(Contributed - by Drew Davis - 03/01/02)
The Geminee is a two-part boosted glider with laser-cut wings.
Components: Two 3" body tubes, two balsa fuselages, four balsa wings
(two per glider) each with two fins and elevators at each end. The motor goes
in the rear of the glider. Since the two gliders break apart at ejection, there
is no need for a shock cord. The balsa nose cone is glued into the front
glider. Clay is included to balance the glider without the nose cone.
PRO: The laser-cut fins were very easy to separate and build with, because
they were perfectly cut and fit together like a jigsaw puzzle at the base.
There were a lot of illustrations, which made the directions easier to follow.
A marking guide makes the tube marking easier.
Things to be careful about: Don't cut out the little diamonds marked on the
wings -- these are for balancing the gliders. It was hard to get the wings,
fins and elevators just right, but my dad helped.
It looks good without painting, so we didn't bother.
out of 5
We flew it three times, twice on a 1/2A3-2T, and once on an A3-4T. There's no
parachute, so no wadding. The two gliders separate on ejection. The 1/2A
flights were neat -- both gliders flew well after a straight (but quick) launch
. You do have to pay attention to both gliders -- you need a friend (like my
dad) to follow the other glider.
The one flight on the A3-4T was disastrous. It fell apart into five pieces
(not just two like normal). The engine appeared to work ok, even with the
normal ejection after 4 seconds. Maybe it's strong enough for the A engine.
The glider recovery works great, at least with the 1/2A engine.
out of 5
PROS: Cool flights, pretty easy to build. Gliders are fun. It's neat how it
breaks into two gliders.
CONS: Might not be strong enough for an A engine, but that's just from one
out of 5