Gee Bee R-1


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Gee Bee R-1  
by Paul Del Gatto
from Model Airplane News
December 1961 
28in span
Tags: Scale IC C/L LowWing Racer Civil
all formers complete :)
got article :)

Submitted to Outerzone: 18/12/2016
Outerzone planID: oz8263 | Filesize: 325KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: dfritzke


About this Plan

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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This is SORT OF (it's somewhat enlarged) Paul Del Gatto's UC GeeBee from the MAN 1961 Annual [more pics 006-012]. My dad started building it one winter (around 1970?) and he got as far as framing up the wing and fuse, and covering with white nylon. Around 1990 I picked it up, got it to this stage. I do not have any kids of my own to finish this, so now it's up to me. Spans 42", weighs 2 pounds as you see it. Dad was not aiming for a UC model, but RC so what he had built was pretty light. I admire his plywood and 1/32" balsa cowl, but the nylon bowl I found is way more practical. The landing gear I built from lite-ply, Rohacell foam, basswood and balsa. All covered with white Solar film and painted trim. As a tribute to my Dad, I should finish this thing!
dfritzke - 02/01/2017
I have probably spent way more time on it than Dad ever did at this point. Not much further to go though. The all up weight has me worried, I'll have to add another 10 ounces at the least for the motor, battery and radio, so 42-45 ounces AUW? She will fly like the real one did if it flies at all. I was happy with it until I saw the foam version coming to market soon that is just a little bit smaller and AUW is just 32 oz:
dfritzke - 10/01/2017
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