GeeBee R1 Racer, 1:33, Rafal Ciesielski

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  1. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

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    Edge fuzzies??? I don't see anything, except one da** good looking plane!!!

    Beautiful job!!! She looks clean to me!

    Russell
  2. cgutzmer

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    That is looking great! I must have a different defdintion of edge fuzzy thank you cause I dont see squat either ;)
    Chris
  3. rlwhitt

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    You know I think I was looking at the full size pic before I cut it down.

    It's a funny thing - you look at the thing with the naked eye and it looks fine, then you take macro mode pics and all the ugly bits jump out!

    I think the moral of the story is to not take pictures! :grin:
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    Wings!

    Tonight we start the wings. This is a picture of the laminated rib parts and the bits that roll up to form spars. These are marked as S1 and S2 on the parts sheet, but are called out as B1 and B2 on the instructions.

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    Rolling the spar on 1mm wire. I never get these as tight as I'd like, but they are tight enough. Good thing they don't have to look good as they'll be hidden!

    I would strongly recommend wetting the card a little bit with a paint brush before rolling. You could also use a bit lighter stuff here if you've got it.

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    Use 2 bits of 1mm wire to align things while you glue the bits together.

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    Looks cool! That's also a neat way of attaching the wings, sturdy and gives it the right angle, great job.
  8. Amazyah

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    Looking good!

    I noticed your in my neck of the woods. Where do you get your wire from?

    Russell
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    Yes it is a nice design. Very sturdy when done.

    Rick

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    Michaels craft store. It's floral stem wire. They've got 20ga and 18 ga in packs of 20 18" lengths for less than $2 a pack. The 18ga is very close to 1mm.

    Rick

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    Continuing on with the wings, here we glue the spar/rib structures to the lower half. Note that the upper wing surface is shorter than the lower, so we have to make sure the root rib is placed such that it gets covered by the upper surface. If you don't do this, the wing won't snug up close enough to the fuselage. The fellow on Kartonmodell forum seems to have been bitten by this one and so the fairings didn't fit quite right.

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    Completed wings, if you can call them wings. Don't know how this plane stayed in the air!

    The designer did a nice shading job on the ailerons, the almost look like separate parts!

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    Wings glued on. I used CA to join them to the spar wires and then put some white glue fillets on the joints. This is a very strong structure, and correctly angled if you get the initial wire bends correct.

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  14. Amazyah

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    I don't see how you could land one of these babies without wrecking either.
    The fuselage was so huge, how could the pilot see without hanging out of the cockpit?

    It sure is a beautiful plane though, and your doing a great job too!

    Russell
  15. GT5500

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    I suppose it can;tbe any worse then a modern day aerobatic plane where the pilot is a long way back and more or less lying down, I have noticed when they taxi out the zig zag to see where they are going but I don't know how they land them:confused:
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    This is such a cool model! It reminds me of the movie, "The Rocketeer." The hero of the story flew a Gee Bee in the beginning of the film, but it was yellow and black, if I remember correctly. I have the kit on order(backorder unfortunately:( ) and am anxious now to give it a go.
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    rlwhitt Active Member

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    Do you mean this particular version? It's a free download if you are not wanting to wait for pre-printed.

  18. Amazyah

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    You sounded like you were going to give us a link there!:-? I started to get excited!:-D
    I know I have seen the other version somewhere, just can't remember.:cry:

    Russell
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    Nope, I meant the black and yellow version.

    I've built the FG version.
    Not a bad kit, just too simplified for my taste.
    The engine is just a flat, one piece, version.

    Russell