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Title: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on January 10, 2019, 04:13:01 PM
I received two Dumas kits at Christmas this year!!!  I'm going to build the Gee Bee Z first.  This will be my first build from a kit since I got back into the hobby several years ago.  I'm sure I'll make many modifications along the way, but it will be nice to have a jump start on cutting out pieces.

I've opened the kit up and I have done a quick look through.  The wood and laser cutting look very nice.  I've haven't seen all the wood at one time in many years and it's a lot!!  When scratch building, I'm always just grabbing wood from my supply as needed.  It was fun to see.

The decals will be nice.  The plans and tissue comes folded  >:(   I wish they were rolled.  I have the plans with me at work today to make copies before I start building.  I'll keep the original plans as a master.

The vacuum formed parts are nice, but I don't think I'll use them.  I like an 'all wood' build.  That's just me.  I do like the plastic wheels.  Nice and light and fit together surprisingly well.

The canopy is horrible.  I think I've read that before about Dumas kit canopies.  It's heavy and not at all clear.  I'll make my own plug and vacuum form my own.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: Glenn (gravitywell) Reach on January 10, 2019, 04:25:47 PM
Hi there.  Just a quick note about making copies of kit canopies or other plastic parts.  Go to Michaels (or other craft/art store and buy a packet of art plaster.  Its used for carving, etc.  Its very cheap and sets up very quickly!  Just pore it into the part you wish to duplicate, clean it up as required and pull your plug.  Simple, fast and reusable.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: vtdiy on January 10, 2019, 05:59:09 PM
Great models!

I have that same GBZ kit -- bought years ago, but never built, I'll definitely be watching with interest!

ps. If you do pour plaster of Paris into a molded plastic part, you might want to put a thin wipe of Vaseline on first as a mold release. Plaster of Paris expands on curing very slightly, and I once had a part lock in so tight, that I had to cut it off. Plaster of Paris can also be found at good hardware stores. I use it a lot in metal casting.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on January 10, 2019, 06:32:44 PM
Great ideas, thanks.  It sounds so much easier than hand carving a whole new plug.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: ZK-AUD on January 10, 2019, 07:03:40 PM
I have that kit as well and have looked at it a couple of times.  Generally the wood is a good quality but the design has a lot of wood in it for the wing area.  I wouldn't be shy about ditching any strip that felt heavy or engineering in some more lightness!


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: vtdiy on January 10, 2019, 08:05:55 PM
Hope this isn't too much information --just one more hint re. plaster of Paris...the way to measure and mix a small quantity is:

Use a tall container about twice the capacity of what you want to mold, for instance a disposable plastic cup. Add cold, not warm, water to the half way point. Use a teaspoon and spoon in plaster of Paris into the center of the cup. Not the edges. Don't stir. Keep adding PoP to the center until a little island appears above the surface in the center of the cup, and doesn't sink back down. That's the exact right amount of PoP powder you need. Now stir carefully trying not to introduce bubbles. Pour carefully into your greased mold, trying not to create bubbles. Tap the sides off your mold to dislodge any bubbles, and let it set. Plaster of Paris hardens quickly, but actually cures over a few days, so be careful with it at first. Hope that helps.



Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: Glenn (gravitywell) Reach on January 11, 2019, 02:09:32 AM
Please reread my post, it is not plaster of paris.  Its used by artists and cures via an exothermal reaction.  Not too hot that it melts the plastic and it does not expend or shrink.  Nor have I ever had it stick to the plastic.  Anyways....really looking forward to this build. ;D


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: vtdiy on January 11, 2019, 08:22:45 AM
I'm an artist, I use Plaster of Paris which is the traditional medium in bronze statuary casting, making maguettes, etc., it cures through exothermic reaction it doesn't normally stick to plastic itself, but can form lock due to expansion if the mold draft isn't sufficient, as does so called "artist's plaster", both expand a tiny amount which is why they pick up detail so well and produce an accurate replica. "Artists plaster" is only a generic term but is generally the same thing re-labeled at higher price. Either will work, and for a blown canopy, a simple wipe of Vaseline release probably isn't necessary, but always a good idea, cowls can be a bigger problem. Of course Just use whatever is most convenient to purchase, the results will be the same.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: mescal1 on January 11, 2019, 08:03:45 PM
I'm pretty sure your canopy has a plastic film covering it.  You should be able to peel it off and have a nice clear canopy!


