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Old 03-26-2011, 07:50 AM
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“Although these airplanes were noble experiments, Jimmy (Doolittle) and I both considered they were too hot for anybody to handle. We believed that we had used up a considerable portion of our earthly share of luck. We never even sat in them again. We really didn’t consider ourselves any more skillful than the boys who later crashed these jobs. Our guardian angels had just stood by us in our hour of need.”

- Lee Gehlbach, Air Trails, 1939
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:42 AM
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Hi Alex and Rich, here are some more pics of my progress.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:51 AM
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Sorry, i seem to have trouble uploading,.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:56 AM
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Wings are loosely attatched
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:08 PM
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BEAUTIFUL!
I have no doubt with enough power, you could fly her as-is!
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:17 PM
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Looking good, nice clean job on the framework. That canopy hatch is a good idea as I left mine off and it is not fun going in through the cockpit floor. The Gee Bee really is huge.

Was happy as the all up dry weight on mine was 39 pounds but then one of the landing gear flying wires snapped just above the solder joint. Might have to break down and buy real ones instead of cable.

Nice work on the Gee Bee, Brahm. Keep posting pics as you make progress.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:48 AM
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GREAT looking Gee BEE, what type and red color paint did you use? Covering?
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:59 AM
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Hi 3dsky,

21st Century Fabric dark red and white.
Rustoleum Sunrise Red for cowl and wheel pants (perfect match).

Have to keep messages short as it won't let me post longer ones for some reason. Maybe I type too slow?????
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:18 PM
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do you all think a DLE would be too much engine for the Gee Bee
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:20 PM
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I know this might sound crazy but trying to keep the build light what type of glue do you all use and how much epoxy do you use, and do you use epoxy in high stress areas!!!!!!!!!!!
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The DLE 170 should be great, I am looking at using a DA or DLE 170 in mine. Any wood type glue on all exposed sheeting joints and the rest CA. Some 30 min Epoxy around the fire wall area I my pick.
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I used normal pva wood glue for most of the structure, for high stress areas i used alphetic resin based wood glue. Use thick ca to tack the parts together and then add a bead of wood glue to add strength.
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:45 PM
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Should add that I went through a ton of medium CA on this build. Also think that a DLE 170 would be an excellent engine choice.

Rowdog 14, how is your Great Planes Gee Bee doing??? I am just waiting on the engine to complete mine.
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The great planes GEE BEE is doing great. Many flights on it. I am actually charging it as I type. Tomorrow I am going to retune the engine, and probably adjust the valves on the OS. I have had the OS for about three years now.

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Old 05-07-2011, 03:17 PM
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hello, im starting this build today. Ive been building a 1/6 scale sig cub and am waiting for a few things to ge here in the mail. todays progress was just all the wood out of the box and figure out what to build first. i usually start all y builds with the wings to thats what ill do here.i got my kit from precision kit kits here in sunny nj. everything looks awesome. great wood and a ton of it. got my kit in 3 days. thats fast!! looking forward to building this monster.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:44 AM
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Hi Robkamm,

Good luck with your build and keep us posted as you make progress. A kit is the way to go as it takes up too much time cutting out all of them parts with a scroll saw. Please post some pics also as I am interested in how your work proceeds.

Just preparing to test fly my GP Gee Bee. If that works out the Hostetler is next. But weather up here has been very wet and windy.

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Old 05-09-2011, 10:17 AM
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xradarusa, now there's a handle! :O) I just stuck y'all's pic in my Save These file. That's SOME B1RD! 'Gonna vid th' maiden for us?
Best Wishes on th' flight!
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Can not wait to see the flight
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:20 AM
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well yesterday night i had some time to actually start building. Ive been studying the plans for a few days. 10-15 minutes really between other family things . i pulled all the wood for the wings out . i got the ribs and spars glued together. the spars /spar box were a little confusing at first. it seems every builder/plan maker has a different style. the plane really doesnt look to hard to build. the wings go together pretty quickly. it was nice to get the glue flowing. off to the local hobby shop to get more ca. looks like she be taking a lot. pictures on the way when i get more built.
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i now have 1 wing framed out. waiting for the glue to dry before sanding and sheeting.what did you guys use for the aileronhinges. plans call for formica? can i just go with plywood? did youuse the long wire style hinge? onemore question sorry. did you completely cover the ailerons as the plans show? seems like it would be almost impossibe to do it on the front edge.thanks in advance Robert.
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Hi Robert,

I used the long wire style hinge for all of the flight surfaces. Sandwiched 3/32" plywood with formica on both sides of it. Obtained a massive roll of formica from the local flooring store for free. Robart hinge points with the long wire were used on the elevators though. Pretty much followed the plans except the aileron wire started to vibrate out while breaking in the engine and had to cap all of the wires with steel caps at the tip.

I could not figure out how to sheet the aileron leading edge either and ended up using a long balsa block. That scale hinging sure looks sharp when completed.

Sounds like your moving right along on the construction. Good job and please keep us posted.

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thank you for the reply. building the other wing today if i get time.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:43 AM
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here is a few pictures. just framing it all up. the mirror image building of the other wing had me triple checking everything. thats a 1/6 scale cub for reference to the size.
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Hi guys, nice to see interest in the gee bee are growing, Alex, your plane looks very good. Almost ready to start sheeting mine.
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:42 AM
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Hello, i have another question. I was building the horizontal stabilizer and the plans show a leading edge on it were the sheeting goes to. the plan also show the balsa/ply sandwich main part of the stab. going the the edges.what did you guys use for the leading edge of the stab. on the tail? thanks for your help. the build up is pretty easy so far. I started the center box section of the fus. last night.
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