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Old 04-12-2019, 09:06 AM
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The 'upgrade' of the Gee Bee kit seems to have brought interest in this airplane almost to a complete halt. Exactly the opposite of the results CARF had hoped for.
I haven't heard any feedback on the flying qualities of the new kit so can only assume very few have been built and flown.
No doubt, doubling the price put the brakes on interest as well... unfortunate.
Still the coolest airplane ever
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:23 PM
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I am still wanting one. With the money I have spent this last year on RC stuff I could have got it . I am still looking for a video of the new one flying. Hopefully someone picks one up and post here with details.
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Old 04-13-2019, 01:43 PM
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I agree with you Richard. It’s a pity that there is not more interest in this fantastic plane. I still haven’t made my maiden flight. At the moment I do some testing with a cortex pro that I would like to install in the GeeBee. I would love to see one of those GeeBee’s flying before I do my maiden so I can see what I can expect, I’ve never seen one flying, not even on an airshow. Don’t understand why CARF never bring it to a show....
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Airbusdriver74 View Post
I agree with you Richard. Itís a pity that there is not more interest in this fantastic plane. I still havenít made my maiden flight. At the moment I do some testing with a cortex pro that I would like to install in the GeeBee. I would love to see one of those GeeBeeís flying before I do my maiden so I can see what I can expect, Iíve never seen one flying, not even on an airshow. Donít understand why CARF never bring it to a show....
Well, there is no shortage of videos of the CARF Gee Bee flying by pilots of all experience levels.. but IF you are looking specifically for a video of the "new and improved" Gee Bee R2 flying, well, that I don't know.
I can tell you not to expect a huge difference in handling between the old and the new. It boils down to the pilot and proper set up of the plane.
A gyro would be a good addition.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:55 AM
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I think there is a lot of interest in the plane but I think it is overruled/overshadowed by the history of it. Even the great planes 1.20 Gee Bee had pilots scared to fly it, so I can only imagine what they are thinking with the CompArf Gee Bee new and old version. When I used to bring out my GP Gee Bee, everyone would say I would love to have that plane but...
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:54 AM
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In support of rowdog's statement, and speaking as a retired sales/training manager, they should have offered a wing option. One, with the scale airfoil and a sport wing option to tame the landing speeds. Now, I can hear the high and mighty raising their objections, but without sales, the model will disappear from the marketplace. If people are afraid to fly the plane, it will go away.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Lifer View Post
In support of rowdog's statement, and speaking as a retired sales/training manager, they should have offered a wing option. One, with the scale airfoil and a sport wing option to tame the landing speeds. Now, I can hear the high and mighty raising their objections, but without sales, the model will disappear from the marketplace. If people are afraid to fly the plane, it will go away.
I don't disagree. When CARF re-tooled the kit and doubled the price, I expressed concern that an up-dated builder's manual was an absolute necessity, as well as a full-blown marketing campaign which included a detailed build-blog, set-up, and flying videos. I won't get into the details, but suffice it to say my concerns went unheeded by CARF. The kit stands on its own, on life support, with interest from only the most die-hard Gee Bee fans. Appealing to such a small segment of the modeling population guarantees a product's failure. Such a shame.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:40 AM
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Then they should hire you as the Sales and Training Manager!
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Originally Posted by Lifer View Post
Then they should hire you as the Sales and Training Manager!
I wrote the Builder's Manual for the CARF Gee Bee... the one that comes with any kit made since 2010. I offered to update the manual for the new, improved version, since many things had changed. The offer was turned down.
I also wrote the Builder's Manual for the CARF P-47 after writing the manual for the Gee Bee. Mr. Geitz seems to be doing just fine without me!
However, the Gee Bee kit would be doing MUCH BETTER had he taken me up on my offer...


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Old 04-15-2019, 03:10 PM
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Why not build your own from Hostetler plans? It will cost less than half the CARF, and, you will have double the satisfaction and pride!
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:19 AM
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Are you still flying the GeeBee yourself Richard?
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Airbusdriver74 View Post
Are you still flying the GeeBee yourself Richard?
I am building another CARF, presently. This one is different than all others....
Pictures will be forthcoming sometime in the near future....
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:48 AM
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I’m looking forward to it Richard!
any hints maybe?
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