Gee Bee Air Racer 1:32 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #70561 Review

2013 October 30
by Doug

RoR Step-by-Step Review 20131030* 
Gee Bee Air Racer 1:32 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #70561 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 canard experimental machines.  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. Although Broadman was scheduled to pilot the R-1 in the National Air Races, he was injured in another aircraft, and temporarily put out of action.  Thus, Jimmy Doolittle took over, and proceeded to capture the worlds speed record, with an average of 296.287 miles per hour.  Soon afterward, he won the Thompson Trophy Race over a closed course.

For the Modeler: This is the Lindberg Gee Bee Air Racer in 1:32 Scale, Model Kit #70561. This skill level 2 kit includes 30+ parts, molded in white plastic and a clear plastic canopy. These models are readily available at online retailers and larger hobby stores and are made in the USA. This kit features a pilot figure, detailed cockpit, moveable ailerons, elevators and rudder. It has a detailed engine and colorful waterslide decals. Easy to build and affordable this is a good kit for the novice builder. Have fun and keep learning!

Covered in this Review: Basic construction; glue, paint and material selections; seam identification and repairs; prop finishing; engine detail colors and applying highlights; detailing the cockpit; wheel/tire paint selection; paint masking techniques for finish; dihedral setting methods; finishing the pilot figure; using Future Floor Polish as a sealer; clamping methods; altered assembly sequence tips for better finishing; decal preparation and application with setting solutions; and detailed rigging instructions; and expanded information on the real aircraft are all fully examined in this 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.


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