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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« on: October 24, 2022, 01:28:29 AM »
Hi everyone,
I'm starting to assemble this kit:


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

to make the Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon”


Source: http://www.pilotspost.co.za

A brief history:

Built by Art Chester in 1938, The Goon, (Chester named his planes after characters in the Popeye comic strip) was the second plane built by Chester to compete in the National Air Races.
His first plane, The Jeep, was a successful racer, but by 1937 it did not have the speed to compete.
The Goon was a small streamlined racer that was built tightly around its small but powerful engine.
At the 1938 National Air Races, The Goon, piloted by Art Chester finished a close second in the Greve Trophy Race, but he was forced to drop out of that year’s Thompson Trophy Race because of mechanical problems.
Pleased with the performance of The Goon, Chester brought it to the 1939 National Air Races where he won the Greve Trophy setting a new record for the race at an average speed of 263.39 miles per hour.
The aircraft was used after the 1939 Air Races in a 20th Century film entitled “Tailspin.”
A red ring was added around the number 5 on the plane for the film.
Bought and sold by several different owners and modified over the years, The Goon was finally purchased by the Crawford Collection in 1991 and returned to Cleveland.


Source:Western Reserve Historical Society

If you are interested here a video about the 1939 Cleveland National Air Race

A quick look inside the box:


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Any further information or picture is welcome.

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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2022, 04:17:28 AM »
Love these early racers.  Most of them went thru several colour & marking schemes.  It would seem that the ring around the race number should be red not green for one race ?

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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2022, 06:55:18 AM »
Looks like a worthy challenge! Keep us posted.

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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2022, 04:28:36 PM »
Interiors assembled and painted
I have only one issue ... the pieces are difficult to manage cause the kit is extremely small and mine hands are too big...  ;D


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr


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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2022, 04:30:23 PM »
Love these early racers.  Most of them went thru several colour & marking schemes.  It would seem that the ring around the race number should be red not green for one race ?

You are right, but i'll not use the "ring" because wasn't used in the race but only for the movie

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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2022, 07:02:52 PM »
So, how deep is that assembly? ???

Looks to be about 15mm (+/-). Tiny! :-\
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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2022, 01:56:07 AM »
Kit assembled ...
I gave a first coat of primer to highlight the various imperfections ... cause the assembly was not without difficulties...


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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2022, 02:01:57 AM »
Puttying and re-engraving panels was a bit complicated for me by the size of the kit.
After various trials this color, which is a mix between H313 Yellow FS 33531 and H329 Yellow FS13538 (2:1), seems to me quite similar to the original.


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2022, 09:05:51 AM »
With the exception of the mid-wing lay-out, it looks very similar to a lot of the late-1930's European fighter designs. :smiley:
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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2022, 01:48:52 AM »
The kit before a little weathering ...
I'm not very satisfied but I tried to do my best ...


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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2022, 02:19:14 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2022, 12:23:17 PM »
I think it looks great! Fast little canary...

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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2022, 06:10:16 AM »
Looks great to me  :smiley:

As for weathering, these were kept very clean ... except for maybe a dribble of oil from the cowling ... unless they blew an engine >:D

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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2022, 04:40:09 PM »
"The Goon" ... in gallery


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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2022, 01:15:32 AM »
 :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Chester Special NX 93-Y “The Goon” - Dekno Models 1:72
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2022, 08:11:31 AM »
 8)
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."