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Old 01-20-2012, 09:57 AM
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ORIGINAL: buzzard bait

Using the vacuformed plastic as a mold for fiberglass parts sounds like a good idea, and it sounds like a lot of you are familiar with how to do it. Would someone please explain your method?

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Get some mold release wax and wax and polish the inside of the styrene parts a few times. Doing this as an only step has worked for me in the past but the surface was a little rough. Primer took care of that! But, to smooth it more, spray a couple of coats of PVA into the 'molds'. Put 0.75oz glass cloth strips into mold and 'stiple' resin thru cloth. A couple or three layers is plenty. Once cured just pop parts out and trim and assemble. If they are a little thin just put more glass inside the parts as needed. I use polyester resin because it's inexpensive. A quart can of Bondo brand is ~$20 or less and will make a lot of parts. Any ???- just ask. I can even show parts
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:16 PM
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NP Arup I just might steal your Idea!

Mine came with a Fiberglass cowl though
Old 01-20-2012, 01:25 PM
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How did you get a fiberglass cowl? Mine came with a white plastic cowl. Some people just have all the luck:-)

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Old 01-22-2012, 06:48 AM
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LOL Joe,

Now I'll have to look again I thought it was Glass!
Old 01-22-2012, 08:47 AM
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So! When are we going to glue something together here? I'm tryin to be patient but it's hard.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:33 AM
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I'm waiting on servos for the ailerons.

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Servos came yesterday. Looks like there may be a couple of different options for mounting them other than what is shown on the plans. Found a mtr mount in my stash that will work with the OS fl70 that I have. I went ahead & drilled & tapped it. I will need to move the firewall back 13/16". I really need to finish a couple of planes & a heli before I start on the gee bee. But, the Gee Bee is really wanting to get built/finished first. :-)
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US185Damiani, have you started on your's yet? I'm thinking about starting to build the wing on mine. I'm still trying to make up my mind on what engine to use. My nib OS FL-70, or trusty OS 46-FS. I've been reading bad things about running the FL-70 inverted.
Old 02-01-2012, 07:01 PM
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Hi Joe,

Not yet, I'm going with an Enya 53 4C ( I have it in Stock) should fly it about right if I keep it light.. I don't like running 2 strokes upside down. 4 Strokes work great upside down. I'm not sure why the FL 70 would be an issue inverted. BTWmy cowl is plastic LOL Iwish it was glass
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3 of the 3/16 x 1/2 spars are warped too bad to use. The way the wing builds, the spar cannot be warped. Hopefully, one of the 2 hobby shops in town will have some. I have my doubts though. Neither one carries much in the way of wood anymore. Heck, I don't even think I saw a kit the last time I went. everything is arfs:-(
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Hi

Nice to see that the great Henry Haffke designs still are in production. I build 2 model D in 1982 and 1986. The second one is still flying. It is sporting a OS-70 fourstroke and has ample power. Pretty fast if youfly without the flying wires. It got abit heavy, 3.1 kg dry.

I wish you a good time building the plane. Please post pictures.

Here is mine.

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:33 PM
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That's nice. I think I need to finish my Great Planes 60 size Cap 21 that I started 20 something years ago before starting on my Gee Bee.
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ohh, sorry, posted twice the same picture

here, regards Aldo

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Last year I crashed my Coverite Gee Bee when the battery shifted back. So just last week I ordered a Brodak SOY kit, Vey pleased with the kit quality and it looks like it will be a pound or so lighter than the Coverite.I think I'll move this one ahead in the building queue.
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Sad to see your loss, I hopoe you get your new one going soon. Just today I bought a GEE BEE E from brodak I already have the D and the Jeep. Just gotta get building now. Good Luck!
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Originally Posted by jeep36 View Post
Sad to see your loss, I hopoe you get your new one going soon. Just today I bought a GEE BEE E from brodak I already have the D and the Jeep. Just gotta get building now. Good Luck!
I'm glad to hear you guys are satisfied with Brodak's kit quality. I have been salivating over the Dare Cessna T50 "Songbird" (Pat Title design) and I can't help staring at the Super Constellation and B-25 Mitchel kits too. Electrics make multi-engine models easy.
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Enlarging the wing plan 107%


Same pilot from the old crashed GeeBee.



Waking up this old thread.

Flying season is getting poor here in PA, had a back surgery that layed me out for a month, and now it's time to get back to building..

The Gee Bee R is taking shape. At this point, matching the nose piece contours, and rounding out a square box fuse. The fuse plans were the correct size, but the wing was undersized for the supplied parts, and it was 5" shorty of the advertised wingspan. Kinkos wanted between 40 and 50 bucks to scan and reprint the plans at 107%, so I broke out the rulers and calculator and drew it bigger myself.
I don't care for the wing design, using two hardwood spars front and rear. There are no shear webs or D-tube design,
just solid hardwood. I might change this design, or find some better wood, or use up some surplus carbon fiber tow I have here.
Anyway I have to remind myself to take my time, it doesn't need to be completed until spring.
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Default Thinking of Resurrecting My Coverite Gee Bee Model E

Flew many years ago at Mile Square Park and El Toro Marine Base, powered by unreliable Enya .46 4S. After some bad landings, repairs, and wing damage, it has sat on a shelf in the garage for an eon.. More recently I had lengthy bad experiences with a Maxford Gee Bee E , E-powered with a Cobra 3525/12 Outrunner on 4S lipos. I am thinking of giving the old Haffke Coverite Model E another chance at flight. and installing the Cobra motor on 4S Lipo power. The old original Coverite Gee Bee was a "flying lumberyard" but it might do all right with around 500 watts electric power. The fuselage is in good shape but the wing needs some surgery and cosmetic work.
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Go for it! And post pictures!
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Any progress with the model E resurrection? I have all the old Coverite kits. Currently building the Black Baron Special.

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