Author Topic: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling  (Read 2097 times)

Offline Tophe

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Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« on: February 19, 2018, 01:59:29 AM »
My MiG-3 vacform is not finished but I am already starting the next one (from my mother gift for my birthday, December 27th). From 2 Gee-Bees, I will make one double plane, deserving better the code Z for Zwilling.

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018, 02:02:53 AM »
This is a A-model 1/72, injected plastic.
A racer would have a single pilot, 2 engines, 2 spats only and maybe only 2 tailplanes, but mine will not be a racer, just fantasy: 2 cockpit, a single asymmetric engine, 4 spats...

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2018, 02:57:22 AM »
This one looks like it's going to be fun to watch.

The Gee Bee is perfect for "the treatment" and I'm looking forward to seeing how your turns out!

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2018, 05:26:51 PM »

the GeeBee has a distinct look, good candidate for a z-ification  ;)

Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2018, 06:20:23 PM »
Tophe, I'm looking forward to the Gee-Bee-Zee-Bee, should be great
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Offline Antonio Sobral

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2018, 05:20:45 PM »
Already love the concept. Just waiting for the pics :)

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2018, 05:33:36 AM »
Cool idea, one to watch.
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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2018, 12:08:34 PM »
Thanks for your comments. Alas I am ill and the model workbench is in the cold part of my home, the build is delayed, sorry. ???

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2018, 12:41:11 AM »
Great idea Tophe, can't wait to see something coming up!

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2018, 04:23:49 PM »
Thanks!
Fortunately, the computer is in the warm part of my home, and even if I have not yet access to the workbench, I can dream of the project (with my Photopaint software):
1/ The possible zwilling racer that would win:
« Last Edit: February 24, 2018, 04:27:29 PM by Tophe »

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2018, 04:25:03 PM »
2/ The crazy model I plan to build, asymmetric:

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2018, 03:58:41 AM »
2/ The crazy model I plan to build, asymmetric:

 :smiley:
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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2018, 01:24:50 PM »
Thanks!

Well, a few hours without coughing (I thought I was cured, before it starts again...), and sun light a little (like a warm summer day...), I took the opportunity to spend almost one hour on the workbench, and the project went on:

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2018, 01:26:34 PM »
PS. The project is now a biplane (or sesquiplane), with asymmetric tail: half-T.

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2018, 01:05:46 AM »
The port fuselage is taking shape, after the first sanding:

But lots of putty/sanding/repeat remains to be done, probably...

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2018, 04:44:15 AM »
This is looking very good, like a GB should!  ;)

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2018, 01:48:40 AM »
Thanks!
Close to completion...
(This will be a biplane, explaining the rear position of the cockpits)

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2018, 09:08:52 AM »
Wow is that coming along nicely mon ami!

Those contra-props are a wonderful touch too.

Oh and my what lovely spats you have there!
 :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2018, 06:01:40 PM »
Thanks!
Now the asymmetric sesquiplane is almost finished (minus the best part: spats!)

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2018, 02:58:39 AM »
You certainly have an eye for the "best parts" mon ami!

I really like that T tail and the sesquiplane layout makes me think of some of those Russian designs.

Thanks for the update. It looks like you're in the home-stretch, Tophe!

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2018, 04:29:45 AM »
 :smiley:

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2018, 12:42:37 AM »
Thanks!
And while Beethoven's symphony was playing Pom-pom Pom-pom, my model is singing Spats-spats spats-Spats!:

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2018, 01:52:25 AM »
I really like that song your model is singing mon ami!

My what lovely spats you have there! And four of them!
 :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2018, 12:32:22 AM »
Thanks!
Now the model (to be painted) is standing on all its legs! In French, we say this is "pants" landing gear (spats), is this the same in English?

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2018, 12:34:21 AM »
After taking the photograph above, I have started the paint work, of course:

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2018, 09:51:19 PM »
Wow is this ever coming together nicely, mon ami!

I really like the color you used on the under side.

In English, at least the U.S. version, spats cover both the tear-drop shaped variety and the "pants" or trousered type, like on a Northrop Gamma.

I hope this helps and it looks like you're very close to finishing up yet another delightful marvel!

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2018, 06:41:28 PM »
Thanks a lot (for forgiving my bad skills)
Ahem, during colouring one quarter of the wings broke and this is currently under repair...

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2018, 10:38:38 PM »
Your perseverance inspires me, Tophe!

I think this might be one of my favorites of yours yet. Wonder why?

This could be an opportunity to putty over some of those gaps in the nose unless of course, they're intended or you've run out of putty.

It'll be a treat to see this one fly across the finish line!

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #28 on: March 11, 2018, 01:56:18 AM »
Thanks a lot!
The model is finished now (even if this angle does not feature the spats, sorry):

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2018, 01:59:40 AM »
Another angle is better to see the spats (but not the multiple tail):

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2018, 02:04:42 AM »
I have the 4 angles that I want as acceptable, I don't care of the underside, I tell my family "don't touch, very fragile" so no fear that it will be turned in all directions to see the defaults... (in the 1990s, I was seeking for perfection, never finishing anything...).

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #31 on: March 11, 2018, 02:40:30 AM »
If you're well pleased that's what matters, Tophe! I am delighted with the result!

Looks great and I really like how the overall color sets off those tinted canopies as well as the unique layout.

Oh and those lovely spats, all four of them!
 :-* :-* :-* :-*
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« Last Edit: March 11, 2018, 06:23:12 AM by Brian da Basher »

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #32 on: March 11, 2018, 05:07:00 AM »

lots of spats indeed !  :smiley:

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #33 on: March 11, 2018, 04:55:43 PM »
Thanks!

It was not well shown on the views before, but there are wheels/tyres Inside these spats, look at the picture below.
I don't know why the flash creates grey reflects, this is not awful painting (I have checked and this is all sky blue visually - except tyres)

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #34 on: March 11, 2018, 06:27:44 PM »
"Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up!"

And what a lovely close-uo that is indeed!
 :-* :-*
Thank you for the bonus shot, Tophe.

I agree, the way things photograph sometimes mystifies me as well.

Such a delightful model, mon ami!

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Re: Gee-Bee Z-zwilling
« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2018, 01:49:16 AM »
Thanks! :smiley:
And do you know what is the technical justification of those 4 spats? ???
Uh? The answer is: fantasy! ;)

PS. I have 2 sets of decals, that I will not use, is someone interested? interested ones could send me a PM, I will send them for free (this is better than throwing in the garbage can) :smiley:. But I cannot go to the post office this week, I could send next week.