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on January 14, 2019, 02:50:11 PM
Wow.  Laser cut parts are nice!!  :)  The kit is building very quickly and easily.  Everything fits so perfectly.  I don't think I enjoy the kit as much as scratch building, but it's fun and a nice change!!

I have the fuselage framed almost completely framed up and built the rudder and stabilizer last night.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on January 14, 2019, 02:52:27 PM
And, yes, the canopy did have a protective film on it.  It's all nice and clear, although still pretty thick and heavy for a canopy.   Thank you for info on this.  I still might make a new, lighter canopy.

Here a couple more shots of the progress.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: vtdiy on January 14, 2019, 03:20:01 PM
Wow that is coming along quickly. It loos like quite a strongly built model, too.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: fred on January 17, 2019, 08:09:25 PM
Seriously consider doubling or tripling the number of Fuse stringers. I did and it made a significant improvement on the realism of the model.
 The small weight gains have small effect as these GB's don't fly exceptionally well under gummy band power.. regardless.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on January 18, 2019, 01:15:13 PM
Thank you for the suggestion Fred.  I agree.  I just went and reviewed a bunch of photos of replicas.  Most have sheeting up front and more stringers at the rear as you suggest.  I'm thinking of using some 1/64th or 1/32nd sheet I have around the cowl and front.  Then adding stringers at the back.  Plus, the kit and plans show no brace wires/rods.  The plane had quite a few and is a strong design element the planes 'look', so I'm going to incorporate those.

I'm wavering back on forth on using the vacuum formed plastic parts.  It would be quicker to use them and it's what the kit intended, but I have an aversion against them deep in my soul.  I know I can knock out wheel pants, but I don't know about the large front cowl element.  I don't have a lathe - I use my drill and little belt sander for all my previous round parts - although they have all been much smaller i.e. spinners. 

I got the wings framed up last night.  I also noticed the kit/plans do not show or call for wing fillets.  These aren't easy, but again are such a strong element in the overall look, I'll probably add them.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: alset on January 18, 2019, 04:07:50 PM
The canopy is horrible.  I think I've read that before about Dumas kit canopies.  It's heavy and not at all clear.  I'll make my own plug and vacuum form my own.
My two Dumas kits had a thin sheet on the canopies that had to be peeled off. I thought the same thing about their canopies until I discovered this.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on January 22, 2019, 03:11:26 PM
I got a start on sheeting the front of the Gee Bee!  It went better than I expected.  I'm using 1/32nd sheet.  I also infilled the fuselage front and gave it a quick sand.  I think it will smooth out nicely.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: vtdiy on January 24, 2019, 07:25:37 PM
Love the look of this model, bgrove. Still following!


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on January 25, 2019, 01:12:10 PM
I've added some additional stringers to the fuselage and completed the 1/32 sheeting. 

Next up is looking at the landing gear, struts and wheel pants and deciding how I will proceed.  I like the basic design and how it's attached to the wing, so my modifications will be modest besides carving the wheel pants.

I'm also marking the locations for the support cables and adding attachment points where needed.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on January 28, 2019, 07:02:11 PM
I've decided to go the easy route and give the plastic parts a try.  The front cowl element turned out great.  The wheel pants are OK, very hard to get them them smooth - just needs more time.  I did use some fiberglass strips inside along the seam as recommended in the instructions. 

I'm still a bit baffled on how I will build the LG strut and mount the pants/wheels etc.    Also, I now see that the LG needs to be installed and the struts/wheel pants assembled in place.  This means covering the wings around them  :(

Brad


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: fred on January 28, 2019, 10:03:12 PM
I remember fitting wooden LG wire block.receptacles into mine .
The LG wires insert into drilled holes.
 Result being the LG is instantly removable at will.    Making Covering and Flying attempts..  possible  ;)


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: fred on January 30, 2019, 03:27:02 PM
Look here Useful info And inspiration ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBIP0uDIvic


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on February 04, 2019, 03:34:12 PM
Awesome link Fred.  Thanks.  Inspirational indeed and reminds me how much I still can learn and strive for.

I'm planning on using a printed photo of the Wasp motor in the front cowl.  I spun a small prop hub and will paint it greyish.

I'm going to have to break out my new airbrushes I bought last year to paint the plastic parts - I haven't used them yet.  I've thought about covering the plastic parts with tissue, but I would need to prime them a color that will make the yellow tissue match the other areas.  It's thin tissue and looks a different shade of yellow when the white plastic is underneath.  The black elements should be fine.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: fred on February 06, 2019, 12:26:19 PM
nice work   ;D
.. here's another link you might like,  although it IS built as a display Z
https://www.facebook.com/groups/356760111806521/


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on February 11, 2019, 05:56:28 PM
I finally made some progress this weekend.  I'm building the landing gear, fairings and wheel pants as a removable unit until I assemble the plane.  The belly section will ultimately force it to be glued into place, but until then I can work more easily shaping everything up. 

