This model is the result of years of painstaking research. Although this is a sport scale model the
outlines are very accurate and were taken from old photographs of the full scale plane. Details like the
correct number and spacing of the fuselage stringers has been used. The model has been simplified in
two areas for quick construction; the wing incorporates strip ailerons and the wing fillets have been
modified to allow easier building. The correct scale details of these areas are shown on the plan if you
wish to build your plane to accurate scale detail. The plan also shows the correct placement of all
numbers and decals, as well as many other scale details. Flight performance is excellent. Top speed
with the Saito .56 4 stroke is approximately 70 mph.
The problem faced by anyone who designs a Gee Bee is how to build the thing light enough for good
slow speed performance. My design is much lighter than any other Gee Bee I have been able to find.
Note the 24 oz. wing loading. As a result the slow speed performance is unlike any account of model
Gee Bee flying I have read. High speed performance is very smooth and hands off stable! Slow speed
flight performance is gentle and predictable. The plane does not stall and recover... it just "mushes".
Because the wing incorporates washout, it will not tip stall. Knife edge is accomplished with virtually no
aileron correction and very little rudder input. Roll rate is very realistic at the recommended throws.
Landing requires a long low approach - and a three point touch down. I recommend test flying the
plane on a day with a good breeze blowing down the runway. This will reduce the ground speed,
"lengthen" the runway, and keep good airflow over the tail. Most people think Gee Bees will be difficult
to fly because they are short coupled. Nobody seems to worry about flying wing models though. Flying
wings are so short coupled that they have no horizontal stabs at all! Actually Gee Bees are not as short
coupled as most people think. The "fat" fuselage gives the illusion of a short tail moment.
Weight 5 1/2 to 6 lbs.
Wing area 550 sq. in.(24 oz. /sq./ft)
Engine .46 2 stroke to .56 4 stroke
Feed the power in slowly and hold a touch of right rudder and lots of up elevator. Do not try to run up on
the mains… the engine's thrust tries to pull the nose down and you will probably do a high speed flip.
Take off in a "3 point” attitude and you won’t have this problem. Hold some up elevator as the plane lifts
off and flys out.
Low speed flight:
Contrary to popular belief, this is an aerodynamically sound design. Stall tests of the prototype show it
to be almost stall proof. It just does a right hand circle, and doesn't sink much while it is doing it. You
might want to read the specs again - what we have here is a floater. One small "bug" I have found is
thrust will pull the nose down if you throttle up suddenly at minimum airspeed, as in a "go around."
High speed flight:
With the Saito .56 it goes about 80 mph. Vertical is very good. If you put it in a banked turn, it will stay
there longer than any plane I have ever flown. It is extremely neutral. There is no twitchiness of any kind
- a very realistic performer.
On the very first flight I did a huge loop, axial rolls, knife-edge, a stall turn, and a split s. Ailerons are a
bit tame at the throws indicated - about one roll in 1.5 seconds, but if you want to change direction, it will
bank and yank with amazing speed! (It is, after all, a pylon racer.) No aileron correction is required for
I found it a challenge not to overshoot the runway in zero wind conditions. Speed does not bleed off in a
hurry. This plane lands long, low and flat. I always land in a 3 point attitude. I have been unable to
grease it in on the mains. Maybe it could be done on pavement.