Dumas Air Express 1/18″ scale as Roscoe Turner’s Gilmore Oil branded aircraft
More infill projects since my last article. This one is by Dumas Products. It is their kit #317 of the Lockheed Air Express. I decided while I was working on some of the Thompson Racing planes from the ’30’s that I wanted to build this version of the Air Express, as well as the Roscoe Turner flown Wedell-Williams Type-44 in the Gilmore livery. The project went together pretty well. I had to fabricate the wheel pants and also decided I wanted to be able to display the plane either with – or without – the cowling. I ended up building a scaled down 1/12″ Williams Brothers Wasp engine for the no cowl version, and detailing the vacuum-formed cowl molded in motor – then making them swappable. The Williams Wasp motor is attached with a magnet…once removed, the cowling with it’s built in motor can be slid onto the fuselage. Each has it’s own hand carved propeller.
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