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Old 01-29-2018, 06:07 PM
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datazman42
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Default Un Packing the box.

Hello All:

First off please excuse the photos taken in my living room as my garage workshop is being used for a woodworking project. Future photos will be a little better as my workshop has much better lighting and I will not have to use flash.

As you can see by the photos the Gee Bee was packaged fairly well from the trip from overseas to the supplier than to me. Packaged in 2 layers with the cowl and dummy engine in a section all its own. No damage was realized by any of the parts from shipping.

I am going to simply state my thoughts in two categories: The Good and the Needs Improvement.

The Good:

The paint finish on the fiberglass parts is flawless.

The covering (I am assuming is Oracover/Ultracote) has a few minor wrinkles that will be easy to remedy with a heat gun.

Construction is all Light Weight Plywood making it strong and light. If I find any Balsa I will point it out as I am building.

The Carbon Fiber wing tube fits perfectly in both wings and fuselage.

The machining on the landing gear and wheel hubs is outstanding.

Cowl ring installed at the factory.

Access hatch is huge allowing plenty of working room for component installation.

All hinges are pre-drilled installed but still need gluing.

Needs Improvement:

Each wing half is in two sections. I think a one-piece wing half would be the norm.

The factory supplied threaded hold down screws that hold the hatch in place look out of place on the fuselage. Several alternative solutions come to mind but I will give it some thought before I implement one.

An assembly manual was not included in the box. I did search the web site but could not find it. Thanks to RickVB I do have a manual. Thank you Rick!

I will be back with the build photos and progress in about a week. My woodworking project is almost done than to the Gee Bee.

Till the next time.
Ta Ta for now.

Paul
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Last edited by datazman42; 01-29-2018 at 06:45 PM.