Lego Air Racer (60144)

Whilst not quite a Gee Bee, I picked up this Lego Air Racer to go along with the theme.

Lego Air Racer (60144)

Judging by the pylons on the box art it’s more like a Red Bull Air Race plane.

Lego Air Racer (60144) box art

Lego Air Racer (60144) back of box

Overall, I’m not that impressed by the model (and not only because it’s not really a candidate for a Gee Bee conversion).  The Pictures on the box are about the only angles that make it look good 🙁

Lego Gee Bee fuselage rebuild

Spent some time today re-working the fuselage of the stock Aviation Adventures kit to make it look more like a Gee Bee Model R.

At this point I’m working entirely with the parts that came with the kit, I’ve not delved into my bits box, so whilst some of the colours aren’t ideal I’m happy with the overall shape I’ve achieved.

Lego Gee Bee

Lego Gee Bee

It’s now recognisable as having the characteristic shape of a Gee Bee racer but the wings are much too big – tackling them will be the next task on this build.

Aviation Adventures – Lego 3 in 1 Creator 31011

Setting up for my next Lego project, something that could have rolled out of Granville Brothers former dance hall in Springfield.  Ideally I’d like to get as close to a Model R as possible but it’s not an easy shape to reproduce in Lego.

For the starting point I’ve used an off-the-shelf kit, Aviation Adventures which has a plane as the featured build.  With the big rotary engine and the rounded wings it’s got two elements that are a key part of the Gee Bee designs.

Lego Creator 31011 plane

Lego Creator 31011 plane

There are some nice features of the model that I won’t be retaining, first is when you slide the tail wheel backwards and forwards it works a bi-directional gear assembly that turns the propeller.  It’s nice but it’s going to be to restrictive to retain.

Lego Creator 31011 unidirectional gear assembly

The other is the retractable undercarriage, again a nicely implemented feature but the Gee Bees had fixed, spatted, undercarriage and housing it makes the wing more restrictive.

Lego Creator 31011 retractable undercarriage