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Feb 10, 2011, 05:39 PM
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1/2A Q-Tee Lee Renaud design 1976

I built two of these great little Lee Renaud designed Q-Tee’s (RCM magazine plan 1976) about 30 years ago and enjoyed them very much.

If I recall the wingspan is 36” (flat bottom airfoil) and this little bird can thermal for a long time after the engines quits on a good day.

They were both powered by Cox .049 engines a Black Widow and a Golden Bee.

The one flew away (a friend asked if he could fly the model and he forgot to turn the Rx switch on. As we watched the model slowly become a speck in the sky and then disappear completely, I received a “scolding” for having trimmed the model so well.

The other I still have and intend to restore it and convert it to electric power.
I highly recommend anyone who is thinking of this size model to give it a try he will not be disappointed.
Lee really did fantastic designs.

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Feb 10, 2011, 10:26 PM
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Cool. Great older pictures. I love the Tx you got there. I believe it to be a gold box Futaba. I have one myself, practically new, in new condition and still holds a charge. Love the older stuff.
Feb 11, 2011, 01:10 AM
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groovy shades!
Feb 11, 2011, 01:38 PM
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Groovy, now there’s a 70’s term.

Don’t knock the shades.

30 years later (and thirty kilograms heavier)

I am still wearing exactly the same style shades (some habits are hard to kick)

Oh yes and at some point during that time I decided to dye my hair a more fashionable grey color.

Feb 11, 2011, 01:43 PM
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new 222 I also enjoy the older stuff and it all still works fine
The Tx in the photo is not the gold box it is and older version that is covered with a grainy beige vinyl.
I have the gold as well and quite a bunch of the older transmitters even an EK Logictrol.

Feb 11, 2011, 02:04 PM
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My first powered model was a Q-Tee. I still have the wings in my basement. I had a lot of fun flying that thing with a Cox Black Widow until the rod broke through the top of the piston. I really need to build a new one. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 11, 2011, 03:48 PM
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Love the Qtee. Just got back from flying my 2X sized version. (Yes it's electric so don't tell the E guys I posted here.)

My first plane 30 years ago was a Qtee. Many crashes and rebuilds with it but I had a blast. I still have the Black Widow from it. I have 3 Qtees in the garage as well has the 2X version still flying. You can see the thread here on them all. Not sure how long the thread will be there as it was thrown in the bit bucket but it is still accessible.

Feb 11, 2011, 04:03 PM
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Q tee

Anyone rekitting the Q TEE? hey flew great.
Feb 11, 2011, 11:10 PM
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As far as availability is concerned this is all I have seen but I don’t believe that they stock it anymore.

On the other hand you could simply scratch build from the plans which are still available from RCM who originally published it back in 1996. It is a very easy plane to build and would be a great experience for somebody doing it the first time.

Later (1978) there was also another version available that was more of a “hot flier” having done away with the parasol wing mounting.
Feb 12, 2011, 01:10 PM
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Q-tee has a laser cut short kit but no plans.

Feb 12, 2011, 03:09 PM
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My first successful RC airplane was a Q-tee with a Baby Bee. RS Sytems 3 channel radio.

The fuselage is still in my basement, not sure where the wings are, may be at my parents house.

Fun little plane.
Feb 12, 2011, 10:15 PM
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I built Thornburg's equivalent; he kitted it in the 70s, using his Jedelsky-type wing. Worked VERY well, built another recently, will try for a pic tomorrow...
Feb 12, 2011, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by TLyttle
I built Thornburg's equivalent; he kitted it in the 70s, using his Jedelsky-type wing. Worked VERY well, built another recently, will try for a pic tomorrow...
Were you referring to the Honker?
Feb 14, 2011, 12:24 PM
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I've built three. the first one in the 1970s was powered by a cox QRC engine. i taught myself to fly on it, and eventually built a replacement shoulder wing fuselage to replace the original.
I built another one in college in the 80s, and powered it with a cox black widow, with an exhaust restrictor throttle.
Finally, i bought a laser cut kit from aerosphere and built one two years ago that is still fly, with a 400xt motor and 3s lipo. It performs better than the cox-powered ones, and i even had fun flying it from water with foam floats!
Feb 14, 2011, 02:04 PM
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I've always liked the looks of the Q-Tee (it reminds me of a Pietenpol), but I've never understood its greater popularity vs. the simpler S-Tee.

They are basically the same design, but you have to build the cabane structure as well as a hatch for the Q-Tee. Access to the fuselage is a little more hassle too, with the cabane structure a bit in the way.

I think the Q-Tee came along first, which probably accounts for its greater popularity vs. the S-Tee. Also, I suppose the S-Tee looked a lot like many other designs such as the very popular and earlier Goldberg Jr. Falcon.

Maybe the S-Tee just didn't stand out from the crowd like the Q-Tee did.
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