Recently, I met a few guys who fly free flight models off the water in Southern Vermont. They spoke of 2 minute flights with rubber powered models on floats. One of them, Jim Woolnough, had developed a spring loaded pivoting float that enabled his rubber models to ROW consistently at less than max winds.
While the Gee Bee’s were setting speed records around the pylons, the Puss Moth was setting transcontinental long-distance records
Featuring Press Release photos from the Len Wieczorek collection
The Great Depression started in the U.S. with the market crash in October, 1929 and the economic impact was felt around the world. Despite this, aviation technology advanced by leaps and bounds. The D.H. 80A Puss Moth was part of that revolution in the sky.
Hi all, it’s a new year. Hope your 2021 is going well so far.
Things slowed down a bit over the holidays, but our modelers have finished their Miles M.18 models and they’re ready to fly. In this update, we’ll touch on details, final assembly, noseplug assembly and specifications. This will be our last build update.
Tissue covering & markings, Cowling and Landing Gear installation – we’re closing in on finishing this model!
Well, it’s been about a month since we’ve started building our 24inch wingspan Miles M.18 rubber powered flying scale models. Already, we’ve got a couple of ships nearly ready for that first test glide.
Our modelers continue to improvise a bit as they go, and as always it’s interesting to watch this play out.
Wing construction, Fuselage construction Part 2 and the first Trial Assembly
Another two weeks have passed (4 weeks total) and the builders are making good progress. All three are experienced modelers and are making minor modifications from the plan as they proceed. Such is the attraction of scratch building – the builder has the freedom to inject their own preferences into the build.
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It’s been two weeks since we announced this online build and we’ve got 3 folks building the 24in wingspan Miles M.18 Mk2 free flight rubber scale model. Two modelers are on the East Coast and one in the Pacific Northwest. All have completed the tail framework, one has constructed the wing and two have made solid progress on fuselage construction. We’ll share some to-date pics along with some of the techniques employed so far.
We’ll document this Build in a series of photo essay posts.
Join the Miles M.18 Build!
Join the start-to-finish Build of the Tom Nallen-designed Miles M.18 Mk2 rubber powered free flight scale model.
This relatively simple FAC Scale model will make a nice addition to your fleet. The model can also be flown in the FAC Low Wing Military Trainer event if finished in the appropriate color scheme.
We’ll document this Build in a series of photo essay style posts to the Aeromodelling blog on thegeebee.com. Why not build one along with the group and share your questions, tips and techniques, in the comment stream on the posts? We can all learn from each other.
A Vermont modeler’s experience flying free flight rubber models off the water
I have always been interested in the many aspects of model airplane aviation. Last year I was talking to some modeling friends who were recalling days of flying rubber powered, Mylar covered planes off of water. My friends called it ROW/LOW (rise off water/ land on water), or ROLO for short. I realized this was something I would like to try.
Four of the top ten finishers in the 1930 Cirrus All American Derby were Great Lakes Trainers
Great Lakes Trainer – Gee Bee Competitor Extraordinaire
In a recent post Mystery of the Gee Bee X, we told the story of the last flight of the Gee Bee X in September, 1931 in Brattleboro, VT. A year before, the Model X and its pilot Lowell Bayles won 2nd place among 18 entries in the 1930 All-America Derby, a coast-to-coast, city-to-city reliability tour of 6,553 miles for Cirrus engine powered aircraft.
A photo essay with commentary on the Gee Bee R-1 build, plus a test flight video. This Gee Bee flies!
The R-1 has been on my Free-Flight (FF) build list for years. It is such an icon for aviation buffs- with its winning history and dramatic color scheme. As this ship moved up my build list, I began to reacquaint myself with the airplane and its history.
“One problem which needed to be licked was the fact that both ships…would float when close to the ground”
Zantford Granville’s Double-Hinged Flap
Did you know Zantford Granville was among the first, if not the first in the U.S. to patent a flap system to control aircraft airspeed and increase lift, especially while landing? And Zantford, or Grannie as he was called, didn’t even have a formal high school education.
A short photo essay with commentary on the Q.E.D. wing rebuild
I recall the anticipation of the first test glides of my Gee Bee Q.E.D. model more than 20yrs ago in the back yard of our first house. In the time between then and now, this model – I know, it’s not really a Gee Bee (see post) – has been flown hard in fair weather and poor, placing in its share of contests and even winning a few. And I must admit to a crash or two along the way.
The International Sportster appealed to her (Cochran), but she specified that it be fitted with the Curtiss engine
The Gee Bee International Sportster and GMD Q.E.D.
Our last story told of the final flight of the Gee Bee Model X in 1931. Today, we fast-forward beyond the turbulent years of 1932 and 1933 where the Granvilles reach the pinnacle of glory only to fall into an abyss of misfortune culminating in the liquidation of the Granville Brothers Aircraft Company in September 1933.