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Rocketeer Gee Bee R-1 “Betty” [FINISHED]

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Rocketeer Gee Bee R-1 “Betty” [FINISHED]
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, January 16, 2015 10:06 AM

This will be a fictional version of the famous Gee Bee.  Normally it should be red & white, but I am doing it in the colors of the Gee Bee Z, black and yellow, but still following the scallop design of the R-1.

I found a Russ Heath drawing inspired by the Dave Stevens graphic novel and have drawn the Betty Page likeness and also will be making decals for the scallops :

I’m not making a replica of the Heath art, but I intend to keep the theme and overall look.

I started with the Williams Bros. 1/32 scale kit.  It’s a little rough, but then it’s from the mid ‘70’s.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, January 16, 2015 2:21 PM

Here’s the Betty decal I made.  I went with fishnets instead of silk stalking’s.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by dreamsinplastic on Friday, January 16, 2015 5:36 PM

I'm excited to follow this one!! I'm a BIG fan of "Golden Age" air racers and of course,Betty Page! She has got to be one of the most Sultry and Alluring Pin-ups of all time! With your extraordinary talent and skills,this is sure to be WINNER! Have Fun!!!

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, January 16, 2015 8:04 PM

The kit comes with plastic molded wheels/tires and these optional rubber tires and plastic rims.  I sanded the seam off the tires and did some minor re-engineering of the wheel pants and wheels with brass tubing so the wheels can be installed into them after they are painted.  The kit has the wheels being sandwiched between the pant halves.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:07 AM

The engine… 

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, January 17, 2015 6:07 PM

Base yellow, ready for the scallops…

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:28 PM

Great job so far!  I do wish someone would do a Gee Bee in 1/24, though - I'd be tempted to get a couple of them.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, January 18, 2015 1:00 PM

The pinstripes and black scallops are on it…

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:52 AM

The wheel pants are scalloped and pinstriped and ready for clear…

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 2:43 PM

I attached the canopy to the fuselage before doing the frames; it was easier to hold that way.

Frames done…

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 3:40 PM

Hello Betty!

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 9:59 PM

nice work. i think your changes to the decal are good.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, January 30, 2015 1:25 PM

Thanks!

 

I used a heavy foil tape for the blades and a mix of gray and aluminum powder for the hub.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:26 PM

The wheels are installed in the finished pants, and they roll great on the brass axles.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, January 31, 2015 5:48 PM

Cleared and ready for final polish/wax.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, February 01, 2015 11:27 AM

She’s up on her wheels…

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, February 01, 2015 1:37 PM

Engine and cowl are installed, time to add the rigging.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, February 01, 2015 3:01 PM

I used monofilament line for the rigging and hand painted it silver after threading it through the plane. It is done.

 

 

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Posted by Unkljune on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:33 PM

Nice job, interesting subject......... I like it

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Posted by 250gto on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 7:08 PM
I have wondered which version to buy. Maybe the Williams isn't worth the money? Nice vision of the build. U have a great eye.
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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:02 PM

Is there another manufacturer's kit of this?   It might be the only game in town.

As for worth the money.  When I bought the kit it was only about $10.00, maybe $12.00.  That was when mainstream model car kits (Revell/AMT etc.) were only about $5.00-$6.00

I'm not sure what they are going for now but if you take your time when you build it and are willing to deal with some extra work, I think they are worth it.  Realistically these kits are about the same work as a late 70's-mid 80's AMT car kit.

I plan to build two more.  A correct R1 (or 2) and a correct GeeBeeZ.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Westland, Michigan, USA
Posted by hack-n-whack on Thursday, July 07, 2016 2:15 PM

Lindberg (now a part of Round 2) lists a 1/32nd scale GeeBee kit. It has the red and white paint scheme on the cover. I got one at Hobby Lobby. Any well-stocked hobby shop should have them. They even come with some rigging wire! 

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Posted by TnT on Monday, September 05, 2016 11:16 AM

I am at a loss for words. I love graphic novels and the art work that goes with them. One helluva build. Truly a work of art. Beautiful  job.

