From early years drawing on paper with an Engineer’s rule and No. 2 pencil, to later years with a computer and CAD software
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Model Aircraft Design
We (Tom Nallen’s) have been designing model airplane plans for nearly 50 years. From early years drawing on paper with an Engineer’s rule and No. 2 pencil, to later years with a computer and CAD software, model aircraft design has been a constant. It continues today, and while Tom Sr. has sadly passed, Tom2 will carry forward.
For us, aviation history, scale modeling, and design are equal parts in a creative process. By making our work available, we hope to help others discover this rewarding form of creative expression and consider designing plans of their own.
A little about the plans on The Gee Bee.com website. You may notice that some of them are available elsewhere on the Internet free. This is true – those plans were originally published in various newsletters and then posted to the Internet. We’ve included some of these plans to offer a complete design series – Gee Bee and related aircraft, for example. We will not offer any Nallen designs that are currently for sale by other vendors.
We hope to continue to publish construction plans in modeling newsletters and magazines, although few magazines today publish traditional “stick and tissue” designs (topic of a future post). Many of the plans offered on thegeebee.com are large format and not easily published in newsletters which prefer to include full-sized printed plans in 11 x 17 inch format.
Digital Plan Downloads
We are particularly excited about the PDF plan download option for Nallen plans on thegeebee.com. With a lower price, no shipping charges and immediate delivery anywhere in the world, we’re figuring many customers will choose this option. In addition, PDF plan files are much more efficiently stored and the digital plan can be scaled up or down at the time of printing to meet specific needs – smaller versions to be flown indoors or on smaller fields, for example. Adjustments may be required for structural components specified on the plan, but this usually manageable. As the digital plan download option is reasonably priced, we ask customers NOT to share the file with others. Please refer them to www.thegeebee.com so they can purchase their own download. More information can be found in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the website.