tee Dee. Check
the National Free Flight Society (NFFS) website for plans.
The Kansas Wakefield was designed by Ernie Linn in 1938. Ernie was honored
at a 1970s Society of Antique Modelers (SAM) Championships when the Kansas
Wakefield was selected for the One-Design event.
Roughly 25 airplanes were constructed, with many
builders using Jim O’Reilly’s CAD plans and Bob
Holman’s laser-cut short kit. The model trims easily
and is highly recommended as an introduction to Large
SAM Old-Time Rubber.
The design is a great flier. Some think it’s better than
the 1939 Korda, but that’s an open argument. The
pictured model was built by Tom Derber in 1995 and
given to Jeff Englert shortly before the Magnificent
Mountain Men contest in Denver in 2015 during
Labor Day weekend. Jeff reports that the model’s main
problem is that it requires 5 ounces of rubber to provide
enough power! I saw this model fly, and it’s impressive!
FAI Model Supply, the source for rubber, quit
stocking 1/4-inch rubber strip, so Jeff had
to use 1/8-inch strip. It takes a lot of 1/8-
inch circuits to make a 5-ounce motor.
Fortunately, FAI Model Supply is again
stocking the 1/4-inch strip.
Jim O’Reilly has half-size plans of the
Kansas Wakefield for the Flying Aces
Club (FAC) Half-Size Wakefield event.
George White recently completed
a Skyraider that he built from the
Guillow’s 900-series kit. He used a
Gizmo Geezer nose button in the
plastic cowl. George moved the rear peg
forward, as many of us do, but the model
ended up nose-heavy, so he plans to
move it back to the location shown on
The model is slightly porky at 26
grams empty, but that’s not bad for a
sport model that will fly well, but not
be a flyaway risk in a thermal. George
found that the wood, except for the
sticks, was all 1/20
and better than
he expected. That
has also been my
experience with the
900-series kits. The
finish is water-based
Mike and Pat
and Pat Murray have
directors of the FAC
123 Model Aviation MAY 2016