Getting the details and a good finish could be hard
May 26, 2015
Seems to be a typical Williams Brothers model. The plastic is heavy gray with clean casting and lots of detail. There can be heavy flashing but this easily removed with a hobby knife. The instructions are more like that of a balsa stick kit. One side has wonderful information on the subject and written assembly steps. The other side is hodge podge of full sized top, bottom, and side diagrams and assemble diagrams. Complete and detailed decals are included. The kit has parts build a large or small engine version. Much time can be spent on the details of this kit like the rigging and bracing. Also much work is needed to make the fuselage halves, wings to fuselage, engine cowl, and wheel pants fit without a seam. The cockpit and engine are nicely detailed but this detail is not visible once the canopy and cowl are installed.
The instruction say to glue the cowl halves together around the completed engine. Mine didn't fit. I had to grind the inside of the cowl and outside of the engine so the cowl halves would fit.
If I was to build this kit again I would forgo the details and focus nice exterior finish. Before paint I would assemble the plane into 3 main parts, fuselage (with wings, elevator, and cockpit), wheel pants (very little of the tire is exposed), and cowl (with engine inside). Fill and finish to remove seams, mask tires, cockpit, and engine before painting. This approach will make rigging near impossible.
I recommend kit if you are looking for detail. If you are looking for quick build and are more interested in the paint work, then maybe check out some other Gee Bee kits. No pilot or chewed bubble gum (see movie The Rocketeer) is included in the kit. Enjoy.
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