I'm contemplating covering the wheel pants with tissue so they will match the rest of the plane.  Otherwise, I'll have a shinny smooth, slightly off color look.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on February 15, 2019, 06:12:18 PM
Progress is very slow lately.... that darn 'work' keeps getting in the way  :)

I've got the LG fairings shaped up and the chin scope made.  I've also added the bracing wire connection point re-enforcements.

But I stuck on the wheels and wheel pants and how to make it work.  There is no way to get the landing gear wire into the pant and through the center of wheel now  :'(

I'm thinking of putting a cut down the side of the pant so the landing gear can poke out when getting the wire through the wheel.  Then gluing back together.  Or, do I cut off the cross axle completely and use the landing gear just to attach to the pant, then add some interior bracing and a separate axle?

Any ideas or suggestions?


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: John Webster on February 16, 2019, 03:55:10 AM
This might seem like a step backward but it creates an opportunity.

Split the pants along the original join line. Attach the inner pant to the landing gear wire using a former that fits the inside of the pant and the inside of the gear wire. A piece of light fiberglass cloth over the gear wire and former epoxied to the inside of the pant should secure it.

The opportunity here is to add a bulkhead to the inside of the pant where the flying wires will attach thus providing a better anchor point than the thin plastic. Cut the holes in the pants for the attach points. If you're using thread for the flying wires a couple of plastic or aluminum tubes sewed to the bulkhead should work.

Glue strips of the pant plastic to the inside of the pant that straddle the join line and bend them so the outer pant half slips on.

Add the wheels. Spacers may be needed to center them.

Glue the outer pant half on.

I've been following your build closely because I have the Dumas R1 kit lurking in my unbuilt shelf.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: fred on February 16, 2019, 01:29:39 PM
Interesting issue. Those pants are merely decorative shells.. not load bearing... which would eliminate any problem.
 Cut a small slot from the axle hole down on One side of the Pant ?
 Maybe.. this might allow the axle /wheel  to be wiggled into position?


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on February 25, 2019, 02:49:20 PM
I did glue some inserts inside the pants for axle and brace wire connection points.  Wow - I used and plastic model glue and it really did some 'melting' of the pants!!!  The damage should get covered over when I cover them.

I finally broke out my airbrush set up that I bought back in November and put it to use.  They work well once I reacquaint myself with airbrushing.

I painted the landing gear struts and wheel pants to a sort of wood tone.  I'm hoping that when I cover them with yellow tissue they will now match.  They aren't evenly sprayed, but I don't think it will matter after covering them.

I also sprayed the front removable cowl element.  It looks good, but it is flat black.  I bought some "gloss" and "satin" finish paint - or additive.  I'm not sure if I spray in on after or mix it with the paint - I'll do some research today and then probably make it gloss.

I'm about to start covering soon, and have been trying to address all those little internal details I always forget i.e. brace wire attachment points, proper tissue attachment surfaces, etc.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on March 14, 2019, 12:41:44 PM
It's been a while since my last post.  I'm now back from 8 days in Florida and I'm start to sneak in some time on the Gee Bee.

Here is my progress:  Front cowl covers, rudder and fin covered, landing gear covered, wheel pants covered (not shown).  Next up is wing and fuselage all in yellow.  Then I'll use the patterns supplied in the plans to cut the black trim and apply that over the yellow.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: ironmike on March 15, 2019, 10:28:41 AM
Nice work BG


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on March 19, 2019, 04:12:36 PM
Covering continues.  I have to say I'm not happy with the tissue supplied in the kit.  It's very fragile and extremely so when wet.  I've included a shot of a wing tip where the tissue just 'pulled apart' when attempting to work out wrinkles.  This has happened several times.  Also, the tissue came folder with hard creases  :(  Just not cool.  Fuselage is up next, then the black trim.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: flydean1 on March 19, 2019, 09:38:47 PM
Gave up on anything but Esaki tissue.  We spend too much time building these things to skimp on tissue. Even models not destined to contest work still deserve really good tissue.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: Red Buzzard on March 20, 2019, 11:41:58 AM
BG,

I can't comment on your kit tissue. It looks pretty lightweight to me.

