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Old Jul 05, 2015, 09:09 AM
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Fan-Tastic Models Gee Bee

Finished this thanks to Woody on this forum for providing the instructions. I won this on auction and unfortunately it was missing the manual. Woody took the time to scan the instructions and email them to me. Not a difficult kit by any means but has some interesting build features that, for me, made the manual a necessity. Hoping to maiden within the next couple of days.
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Old Jul 06, 2015, 08:20 PM
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Glad to be of help.
Good luck with the maiden.

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Old Jul 09, 2015, 07:48 AM
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Great looking airplane! How did you finish it? I have an AT-6 kit that I need to build one of these days.
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Old Jul 09, 2015, 04:32 PM
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Great looking airplane! How did you finish it? I have an AT-6 kit that I need to build one of these days.
The finish was interesting to say the least. The kit included paper masks and the thought was to use double sided tape and attach it to the masks. Then cut the masks out and when you removed the other piece of backing from the tape, you'd have an adhesive mask for painting. (Hope that makes sense). I decided to go a different route and cut the masks. Then I sprayed the back of the masks with a spray adhesive. I let it dry until it was tacky and placed them on the model. So far so good. I sprayed it with a can of Tamiya red, doing the body, wings and wheel pants separately before they were glued together. When removing the masks, it left a bit of adhesive on the model. Not a big deal really, since it's easily removed with orange oil or WD40. However, after the paint dried, I noticed that it had gone hazy and flat in areas. So far, not so good. Guess I should wear my glasses more often because I grabbed polycarbonate spray by mistake. So anyway, I airbrushed on a couple light coats of microscale micro gloss after the paint dried for a couple days. Overall, it gave a nice shine to the red and the unpainted white foam areas.
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The finish was interesting to say the least. The kit included paper masks and the thought was to use double sided tape and attach it to the masks. Then cut the masks out and when you removed the other piece of backing from the tape, you'd have an adhesive mask for painting. (Hope that makes sense). I decided to go a different route and cut the masks. Then I sprayed the back of the masks with a spray adhesive. I let it dry until it was tacky and placed them on the model. So far so good. I sprayed it with a can of Tamiya red, doing the body, wings and wheel pants separately before they were glued together. When removing the masks, it left a bit of adhesive on the model. Not a big deal really, since it's easily removed with orange oil or WD40. However, after the paint dried, I noticed that it had gone hazy and flat in areas. So far, not so good. Guess I should wear my glasses more often because I grabbed polycarbonate spray by mistake. So anyway, I airbrushed on a couple light coats of microscale micro gloss after the paint dried for a couple days. Overall, it gave a nice shine to the red and the unpainted white foam areas.
Great effort! Sounds like it was worth the hassle though
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Old Jul 09, 2015, 06:28 PM
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It was definitely worth the effort. Haven't had a chance to maiden yet due to weather and work schedule but it really does look sharp for a fairly inexpensive foamy.
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Good luck with the maiden!!!

Btw, which motor/ESC/battery did you opt for?
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Good luck with the maiden!!!

Btw, which motor/ESC/battery did you opt for?
I actually went with the recommended power plant of the GWS set up. I had everything as spares. I did set it up though, so that if i find that it's not to my liking, I can pull stuff out without ripping the whole plane apart. I am using a 3s 1050 Mah lip and it appears to be spot on with CG. Seems to be plenty of power but been a long time since I used a brushed motor!
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Maidened the Gee Bee today. What a great flying little plane. Thought the brushed system would be weak but it really flew well. Took a little bit to get used to not having a rudder on the stick but it worked well. To save weight on this model both ailerons and rudder are controlled by one servo. Very happy with this one.
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Congrats on the maiden.

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it gave a nice shine to the red and the unpainted white foam areas.
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