Unfortunately I have to put the Gee Bee on temporary hold. A friend contacted me to put together a model of Betty Jane for a shadow box display of her husbands flight we did couple years ago. I gave her a list and she sent me a Tamiya B with all the bells and whistles. I planned on doing one of these for myself at some point so this will serve as a template. Tom Cleaver built a really nice version that is posted here on the Mustang channel as well.
Charles McCorkle was in the 31st FG during WWII, both his Spitfire and Mustang were named Betty Jane, Betty being his wife and Jane being his daughter. I had the pleasure of meeting Jane in Texas a number of years ago. When Collings acquired BJ we had no idea Charles was still with us, and unfortunately passed before we knew or could arrange a meeting. The Hickory Aviation Museum is caretaker of his archives and artifacts. Among the collection are his logbooks, one of his A-11 helmets, his military ID and many photos. Charles flew P-12’s during the 30’s and noted it was one of his favorite airplanes.
I’ve got the build moving along pretty good since it has to be done by Christmas. I’m trying to put at least 3 hours a day in to it with the photo etch and resin consuming much of the time. Once the cockpit is completed it will move much faster. I’ve got 3 shades of metalizer paint and the idea is to build it up as the military airplane, not the Collings TP-51C. I’m going to attempt to pull out all the stops on this one and really do it right. I have some issues with the eduard photo etch but overall it will provide a really nice illusion and fill out the cockpit nice. I’m using the Air Corps Aviation ‘build’ of Lopes Hope as a reference. Posting here is good motivation 🙂
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