When you give it another shot consider doing that tip in two pieces, one per rib bay. The taper is pretty fast and doing it moist, one section at a time, will give you a smoother result. Lay the top tissue on dry to get the inboard rib top profile right and then you won't have a big wobbly seam over the rib to trouble you later. Let the outboard edge fly and use it for tension, then cut it off clean when the tissue has dried. Then do the next bay the same letting the outboard edge (actually the tip outline) fly. When you lay the last piece of tissue on you can sometimes profit by cutting the tissue edge around the tip into several smaller pieces, radially, using them as handles to gently tug out wrinkles. Gently is the operative word as the small pieces are pretty delicate.

Remember to secure all edges before proceeding to the next piece or you will just introduce tension wrinkles in the bay you just finished. A cup of coffee between pieces is not out of order!

RB


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: fred on March 20, 2019, 11:06:34 PM
Consider this: https://www.mybinding.com/laminating/laminating-film/thermal-film/soft-touch.html
Yess Lifetime supply quantity (share it?)
Weight is between Esaki and silkspan. BUT it's an Iron on covering film and dead easy to do a V good covering job.
 Gasp! step into the 21st century ?
 Very user friendly No more wrinkles , tears , or punctures ..paint sticks to it Well .
Bungle an application? (unlikely) but simply peel it off ...sans any balsa damages whatsoever


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: vtdiy on March 21, 2019, 09:11:15 AM
I stepped into the 21st century quite awhile back with earlier laminating films (for R/C) and the weight is going to be a LOT more than Esaki. You are starting out heavier even with 1.4 mil, and then unless you want a transparent finish, you are going to have to apply paint, and enough paint tomake it opaque.

While with tissue you can use colored tissue, and that's it. You don't have to dope it, at least on indoor models. Even if you dope it, it will be quite a bit lighter than painted lam film. If you opaque paint over colored tissue, it already has the base color to start with and you need much less paint to complete. Even white tissue will require less paint for light colors like yellow or red than lam film will -- in fact it will need a coat of white as an undercoat for those colors.

I'm not knocking lam film, or even the super-duper easily paintable high cost version promoted nowadays. It has its uses for painted models that can stand the extra weight -- particularly R/C models. But it is not a replacement for everything the 20th century worked out for many FF modeling purposes.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on March 22, 2019, 01:32:48 PM
The laminating film looks interesting, but I think I would only use it on larger planes that can handle the weight.

I did take a big leap last night and started to cover the fuselage.  My goal is to use as few pieces as possible.  I got one piece to cover the top and 1/2 down each side with OK results.  I'm putting the black tissue over the front which will help cover some of my 'issues'.  I also got my wing tip fixed  :)


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: Red Buzzard on March 22, 2019, 10:54:21 PM
BG,

Nice job on that tip. Put a towel over the rest of the wing and give those two tip bays a light water spritz. I think you'll be surprised. Your fuselage looks good, too. A little spritz and you'll be a master. Include your areas where you have tissue on the wood and a wrinkle trapped in there. The tissue will shrink in amazing ways and will smooth-out wrinkles in areas of wood.

RB


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: cast_off_vortex on March 24, 2019, 07:55:06 AM
Very cool build. 8) Covering looks very nice.

I never realized how cramped the cockpit of the GB racers were - your photos show that very well. You can see in the beginning of this clip that Lowell Bayles climbs in and then the canopy and cockpit cover (one piece) are placed over him and latched down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO6FK_FBxBU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO6FK_FBxBU)


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on March 25, 2019, 02:18:19 PM
Thanks for the link to the clip.  Yes, that is a very small cockpit.  In the clip I believe you can see he had a catastrophic left wing failure.  You can see it break away.

I have the plane all covered now and I've shrunk the tissue up with a 10:1 Eze Dope mixture, two times.  It smoothed out pretty well with only a few problem areas.  Next up is too cut and attach the black trim.  The kit comes with a nice full sheet of templates for the black tissue which is nice.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: flydean1 on March 25, 2019, 11:12:44 PM
The reason for the wing failure is they had installed an engine with about 50% more power than original.  Granvilles repeatedly told  him to not do it.  Wing went into flutter then parted company with the fuselage.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: mescal1 on March 26, 2019, 09:04:03 PM
The Gee Bee Y had the wing flutter with the larger engine, flown by Florence Kingsmith when it crashed.  The Gee Bee Z's gas cap came loose during a record attempt breaking the windshield and hitting the pilot, Lowell Bayles, in the face.  The Gee Bee Z went up and into a snap roll causing the wing to break off.  (Per "The Gee Bee Racers", by Mendenhall and Murphy.)  The Granvilles were ok with the Z motor upgrade but against the Y's upgrade.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: mescal1 on March 26, 2019, 09:11:31 PM
(I do realize that this happened 90 years ago and while I may sound confident about what happened, I am aware that we don't even know what happened in crashes a few years ago.  So at this point, it's all a guess and which author we want to believe.)
Mike


