Showcased MODEL Airplanes

December 2021 / January 2022

Gary Hodson’s Gee Bee Racer Model D No-cal

Ienjoy No-Cal models because they look like 3 dimensional scale planes when in flight but are easier to build and are lighter so they potentially fly longer. They are limited to a 16″ Max. wingspan which is a good size for indoor flying.

The FAC No-Cal rules do not specify a minimum weight. This helps indoor free flight enthusiasts learn an essential indoor building skill. Your 1st No-Cal does not have to be ultra light, just carefully built.  

I built the Gee Bee Model D from a 3 view drawing I found in a book on air racing planes. When scaling the wings to 16″ span, imagine the fuselage has no width. After pre-shrinking white tissue paper I printed the paint scheme onto the tissue with an inkjet printer & attached it to the air frame with glue stick. 

The finished model with prop weights 2.49 grams, not including the rubber motor.

Here is a link to a web page titled #TheThrillOfSpeed – The Gee Bee Model R.

Gary Hodson

Here’s Gary with his Gee Be Racer Model D No-cal at the December 11, 2021 Indoor Flying Session

Here are the files Gary used for reference to build his Gee Bee Racer Model D.

Gee-Bee-Model-Da.pdf
Gee-Bee-Model-Da.pdf

Editor’s Additional Notes:

Gary’s best flight time for his Gee Bee No-cal was 3 minutes 50 seconds at the Dec 11th, 2021 Indoor Flying Session. Not Bad !!!! 😀

Visit our web page Indoor Flying Sessions for the next date we fly At Osowatomie KS.

November 2021

Paul Morgenroth, III brought this delicate but very flight worthy indoor model to the October 9th 2021 Flying Session and had this to say:

“It’s called the Guardian and it was built for the  Romanian Max category. The motor stick has been braced with a tensioned strip of floss because the rubber pulls so hard. 18″ prop, 3/16″ rubber. A 24×11″ wing will replace the current 24×9″ you see here. It needs all the area it can get, and frankly the wing wasn’t stiff enough either. I’ve used 1/8×1/16 for the leading edge, if not both spars. Perhaps harder balsa works too. I used 7lb balsa.”

Paul is always on the lookout to better his models through all of these but not limited to these methods:

Analyzing and coming up with solutions, advice from others, research, using different approaches, trying different materials and last but not least, there’s always trial and error. 🙂

His goal like any competitor is to better his flight time. Good luck Paul, and see you at the next Indoor Flying Session.

Paul Morgenroth, III brought this delicate but very flight worthy indoor model to the October 9th 2021 Flying Session and had this to say:

“It’s called the Guardian and it was built for the  Romanian Max category. The motor stick has been braced with a tensioned strip of floss because the rubber pulls so hard. 18″ prop, 3/16″ rubber. A 24×11″ wing will replace the current 24×9″ you see here. It needs all the area it can get, and frankly the wing wasn’t stiff enough either. I’ve used 1/8×1/16 for the leading edge, if not both spars. Perhaps harder balsa works too. I used 7lb balsa.”

Paul is always on the lookout to better his models through all of these but not limited to these methods:

Analyzing and coming up with solutions, advice from others, research, using different approaches, trying different materials and last but not least, there’s always trial and error. 🙂

His goal like any competitor is to better his flight time. Good luck Paul, and see you at the next Indoor Flying Session.