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Gee Bee Model R . This aircraft had a very peculiar design. A teardrop-shaped fuselage would have lower drag than a straight-tapered one, so the fuselage was wider than the engine at its widest point (at the wing attachment point). The cockpit was located very far aft, just in front of the vertical stabilizer, in order to give the racing pilot better vision while making crowded pylon turns. In addition, it turned out that the fuselage acted as an airfoil, just like the 'lifting-body' designs of the 1960s. This allowed the aircraft to make tight "knife-edge" turns without losing altitude. It was, in effect, a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engine with wings and a tail on it. This Lego model features realistic designs that reflect that of a real Gee Bee aircraft. Although this MOC was never considered "complete" as it's missing some parts I didn't find, I still consider this to be on of the best, and most realistic aircraft I've made. Hope you enjoy! .


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