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Gee Bee R1 - Scale model racer for control line.
Quote: - "The Gee-Bee series have long been favorites of model builders everywhere. Its glamorous past, its brutally dynamic appearance, and flowing trim lines creates the excitement and interest that many of us desire from replicas of real aircraft.
Performancewise, a scale model of the Gee-Bee challenges the building and flying skill of any model builder. Though not as tricky to fly as the full scale version, you still have to have plenty on the ball; and plenty of power besides.
Though the model only spans 28in, anything less than a .25 engine is not advised, unless you manage to build yourself a super lightweight version. We were very weight conscious with our version, but only within practical limitations.
In order to achieve the ruggedness we needed without becoming unduly heavy, we decided on a planked structure for the fuselage. This type of structure was popular many years ago, but since, has given way to blocks and slab-sided construction. However, because of the enormous bulk of the Gee-Bee use of the present day types of structures were ruled out..."
From MAN Annual 1961.
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