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Williams Bros Gee Bee R1

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    December 2018
Williams Bros Gee Bee R1
Posted by Ted4321 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 1:57 PM

I wanted to share pictures of my Williams Brothers Gee Bee R1.  

The box: 

I learned quite a bit building this kit.  It's the 2nd or 3rd model I used an airbrush to paint (while building the R1 I built an egg-shaped Hughes 500 for the Silly Group Egg Model GB) so it took me a while to figure out the proper order of painting and masking.  I started building in February. 


The trickiest part was the black line between the red and white paint.  Other builds I came across on the internet used decal paper, talked about masking to make the black pinstripe, or brush painting by hand.  Another skipped it altogether.  My choice was to brush paint. If there's a next time, I will try masking.

I wish I had enough experience to give a reliable review of how the kit fit, but I really only have 2 other kits to compare it to.  That being said, the landing gear were a challenge to mate nicely to the wings and feel sturdy. They felt better after adding music wire rigging but I'm still afraid to look at it too hard. 

Overall, building the little plane was a lot of fun. Probably the most enjoyable step was pulling off the masks after painting the red sections of the plane. 

Thanks for looking. 

T e d


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    July 2008
Posted by Est.1961 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 3:00 PM

Lovely little plane Ted, good work with the black line. 

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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, September 1, 2019 6:35 AM

Looks great!


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, September 1, 2019 9:33 AM

She’s the bees knees Ted.  Nice job on the black pin striping. 


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, September 1, 2019 11:13 AM

Nicely done.  White is a bear to pull off well. 

Have their "Z" in the pile for something to do later.

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, September 1, 2019 4:24 PM

Absolute beauty! Your white did come out bright and glossy, makes the red stand out as well.

for pin striping i like 3M fine line tapes from the automotive paint line. No bleed through and no paint lift. If you decide to try tape next time give these a try.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list...NOT! Ha, added to it again - Viper MkVii, 1/32 THUD & F-15J plus a weekend madness build!

  • Member since
    December 2018
Posted by Ted4321 on Monday, September 2, 2019 12:22 PM

Thanks guys for the comments and suggestions. I'm sure tips/advice or techniques each of you had provided to me and others elsewhere on the forum were applied (or at least attempted to be applied) during this build.  So thanks for that too.

GH- when you build the Z, please share pictures! I'd love to see them. 

T e d

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, September 2, 2019 6:03 PM

Well done.  Those pin stripes are always a bear.


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