Caudron Air Racer 1:32 Scale Wms Bros. Kit #32-460 Review

2013 May 31
by Doug

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Caudron Air Racer 1:32 Scale Wms Bros. Kit #32-460 Review

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The French Caudron firm was among the pioneer manufactures, dating back to circa 1910.  During World War One, they produced a series of military aircraft including trainers and twin engine “battle planes.” In 1933, Technical Director and Chief Engineer of Avions Caudron, Marcel Riffard conceived the slim monoplane racers which evolved into the types C.450 and C.460.  These machines participated very successfully in competition. The Caudron had the distinction of being the first aircraft to better the Thompson Trophy speed mark established by Jimmy Doolittle in the 1932 Gee Bee R-1.

For the Modeler: This is a Williams Brothers; 1:32 scale Caudron Air Racer 1:32 model kit #32-460. These beat American made kits are presently out of production but they are still easy to find at online auctions and garage sales. The kit features ~40 pieces molded in blue plastic, a clear canopy and a waterslide decal sheet, and instructions in English. Any of four different versions of the racer can be finished using different markings. Finished overall dimensions are; Length: 8.75″, Width: 4.26″. Top Speed = As long as it takes to fall from the bench to the floor. Engine = Front Cylinder only producing 0.0 hp. Prop = Fixed Pitch Free Spinning. Have fun and keep learning

Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; adhesive selections and applications; seam identification and repairs; paint selection and application; alternate assembly sequences; Scratch building an air scoop; how to open up the wing flaps, scoops, air cooler and exhaust ports for realism; building the version with retractable landing gear; using brass stock for a realistic pitot tube; adding realism to the canopy with floor polish and masking techniques; painting wood tones for floor boards; detailing and weathering the engine with a silver pencil and sandpaper; painting the polished parts with Alclad paints; detailing the cockpit; decal preparation and application; making the air coolers from foil; are all fully examined in this 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

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