GeeBee R1 Racer, 1:33, Rafal Ciesielski

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  1. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

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    I was wrong again! Sorry Chris.
    Boy I need to get some sleep one of these days.:cry:

    Fiddler's Green's freebie is the red and white one but if you purchase it or the airplane CD you get the black and yellow one also, in the versions folder.

    I could have sworn I saw a black and yellow one for free though but a search of my hard drive came up empty.
    If there was a free one out there, it would be on my hard drive!:twisted:

    Russell
  2. rlwhitt

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    FYI, I hid the link to download this model in the first post of this thread. :grin:
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    Yes, I know about that one, FYI, I am talking about the yellow and black version. :twisted:

    Russell
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    Last Wing Bit

    Ok, back to it then. The last bit of wing work is to put on the fairings. I have to say this is one of my least favorite things to do. I imagine this is also a designers nightmare, getting these parts anywhere near right. This one is pretty good, but unless you're superbuilder, they never seem to come out as good as some of the other bits!

    And yes, I took the picture of the best side! :grin:

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    Landing Gear

    On to the legs! I decided to tackle the part of this plane I've been dreading the most next, those wheel covering up thingies. What's the real name - Pants? Spats? Anyway here are the parts.

    For these parts and the cowl parts I thought since the inside was partially visible, I needed color inside. So I created a PDF page that had a dark gray on the back, as you can see here.

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    Here are the bits rolled and/or glued into shape, ready for piecing together.

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    And the completed assemblies.

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    Landing gear strut parts

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    The laminated parts make up the framework:

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    Getting ready to put the skin around the legs, I see that the "ribs" are too long. Had to trim them down a bit.

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    Sort of like building a "Little Wing" (any Clapton fans out there? ;) ):

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    Struts stuck onto the Pants/Spats/Thingies:

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    Lower fairing parts glued on, and upper ones prepared. I imagine there are several ways to approach this, I decided to tack the back ends of the upper fairings together first and slip them on. I then put some glue on the upper part of the strut and slid the fairings up to the right position.

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    Then we glue the whole mess to the bottom of the wing:

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    I think the next step here would be to put the rigging lines on the wing/landing gear/fuselage, but I need to wait to let those legs dry completely. So off to the wheels. Here the parts are rough cut. I did not like how tight these wheels were going to fit width wise, so I'm only going to use (2) 22a parts instead of 3. I also noted that they are too big in diameter to fit into the wheel pants, so a lot of sanding is coming up.

    These will be laminated and pressed, ready for sanding. So these too need a good drying. Good place to call it a night.

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    Very nice build. I like your pictures.
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    Thanks! It helps to have a camera with a good macro mode and some good light to go with it!

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    Yes, this helps but you have to know how to use that. I know I'm an photo entusiast :wink:

    The same with the model. A lot of persons can download the model but only some persons can do a very good job as you is doing.

    Keep the pictures coming !!!

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    Alcides
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    I am probably wrong, as I usually am, but I'll throw it out here anyway. I think those things that cover the wheels are called "boots".
    Someone please jump in and slap me down if I'm wrong.:oops:

    That was a real nice touch coloring the back of the parts, it sure does help with the overall visual appeal. This has always been one of my favorite specimens and you are certainly doing her justice with your superior building skills.

    She is looking mighty sweet in your capable hands! Very nice workmanship!:wink:

    Russell
  20. GT5500

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    I have always known them as spats
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