Hall’s Bulldog Air Racer 1:32 Scale Wms Bros Kit #32532 Review

2013 May 10
by Doug

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Hall’s Bulldog Air Racer 1:32 Scale Williams Brothers Kit #32532 Review
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 Robert L. Hall joined the Granville Brothers in 1929 and was highly influential in several of their designs, including many of the Gee Bee aircraft. Hall left the group later and started a Springfield Aviation Corporation to design his own aircraft.  His second design was a small single place, gull winged airplane to fly in the 1932 Cleveland National Air Races and the Thompson Race.  The Gull wing feature of the “Bulldog” became a problem in directional control stability, and several modifications were needed.  In qualifying, for the Thompson Trophy Race, the Bulldog turned a good speed of 243.717 mph.  But, in the race, with a brief top speed of 270 mph, only a disappointing 251.57 was achieved, landing it in 6th place.  Given a bit more time to work out the bugs, the Bulldog would probably have been a top contender.  Considered the most beautiful racer of all time, it certainly made enough of an impact to earn its place in the history of aviation!

For the Modeler: This is a Williams Brother’s 1/32nd scale Hall’s Bulldog Air Racer model kit #32532. The kit consists of ~66 parts molded in grey, and one clear canopy with waterslide decals. Finished dimensions are; Wing Span = 9.75”, Length = 7.13”; Top Speed = As long as it takes to fall from the bench to the floor; Engine = Williams Brothers 0.0 hp; Prop = Fixed Pitch Free Spinning. While the kit is pretty easy to build this is more for the intermediate level modeler due to the paint scheme and intricate decals. Keep learning and have fun.

Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build, basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; making the canopy brighter with floor polish; using damp paper paint templates; using Alclad for metal surfaces; paint and adhesive selections and applications; detailing the cockpit; detailing and black washing the engine; identifying and dealing with seams and sinks; masking and finishing the canopy;  painting and masking techniques; scratch building vents for realism; replacing the pushrod  tubes with brass; using Black-It for detailing brass parts; modifying the engine for fit; scratch building plug wires; using decal setting solutions for realism; decal application procedures; small part handling made easy; correct interior colors; clamping techniques; rebuilding seams; using floor polish to seal decals; undercarriage detailing, are all fully examined in this extensive 27 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

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