RE: Hobby Lobby Gee Bee R3 build thread
Ditto. You going to keep going here or in the scale racing forums?
I've held off on building mine. I've got one of the originals, diff color scheme, no manual, etc. I spent quite a bit of time trying to find any build info or flying info. Only to find, running battles over who designed the thing, who came up with the idea, etc., at least two sets of factory recommended throws, and maybe not either being right, lots of build faults that were maybe corrected on the 2nd & 3rd versions, and more horror stories and lost maidens then builds confidence. Beginning to really wonder if it's worth the effort now. Almost seems like there may be an inherent problem(s) with this bird. Really like to hear from someone who's actually gotten a consumer version to actually fly comfortably and more then 3 times before something tragic happens.
I'm thinking that the one at SEFF may have been modded? It seemed to behave a lot different then other vids I've seen of this. Granted having Mr. Cole on the sticks could make a difference, but if it's that advanced of a bird I'm going to be lost.
I saw this bird at NEAT last year at the Hobby Lobby tent, but honestly I don't remember seeing it fly.
Oh well, if it turns out that it is going to be a widow maker like the real ones, it will make a nice static version.
I know at the Fantasy of Flight museum in Lakeland Fl, there are two of the other style Gee Bees there. I remember reading one of the signs there that told about the inherent problem they had at anything at or over the 300 mph range. Seems the ailerons would start going bonkers and rip the wings off. Owner of museum/planes had to have a test pilot guinea pig his till they figured out the problem in the wing and corrected it.
So I guess even the real ones had problems, only took what 50-60 years to figure out the problem and correct it.
Tell me it ain't going to take as long on this one.[&o]