stabilizer is built
in two halves
that fit together
rods. Each half
the foam that
embedded in the
fuselage for a
Each main landing gear leg fits into the
bottom of the wing and uses magnets to
attach the individual wheel pant halves to
each other around the wire landing gear
The most convenient use of magnets
is to attach the cowling to the fuselage.
There is no aligning the cowling or
drilling holes for fasteners. The magnets
snap the cowling into place and are
equipped to stay in place during flight.
Final rigging includes mounting your
receiver with the included double-sided
tape, your flight battery with Velcro
tabs and a Velcro strap, and securing the
rudder and elevator pushrods. Follow
the recommended control throws when
setting up your radio.
The Gee Bee is somewhat
short-coupled, so I also added
50% exponential on the
rudder and elevator to
smooth out the response.
I reduced the rudder
exponential to increase its
Only the optional flying
wires require gluing. I think
they make the design pop, but do
require that you keep the removable
main wing installed for transportation.
The wires are silver elastic cord that is
routed through preinstalled tubes in
the wings, wheel pants, and fuselage,
which makes them cosmetic and nonfunctional. Expect to spend roughly 30
minutes routing, gluing, and setting the
tension on this added scale feature.
One final step that isn’t in the
instruction manual, but I highly
recommend, is to add adhesive to the
plywood motor box and the joint where
the motor box attaches to the fuselage.
I found these areas lacking adequate
adhesive. For an easy fix, I soaked the
joints with thin CA, followed by a fillet
of medium CA to ensure a tight bond.
I have to admit being intimidated by
the little Gee Bee before the first flight.
Reading the stories about the full-scale
airplane, I expected it to be touchy.
The first takeoff required more rudder
than I had anticipated, but after some
trimming and a reduction in the rudder
exponential, it was tame.
Although roughly the size of a park
flyer, the Gee Bee does best on a paved
runway or firm, short grass. I’ve had
several nose-overs in longer grass and
have found the airframe to be durable.
One nose-in broke the propeller and
dented the motor mount, but was easily
In flight, you’ll be hard-pressed to find
a better Scale park flyer-size airplane. It
is comfortable ripping by on race passes
and up on a wingtip in the turns. Follow
the recommended throws because the
model has a high cube loading and will
The stock brushless motor is premounted
on the ;rewall box and proved to be an
excellent match for the model.
Le;: The Gee Bee’s
cowling is held in
place with magnets.
works perfectly and
access to the ;rewall
Right: Mounting the removable horizontal
stabilizer and elevator assembly is as easy
as snapping it into place on the fuselage.
Magnets hold the assembly tight.
The servos are preinstalled and require only ;nal adjustments. Note the
quality hardware and the recessed servo installation that preserves the
Gee Bee’s scale looks.
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60 Model Aviation NOVEMBER 2012