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The record-setting 1930's speed demon comes to life as an agile aerobat!

If you are looking for a way to put the fun back into your Sunday flying, you just found it. The Gee Bee Profile is a nimble little profile hot-dogger that assembles in only a few hours and is easy on the budget. It does not require advanced building or flying skills—just a few hand tools and a little tail-dragger time. With its oversized control surfaces it turns, loops, and rolls in the blink of an eye, but the thick, high lift airfoil and light wing loading allow the plane to slow for gentle "spot landings". If equipped with an engine like the OS .40 LA, it's possible to be airborne in a matter of feet, zip through three rolls, loop on its own axis, then go into the "hover" mode while waiting for your buddies to get off the ground. What more can we say? The Gee Bee Profile maximizes fun for minimal cost and time.

  • Precisely fitting, die-cut parts allow for frame-up and covering to be completed in just a few days' time

  • The CAD-generated plans and photo-illustrated instructions are clear and easy to understand

  • Fuselage weight has been lightened to increase air speed and agility - dual aileron servos and oversized control surfaces deliver swift, sure response

  • Kit includes pushrods, aluminum landing gear and a generous package of quality Great Planes hardware, as well as authentic-looking emblems and lettering decals

The Great Planes Gee Bee Profile flies smoothly and predictably. It does not, however, possess the self-recovery characteristics of a primary R/C trainer and should be flown by pilots who have soloed and graduated beyond a basic trainer model. The Gee Bee Profile is capable of some radical maneuvers like tight knife-edge loops, inverted flat spins, hovering, and spot landing. All these maneuvers take lots of practice, so start at a high altitude and then bring them low to impress your friends.

Here are some hovering tips:
Hovering is a balance between rudder and elevator while utilizing enough power to keep the aircraft from descending. It is rather like balancing a broom handle on your fingertip. Use the elevator to control the pitch axis (like moving your finger fore and aft) and the rudder to control the yaw axis (like moving your finger left and right). The quicker you can give small inputs, the better. If the aircraft goes too far off to one side requiring a large input, you have waited too long and probably will not be able to save it. Larger corrections will require small inputs of throttle to give air blasts over the tail and thus increase tail authority.

One of the most common mistakes in trying to learn to hover is trying too hard to enter the maneuver. Learn to hover by starting with a perfect vertical line with the throttle ON. Then ease back the power very gently until the aircraft has just enough throttle to keep it from tail sliding. As you get more proficient, you will be able to enter with shorter and shorter vertical lines.

"There are mild planes, 'wild and crazy' planes and, from time to time, a plane like the Gee Bee Profile that can be both. Reduce the Gee Bee's control throws, and it's a perfect fit for a second-time pilot. Increase throws and add a hot .46, and you're ready to take center stage in hotdogger heaven."
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Don Anderson
Great Planes Model Manufacturing

Stock Number: GPMA0485
Wingspan: 44.5 in (1130 mm)
Wing Area: 618 in² (39.9 dm²)
Weight: 3.0-3.75 lb (1.36-1.70 kg)
Wing Loading: 13-14 oz/ft² (39-43 g/dm²)
Fuselage Length: 40 in (1015 mm)
Requires: 2-stroke .35-.46 cu in (5.7-7.5 cc) or 4-stroke .40-.52 cu in (6.5-8.5 cc) engine; 4-channel radio with 5 standard servos & 2 rolls of MonoKote
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Technical Data: control throws, center of gravity, etc.