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Posted by horsepower on Friday, October 28, 2016 7:34 PM

spencer1984

Great job so far!  I do wish someone would do a Gee Bee in 1/24, though - I'd be tempted to get a couple of them.

 

The Lindbergh release of the R-1 that's listed as 1/32 scale is more like 1/26 scale and is in production right now. I finally landed one and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the pattern on the wings that represented fabric covered wings has been corrected to show the plywood covered wings that are on the real versions, the original pattern is still on the inside surfaces of the wings and shows that Lindbergh/Round2 has done some work to correct the molds. I'm going to have a couple of 1932 autos on the display and with mine, I'm still looking for the picture that shows one being towed to the flight line by a roadster conversion to a pickup with the tailwheel supported in the back of the roadster/pickup.

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Posted by horsepower on Friday, October 28, 2016 8:04 PM

The Williams Brothers company went out of business quite a while ago, but just recently another company has started producing some of their molds as new kits with the Gee Bee R-1, R-2 being one of these. Williams Brothers had an excellent line of "Golden Age" racing planes of the thirties and I've been lucky enough to have almost all of them with duplicates of my favorite (the Gee Bee line), there are other versions of the Gee Bee, Testors has one that HAS been sold as 1/32, scale but it's actually a 1/48 scale and the more recent releases reflect this. If you are looking for any at swap meets this is the old Hawk release, and there's several different racing planes of the thirties in this series. There's also a Lindbergh release that is being released as a 1/32 scale but is actually between 1/25 & 1/26 scale. There's also a Williams Brothers Gee Bee Z, but I don't know if it's being reissued by the new company yet. If you want to build a flier there's everything from a peanut scale rubber powered one all the way up to a 1/3 scale radio control version that's powered by a genuine radial engine. (All it takes is money and desire.)

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Posted by ace-garageguy on Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:13 PM

horsepower

 

 
spencer1984

Great job so far!  I do wish someone would do a Gee Bee in 1/24, though - I'd be tempted to get a couple of them.

 

 

 

The Lindbergh release of the R-1 that's listed as 1/32 scale is more like 1/26 scale and is in production right now. I finally landed one and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the pattern on the wings that represented fabric covered wings has been corrected to show the plywood covered wings that are on the real versions, the original pattern is still on the inside surfaces of the wings and shows that Lindbergh/Round2 has done some work to correct the molds. I'm going to have a couple of 1932 autos on the display and with mine, I'm still looking for the picture that shows one being towed to the flight line by a roadster conversion to a pickup with the tailwheel supported in the back of the roadster/pickup.

 

Actually, the Lindberg kit was corrected with the wing ribs removed eons ago...long before R2 got in the game. I've used the kit as a backdrop for 1/25 scale models occasionally. The one in the background here is the earlier version though.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, November 05, 2016 7:26 AM
Thanks for the update, I'll have to check that out!
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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 5:03 PM

Williams Bros is not out of business, it just changed owers.  In fact I just finished drawing the decal art and placement instructions for the reworked re-release of the Gamma a few months ago.

 

horsepower

The Williams Brothers company went out of business quite a while ago, but just recently another company has started producing some of their molds as new kits with the Gee Bee R-1, R-2 being one of these. Williams Brothers had an excellent line of "Golden Age" racing planes of the thirties and I've been lucky enough to have almost all of them with duplicates of my favorite (the Gee Bee line), there are other versions of the Gee Bee, Testors has one that HAS been sold as 1/32, scale but it's actually a 1/48 scale and the more recent releases reflect this. If you are looking for any at swap meets this is the old Hawk release, and there's several different racing planes of the thirties in this series. There's also a Lindbergh release that is being released as a 1/32 scale but is actually between 1/25 & 1/26 scale. There's also a Williams Brothers Gee Bee Z, but I don't know if it's being reissued by the new company yet. If you want to build a flier there's everything from a peanut scale rubber powered one all the way up to a 1/3 scale radio control version that's powered by a genuine radial engine. (All it takes is money and desire.)

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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