1931 Gee Bee Model Z – 21in wingspan (2 Sheets)


The Gee Bee Model Z Super Sportster was built by the Granville Brothers specifically to enter and win the unlimited Thompson Trophy race at the 1931 National Air Races in Cleveland.  It introduced the classic Gee Bee  teardrop streamlining and is one of the most recognizable Golden Age Air Racers of all time.

This model was designed and built in 1995 by Tom Nallen around the time he was filming “Those Incredible Gee Bees”.  It has competed in Flying Aces Club Thompson Trophy mass launch events over the years and the model still exists, often displayed when “The Gee Bee Story” slideshow is presented.   The Z is not a beginner’s model airplane.  Construction, while straightforward, is somewhat complex.  The full template set included on the plan sheets simplifies model construction and finishing.  Flight trimming can be challenging, but the end result is a rewarding and realistic flying scale model.  Several Gee Bee Z models have won FAC Thompson Trophy events at local Flying Aces Club meets.

Qualifies to fly in FAC Scale, the FAC Thompson Trophy Mass Launch and FAC Golden Age Monoplane  events.


Designed by noted Free Flight sport and scale model airplane designer Tom Nallen2, this black and white plan includes full-sized top, side and front views of all components such that they can be built directly over the plan.  Stick and sheet balsa stock dimensions are indicated on the plan and all sheet balsa parts are printed full-size for use as templates in cutting out accurate parts to construct the model framework.  This is an Advanced level model to build and fly and is a good follow-on to a low-wing, former and crutch-built fuselage rubber powered free flight scale model.

Model construction plan fits on two Architectural D (24 x 36 inches)  sheets.  Plan download or print options available.

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