Gee Bee R-1 Racer 1:32 Scale Wms Bros. #32511 Kit Review

2013 February 12
by Doug

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Gee Bee R-1 Racer 1:32 Scale Williams Bros. #32511 Kit Review

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The Gee Bees, perhaps the best-known of all “Golden Age” American racing aircraft, were produced by the five Granville Brothers, from which the name “Gee Bee” was derived. Beginning in 1929 with biplanes, the Granvilles soon turned to construction of low-wing sport aircraft, with a sideline excursion into a canard experimental machine.  Competition types were the next step, and as the result of early successes, work began during early spring of 1932 on the R-1 and R-2 racers, which were structurally quite similar, and the R-1 was ready by August!  A Pratt & Whitney Wasp Sr. engine of approximately 800 horsepower, and targeted for the closed loop course racing, powered the R-1.

For the Modeler: This Williams Brothers Model Products kit consists of ~70 highly detailed plastic pieces molded in grey and one clear canopy piece. The radial engine is multi-piece construction for added details. The fuselage features recessed panel lines and the kit comes with colorful waterslide decals for two versions and well-Illustrated instructions. Size: Length: 6-5/8″ (168.27mm) & Wingspan: 9-1/4″ (234.95mm).

Covered in this Review: Basic construction; glue, paint and material selections; seam, sink and pin mark identification and repairs; prop finishing with Alclad; engine detail colors and black washes; using brass tubing for pushrods; detailing the exhaust stacks; copper spark plug wire augmentation for detail; detailing the cockpit with wood grain, Alclad, and accent paint; wheel/tire paint selection; paint masking techniques for finish; canopy floor polish treatment; clamping methods; using frisket film for masking; decal preparation and application with setting solutions; and detailed rigging instructions; are all fully examined in this 20 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

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