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Wedell-Williams Model 44 Short Kit

Jimmy Wedell was one of the most successful racing aircraft designers of his era. With only a 9th grade education, he had a real “seat of the pants” approach to designing. The Model 44 was literally built from chalk marks on the hanger floor. 

Backed by lumber tycoon Harry Williams, Jimmy Wedell produced several record-breaking aircraft. The Model 44 was the first land-plane to break 300mph, and Roscoe Turner set a transcontinental speed record in his Model 44. These records are on top of several wins in the Thompson and Bendix races. Jimmy’s design career and life were cut short, not by a racing accident but by a student pilot who froze at the controls.

This Model 44 is 1/6 scale and is designed for electric powered. It features a unique wing latch mechanism and flying wire attachment scheme that does not require any tools for field assembly. The size is small enough to be affordable, yet large enough to fly in most conditions.

Featured as a construction article in the May, 2010 Flying Models magazine, we now offer a short kit of laser cut parts, a vacuum formed canopy, plans, and a vacuum formed canopy. For pure scratch builders, the plans are available from the Flying Models plans service.


The Model 44 looks great on the ground or in the air

The fuselage is built on an integrated crutch. A unique latch mechanism holds the plug in wing securely in flight.

The fuselage assembles quickly on the crutch. Notches for all the stringers are laser cut.

The wings are traditional built up, D-tube construction. Laser cut wing joiners plug into the fuselage for easy transport and field assembly.

The completed airframe structure is light and strong.


  • Scale:1/6
  • Wing Span: 52"
  • Length: 44"
  • Wing Area: 516 sq. in. 
  • Weight: 60-65 oz. 
  • Wing Loading: 18 oz./sq. ft. 
  • Recommended Motors: Hacker A30-10XL, 14x7 APCE Propeller. 
  • Recommended Battery: 3S 3200 to 5000 mAhr LiPo's 
  • Built up fuselage and wings

Kit Contents

  • Laser cut balsa and plywood fuselage formers and wing ribs
  • Vacuum formed canopy
  • Full Size Plans
  • Photo Illustrated Construction Manual