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    Gee Bee R3

    Does anyone know of a set of plans available for the Gee Bee R3? I want to scratch one in Giant Scale (100'+). Something big enough for the Moki 250. I have been looking for even a smaller scale set to make larger, but no luck.

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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    R3??? I've never heard of one... I've heard of the R1 and the R2, as well as the R1/R2. What is an R3??
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    ORIGINAL: N1EDM

    R3??? I've never heard of one... I've heard of the R1 and the R2, as well as the R1/R2. What is an R3??
    It was never built in full scale to my knowledge but was on the drawing board. Just google GeeBee R3. It is absolutely beautiful..
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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    WOW! that would be a sweet plane.

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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    FYI. That's a nice airplane however it was never on the Granville Brothers Aircraft drawing board. I think this is a fictional 'what if' kind of thing that was drawn in our time frame. How about an R-1 like what Jimmy Doolittle flew? Hardly anybody builds that one! A Keith Rider R-3 would be a cool airplane for that Monster Moki!!!!!

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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    Gee Bee R3, it's called "Fantasy Scale".

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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    Yes, I believe that this was a "What If" model conceived by Hangar 9

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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    ahhh ok. I thought I had read somewhere that is was on the drawing board. It would have been really cool in full scale!
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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    Those of you who don’t think the Gee Bee R3 was real should brush up on your Mexican history. The Golden Age of Air Racing was not confined to the United States, it was also alive and well south of the border. In 1931, inspired by the Granville Brothers of Springfield Massachusetts, the Gonzales Brothers designed and built the Gee Bee R3 at their factory in Ciudad de Mexico (that’s Mexico City to you gringos). The R3 was piloted by none other than Speedy Gonzales himself and made its debut at the 1932 Cancun Air Races. With Speedy’s skilled hands at the controls, the R3 easily won every race it entered, including the Baja race and the highly coveted Tijuana Trophy. Experts agree that the R3 would have continued to dominate the racing scene but Speedy retired from racing to pursue an acting career with Warner Brothers.

    Here's my scale replica of the REAL R3 and a link to a flight video.
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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him GKChesterton

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    RE: Gee Bee R3


    ORIGINAL: ZedHead

    Those of you who don’t think the Gee Bee R3 was real should brush up on your Mexican history. The Golden Age of Air Racing was not confined to the United States, it was also alive and well south of the border. In 1931, inspired by the Granville Brothers of Springfield Massachusetts, the Gonzales Brothers designed and built the Gee Bee R3 at their factory in Ciudad de Mexico (that’s Mexico City to you gringos). The R3 was piloted by none other than Speedy Gonzales himself and made its debut at the 1932 Cancun Air Races. With Speedy’s skilled hands at the controls, the R3 easily won every race it entered, including the Baja race and the highly coveted Tijuana Trophy. Experts agree that the R3 would have continued to dominate the racing scene but Speedy retired from racing to pursue an acting career with Warner Brothers.

    Here's my scale replica of the REAL R3 and a link to a flight video.
    Gee Bee R3
    If it wasn't built by the Granville Brothers, then its not a GeeBee. Thats like calling a Fierro built Ferrari a Ferrari..
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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    There are those who would actually believe ZedHead's story (above) Great fiction!!

    I loved the play on the "Gonzales Brothers". You should write TV Sitcoms - maybe about airplanes!!

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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    The R3 is a fantasy racer originally drawn by an Italian artist by the name of Mirco Pecorari, and was ripped off by a model company in Europe originally. While pretty, today it would be about 70 years behind the curve aerodynamiclly. Very draggy design, wrong in so many design aspects if you are building with the goal of speed. Mirco also does a lot of paint schemes for aircraft that are very inspired that you can google to find.
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    RE: Gee Bee R3


    ORIGINAL: ZedHead

    Those of you who don’t think the Gee Bee R3 was real should brush up on your Mexican history. The Golden Age of Air Racing was not confined to the United States, it was also alive and well south of the border. In 1931, inspired by the Granville Brothers of Springfield Massachusetts, the Gonzales Brothers designed and built the Gee Bee R3 at their factory in Ciudad de Mexico (that’s Mexico City to you gringos). The R3 was piloted by none other than Speedy Gonzales himself and made its debut at the 1932 Cancun Air Races. With Speedy’s skilled hands at the controls, the R3 easily won every race it entered, including the Baja race and the highly coveted Tijuana Trophy. Experts agree that the R3 would have continued to dominate the racing scene but Speedy retired from racing to pursue an acting career with Warner Brothers.

    Here's my scale replica of the REAL R3 and a link to a flight video.
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    I thought 'Speedy' got a job with 'Warner Radial Engines' company? lol

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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    Reminds me of a ''scale'' model plan that once featured in an English magazine.

    It was a pursuit aircraft with the designation TR-IV -I-al.

    A friend was convinced it was a real aircraft! - John.

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    RE: Gee Bee R3

    I remember in some back issues of RC Report, Gordon Banks (editor) wanted to start a Fun-scale class called something like "Could Be Scale" or something like that. It was for planes specifically like the R-3, where the plane never existed but the model design looked very realistic.

    As noted, the proposed Class was strictly for fun, nothing serious, but it never caught on. Too bad. There could have been some fun diversions in the Scale field.

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