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: flydean1 on March 26, 2019, 10:39:02 PM
Now you mention, I do recall the gas cap.  It was discovered many years later by frame-by-frame analysis of the film.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on March 28, 2019, 06:56:47 PM
I have to say I'm excited about getting this build finished up.  It just seems to be spending too long on my build board.

But..... it is coming together nicely.  I very pleased with how the black trim went on.  Very little issues besides one piece that shredded in while smoothing it out and few wrinkles here and there (but most of us have some of those now  :))

Wheel pants are up next along with attaching the front cowl.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: OZPAF on March 28, 2019, 09:19:32 PM
Very striking Brian - that black is very err Black :)
Nice covering.

John


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: THB on March 29, 2019, 04:35:40 AM
Nice machine - have you seen 'The Rocketeer' ?
(Someone has probably already mentioned this along the way - but a good GB film)
cheers
Tim


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on April 01, 2019, 02:06:11 PM
Tim, yes.  Rocketeer is the ultimate Gee Bee movie  :)

Wheel pant trim almost completed last night  :)  The main trim is done, I just have to trim the wheel openings and 'tighten' things up.  I'm pleased with the supplied pattern in the kit - it worked well.  I also mounted the fuselage front section to the main fuselage.

Next up is to do some 're-bending' of the landing gear so I can use it to mount to the interior balsa sheeting on the insides of the pants (that's what caused the deformation on the side - I used plastic glue and melted the pvc).


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on April 03, 2019, 03:04:01 PM
I mounting the landing gear into the wing and cut/bent the wire to mount inside the wheel pant.  Also glued the engine photo and hub block into the front cowl.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: Pete Fardell on April 03, 2019, 03:32:17 PM
This is looking great. Lovely job on the black trim tissue.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on April 04, 2019, 02:48:15 PM
Last night when I got home from work I finally put my pants on!!  ha   :)


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: fred on April 07, 2019, 10:18:41 PM
Ahhh didn't realise that ..Dumb-Ass did That ! 
The wing Dihedral.. the flat piece in the middle... for Zero actual reason/need. 
Mebe no one will notice ?
Regardless.. simply additional reinforcement / reason as to  why I won't go near their offerings.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on April 08, 2019, 02:39:51 PM
I'm using the supplied decals that came with the kit.  They are vinyl, kind of thick, shinny and heavy, but they give a big visual impact quickly and are soooo easy.  I don't know if I'd use them again, but I am trying to build the kit fairly close to how the kit intends.

I mounted the wing to the fuselage, added the bottom fill piece, tail skid and added the chin scope.

It's looking like a Gee Bee Z  :)


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on April 09, 2019, 12:46:29 PM
Almost done  :)  Just need to attach and trim out the canopy.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: Pete Fardell on April 09, 2019, 02:37:04 PM
Very very nice job! Am sorely tempted by this kit now, but doubt I could do it the justice you have.


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: OZPAF on April 09, 2019, 09:31:07 PM
Brian you've excelled yourself on this one.

John


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: ZK-AUD on April 09, 2019, 11:32:10 PM
That looks real mean!  I have this kit at home that someone gave me and I looked at it and went yeah nah!

You've got me halfway there - now tell me whether it flies!


Title: Re: Gee Bee Z - Dumas kit build
Post by: bgrove on April 10, 2019, 02:32:40 PM
Thank you all for the kind words  :)  This is my first laser cut kit and the build went very smoothly and it was such a luxury to have perfectly precut pieces  :)  I still prefer scratch building, but this was a fun change of pace.

I mounted the canopy last night and trimmed it using black electrical tape - not my first choice, but since the decals are vinyl it seemed OK.

I'm guessing weight is ~105 grams plus.  It's large enough to be difficult to weigh.  I got a 104 gram reading prior to adding the canopy.  I'm guessing it will fly much like the real Gee Bee Z - fine with ample power - but coming down will be tough  :(

Nothing left to do now but to take some final finished photos for my Hanger page.