A 1st for HobbyKing® ™, a traditional builders kit! This is the same model as the HobbyKing® ™ Mini-3D GeeBee ARF, which once built, offers a combination of an ultra thick wing and huge control surfaces for excellent 3D performance. This kit offers easy assembly and a laser cut parts, so not like the old days of cutting out ribs and formers, making it an ideal choice for the ARF/RTF generation to get all nostalgic and scratch build a plane again, without a large time or financial commitment, get building on those windy days!
Built correctly the GeeBee is almost as light as a foam shockie, but should be tough enough to stand a few knocks, not to mention being more resistant to hangar rash, especially as you want to keep your custom scheme pristine! They always say that there is nothing more satisfying than watching your scratch built model take to the air....now is your chance to experience it!
Wing Span: 600mm
Flying Weight: 210g
4 Channel (throttle, aileron, rudder, elevator)
Your own 4 Channel RX/TX
1500kv Micro Outrunner
3 x 5g Micro Servo
2s 800mAh Lipoly
Lightweight Covering Film of your choice
This thing is a lot of fun. The instructions aren't great, but that's kind of expected of a scratch build in this price range.This airplane lazercuts are not all the way through. So I had to use my scroll saw to cut plane out. Why did I buy a kit if I had to cut it out?Kit arrived in UK just before christmas well packaged and undamaged, However the long stripwood parts were missing. I decided to complete model using my own strip parts. When reported to Hobbyking they made it so awkward to supply the info they required that I had to give up. Its a poor reflection on H.king and staff. If I was trying to be dishonest I would have claimed more than just the strips.Great kit, only Issue I had was the manual calls for the fusealge to be built upside down. The vertical fin is on the wrong side of the fuse in the pictures.1. The laser cut is not all the way through in some places.
2. Laser cut is smaller than the peice that fits into the openings meaning you need to do a trial fit up an a lot of trimming. Still better than die stamped, but could be a lot better.
3. Warped wood included so you will spend time straightening peices.Kit is a complete kit. I used the item PRODUCT ID: NS12415x10 and PRODUCT ID: MH23146-4 for making the linkages. 2xHXT500 servos for elevator and rudder, 1xHXT900 for aileron. Some trimming needed for 9gr servo placing. Made the landing gear with 3mm carbon rods and PRODUCT ID: OR006-00601. Used PRODUCT ID: Tz12A as ESC and HXM2730-1300 as motor. Also there is a big mistake in the manual when placing the F part on the A part. Do not stick these parts according to the manual because in the manual F part is sticked under the A part, not over it! Thank you HK.I found someone (BoingK @ RCgroups) who has built this:
Seems you need:
4 x horns
A 9g servo in the wing instead of the 5g
4 x Pushrods
some Hinges or Tape
Battery strap (for fixing the battery)
According to BoingK @ RC groups:
"C20 motor fits well once you trim the fibreglass base"
"400g of thrust with an 8 inch prop on 2-cell"
"weight 220g or so ready to fly"Kit arrived well packaged and undamaged. Total weight including balsa sheets, instructions and clear plastic bag is 184g. The balsa is of uniformly grained, good quality wood. Instructions have pictures as well as text and are very easy to follow, they also specifically recommend the C20 motor, 8x4 props and a 2s 800mAh lipo.
I will post pictures and video of fully assembled kit upon completion.
I give this kit 5 stars, but shipping was expensive. This could be avoided if they stocked in local warehouses (USA, Europe, Australia etc). To help get better value from the shipping I bundled servos, ESC, motor, props, covering film and control horns with it. This worked out well and I would recommend it to others.
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