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    I am assuming the ascending surface is helped to...

    I am assuming the ascending surface is helped to ascend by the counterweight, while gravity will help the descending surface.
    Obviously air pressures are also acting on the surface, but this should...
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    I have applied red to the cowl, wheelpants and...

    I have applied red to the cowl, wheelpants and tailwheel fairing. On smaller two-color parts, I apply the first color to the entire surface. On the larger parts, like wing halves and fuselage, I...
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    The counterweights DO limit aileron travel, but...

    The counterweights DO limit aileron travel, but as Byron recommends 0.75 inches each way, and the counterweights stop aileron travel at 1.125 inches each direction, it's not a problem.
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    Mark, to get a clean line you need a quality...

    Mark, to get a clean line you need a quality masking tape. Great Planes, Duratrax, Tamiya, all offer vinyl masking tapes in various widths. Auto painting supplies have them.
    For tight curves (like...
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    Control surface counterweights are common in full...

    Control surface counterweights are common in full scale aircraft... not so much with models. I am sure Byron used them back in the day when digital servos with 300 oz. torque were a pipe dream!
    I've...
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    Masking and painting the red on wheelpants and...

    Masking and painting the red on wheelpants and head rest.
    It's starting to look like a Gee Bee :rolleyes:

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    Ailerons are hinged and counterweights glued in, ready for attachment...
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    HOW were you able to set up an electronic...

    HOW were you able to set up an electronic ignition, properly timed for 7 spark plugs?
    This certainly sounds like an ignition timing problem.
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    ALL white paint has been applied. Now must wait a...

    ALL white paint has been applied. Now must wait a week before applying red.

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    Time to make a very light headrest...
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    Although no picture, I also masked off...
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    The Byron wheelpants DO travel with the oleos....

    The Byron wheelpants DO travel with the oleos. The (non functional) flying wires are stretchy plastic and will simply go slack when the oleos compress.
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    Mike, SOOO many airplanes... SOOOO little time. ...

    Mike, SOOO many airplanes... SOOOO little time. If only I were retired or independently wealthy:cool:....
    As far as golden age racers, I would like to eventually build a Gee Bee Z at 33%. I...
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    No, button head screws. Magnets would be great,...

    No, button head screws. Magnets would be great, but I wouldn't trust that the canopy would stay on at high speeds.
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    Everything except the fuselage is now painted....

    Everything except the fuselage is now painted. All white parts must set up for a week before masking and applying the red scallops.
    Fuselage gets its coat of white tomorrow and then while everything...
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    While I wet sand, prime, glaze, sand some more,...

    While I wet sand, prime, glaze, sand some more, spay more primer and wait for it to dry, it was time to fit, mask, and paint the canopy...
    My attachment method will be FAR more tedious to install...
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    Cockpit dash is completed.. time to work on...

    Cockpit dash is completed.. time to work on cutting and fitting canopy.

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    Still working on the Gee Bee.. priming and wet...

    Still working on the Gee Bee.. priming and wet sanding..
    Will post more pix as soon as RCU is working properly again.
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    The finishing process goes on.. and on... When...

    The finishing process goes on.. and on...

    When it comes to fiberglassing, priming, and general filling... it's NOT how much you apply.. it's HOW MUCH YOU REMOVE that counts!
    No matter how...
  17. I cannot be absolutely certain as this was never...

    I cannot be absolutely certain as this was never a characteristic I was acutely observing between light and heavy Gee Bee's, but if memory serves me correctly, yes, the heavier the plane, the more it...
  18. Not totally sure what you are asking, but I can...

    Not totally sure what you are asking, but I can say that in a 90 degree bank, the Gee Bee would appear to be "skidding"... meaning, it was drifting away from the point about which it was turning,...
  19. I have flown the original CARF Gee Bee at 36...

    I have flown the original CARF Gee Bee at 36 pounds, 157cc, spinning 28x14 to a 32x10. The 32x10 created major handling problems. The aircraft would not track straight at any speed.
    I have flown...
  20. Olaf, As you may already know, the Gee Bee R...

    Olaf,
    As you may already know, the Gee Bee R models were designed and tested (in a wind tunnel) by Pete Miller back in 1931. He was an aeronautical engineer and his Gee Bee design was one of the...
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    Sanding, filling, priming continues... typical of...

    Sanding, filling, priming continues... typical of most fiberglass parts of 10+ years ago...

    The FIRST part to be "finished" is the tailwheel pant. Excess light isn't showing true red color.
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  22. The only area in which I found the gyro very...

    The only area in which I found the gyro very helpful was on take off. However, this could be more ME than any issues with a gyro.
    I generally DO NOT like the "feel" of a plane flying with a 3-axis...
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    Work continues.... LOTS of filling and sanding.....

    Work continues.... LOTS of filling and sanding.. then more filling and more sanding..
    The Dummy engine is done.

    The wheel pants have lots of flaws - here I am building up the rear 'lip' of one of...
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    After some time away due to family reasons, I...

    After some time away due to family reasons, I have returned to the Gee Bee... dummy radial (built from Top Flight 1/5 scale Corsair dummy kit).
    The inner cowl ring and dummy will provide the proper...
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    Another milestone... checking CG and weight... ...

    Another milestone... checking CG and weight...

    Although I was not terribly excited about placing radio components far AFT of the CG, there was little choice in the matter if I wanted any access....
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