Gee Bee QED (oz10495)


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Gee Bee QED. PMH Lewis's 24 inch span scale control liner of the famous racer. From Model Aircraft, August 1957.

Quote: "The year 1934 stands out in the memory as the year of the great England-to-Australia Air Race, and the 700 hp P&W S5E Hornet-powered QED was one of the few pure racing designs to take part after it flew in the Bendix of the previous month. Generally referred to as a Gee-Bee, although not built by the original company, the R6-H reached Bucharest carrying Jacqueline Cochran and Wesley Smith and then withdrew from the contest. It subsequently flew in the transcontinental Bendix races of 1935, 1936 and 1938 and ended its life in 1939 with a crash into the Potomac River under Mexican ownership.

Construction. Sheet, 1/8 in thick, provides the crutch base for the fuselage with a slot cut at the rear for the push-rod. Mark the location of the formers and cement the 1/2 x 3/8 in hardwood engine bearers into their slots, at the same time drilling bolt holes for the engine to be fitted. If necessary, the bearers should be set at a different spacing to suit other motors.

Formers F3 to F9 are traced onto 3/32 in sheet and cut at the same time as F2 which is on 1/8 in sheet. Holes are made in F6 to F9 for the push-rod and the formers are now ready to he cemented in position on the crutch. The 14 G wire undercarriage is sewn and glued to F5. When they are firm, add the 1/8 x 1/8 in cockpit edging and the tailplane supports. The tank may now be installed in the first bay and also the hardwood bearer holding the control plate..."

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