Archive for January 9th, 2019

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Wakefield update

It’s just so amazing building a model plane from the late 30’s. There wasn’t radio control and all the electronics we have today. These designers had to figure ingenious ways to get a rubber band powered model to fly and fly well.

Like this folding propeller that slowly wines down and as it does the spring allows it to come forward until it stops hitting a screw. The prop stops turning and folds back to reduce drag. The plane then becomes a glider and at a couple of hundred feet or more can keep flying on lift from thermals and updrafts up to 28 minutes or more.

Still lots to do. build the wing and finish off the fuselage but it’s going well.




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