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Q-Tee. Radio control sport model. Parasol sports trainer. Kitted later by Airtronics. Wingspan 36 in, area 250 sq in, for 2 channel RC and .049 power.
The Q-Tee was designed for a lower power .049 motor like the Cox Golden Bee.
Quote: "The Q-Tee, designed by good friend Lee Renaud, offers an alternative method of starting in RC. This is a unique approach by an outstanding model designer and uses a carefully thought-out systems engineering concept. By using a low cost, easy starting engine which is available in every hobby shop and most work benches around the country as the basis for the Q-Tee, he has achieved a minimum cost way for the novice to try RC flying. So simple that it's obviously a breakthrough in attracting newcomers to our hobby - yet no one else has approached the problem in this unique manner.
To most of us who have been involved with RC flying for a number of years 1/2A RC is associated with racing or small pattern ships. The Q-Tee is a very different breed of cat. As radios continue to shrink in size and weight and the pressure of urban sprawl makes large flying areas more difficult to find, we believe more and more fliers will be attracted by the advantages of this type of model.
The Q-Tee offers the stability and slow speed required for the beginner who has not yet mastered the sticks. Set up as a trainer it will putt-putt around until the tank runs out, then glide flat until you touch down. With the advanced set-up it can bore holes in the sky, fly inverted, perform all rudder/elevator stunts, yet still give you a glide many sailplanes would envy.
No matter what your skill level, we suggest that you read Lee's article. Perhaps you might enjoy a fun-fly ship you can keep in the trunk of your car until the next good day. Even if not, you can teach your own or the neighbor's, kids how to fly an RC model. If there are no kids around the Q-Tee is still great for wives or girlfriends. Build one!"
Update 17/03/12: Uploaded a slightly clearer copy of the same plan.
Update 03/03/2015: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to theshadow.
Update 14/01/2016: Replaced this plan with a better copy scanned from a fullsize plan, thanks to Balsaworkbench, scanning by Don at EAC, cleanup by theshadow.
Update 01/03/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.
Update 14/08/2017: Added PDFvector plan tracing, thanks to dfritzke.
Quote: "Hey there, if you want to post another version of the Q-Tee, here is a plot-to-pdf from the cad file I drafted, back in 2009, apparently! You have probably noticed that this plane has nostalgic value for a lot of us Yanks. Only now do I notice I put the title block on the 'hatch' layer, sloppy sloppy... Dave"
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by Lee Renaud
from RCMplans (ref:625)
Tags: IC R/C Parasol Trainer
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Found online 30/06/2011 at:
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User commentsHi steve, I'm dave from singapore, a model builder. I have completed building the q tee and would like to share the photo [see more pics 005, 006] to upload in outerzone. Is it possible? If you can help I would greatly appreciate it. Here attached is two of the photos. Thanks a lot steve. Regards,
Dave - 19/04/2015
For what it's worth, the Q-Tee was my first RC plane. I discovered that it had a nasty spin characteristic, or was out just my novice-nasty flying technique? After several crash and re-builds, I learned to REVERSE control and she snapped right out of the spin. She'd do and inside as well as outside loop with an .049. I also learned the hard way the nasty effects glo fuel has on rubber bands, and that the Q-Tee will only 'fly' in one direction (down) without wings! I really enjoyed that battered bird - and those plans brought back happy memories.
OleBill - 20/04/2015
Hi Steve & Mary - This is my Q-Tee which I built from the excellent Hangar Cats short kit [more pics 007-011]. Anyone building this model should try very hard to keep the tail section as light as possible and check that it balances in the right place before flying. Mine needed 30g of lead at the firewall. I made up the same black & white stripe as on the original and replaced the Cox sticker by a smiley (very '70s !!). I used ''solid bright red'' film from Hobby King instead of transparent. It flies very nicely.
ChrisPinn - 22/04/2016
Hi Mary. Photo as requested! This is me at the Old Warden Mayfly meeting 14th - 15th May 2016 [more pics 012]. I am holding my Q-Tee and Schoolmaster, plans of both of these great flying models are on Outerzone [the Schoolmaster is here]. I'm wearing my Outerzone T-Shirt of course. It was a super event. I only slightly bent my free flight Ebenezer, the RC models coming home without a scratch despite the sometimes gusty conditions.
ChrisPinn - 24/05/2016
Two archive photos from Andy Coutts [more pics 013, 014].
Mary - 18/01/2017
You already have a lot of Q-Tee photos, but I thought you needed some with bare wood [more pics 015, 016]. I just completed this one, August 2017, and it's ready for Monokote.
RobR - 11/08/2017
Friends, I have built the model from a plan published on your page. It really is a beauty the flight that it has. I attached some photos to upload it to the page [more pics 017-021].
Nicolas - 23/04/2018
On Page 38 of RCLibrary's latest magazine - RCM 1977/09 September - there is a fabulous photo of a line up of 22 Q-Tees! Well worth showing on Q-Tee 'more pics' .
ChrisPinn - 28/06/2018
Pictures of my Q-Tee, plans oz1350 [more pics 023-026].
Diego_Ochoa - 24/04/2019
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