**** DONE: 1/12 Art Chester Racer - From WW1 to WW2 GB

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  1. ccheese

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    #1 ccheese, Dec 5, 2012
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    1/12 Art Chester Racer - From WW1 to WW2 GB

    Username: ccheese
    Name: Charles
    Category: Non-Competing Judge
    Kit:: Rubber powered Balsa/Tissue model the Art Chester Racer (the "Jeep")
    Manufacture: Comet Model Airplane Co.
    Scale: 1/12
    Accessories: None, OOB

    Art Chester (1899–1949) was an American barnstormer and air racer of the 1930s and 1940s. Chester was instrumental in the development of the Menasco Pirate and Buccaneer inverted inline engines. He was also the designer of the propeller spinner and engine front cowling for the North American P-51 fighter.

    In September 1930, Chester bought a Davis D-1-85 parasol, and flew it to victory in the National Air Races. He later developed a series of successful air racers named after Popeye cartoon characters. His designs were the Chester Jeep, Chester Goon, and Chester Sweet Pea. Chester's "Jeep" became a formidable racer.

    The Chester Jeep aka the Chester Special #1 was an air racer built by Art Chester for the 1932 National Air Races. The aircraft once held the world's speed record for aircraft at 237 mph (381 km/h).

    The only changes I see, to the plans, is the fabrication of solid balsa wing tips, and modifications to the wheels and wheel pants. The kit wheels are made of solid hard wood, I will replace these with rubber wheels.

    FWIW, The Comet Model Airplane Co. went out of business about 1987

    Charles
     

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    #2 Vic Balshaw, Dec 5, 2012
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    You said you were going to do it, Charles and here it is. An interesting looking machine, all muscle up front, it'll be an interesting build.
     
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    did the stylist go on to work for volvo ?

    thats one odd looking "crate" to coin a phrase, will be interesting to see it come together
     
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    An interesting kite, Pal. :thumbright:
     
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    Very cool, looking forward to this one!
     
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    nice choice Charles not heard of that one
     
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    This ones going to be Speedy :) Great choice Charles :)
     
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    Wow, an interesting subject and what looks to be a complicated build. Worthy of the master!
     
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    A bit difficult, but not overly complicated. Got the basic fuselage done, tonight. Pic's tomorrow.

    Charles
     
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    No Accessories............... you really gonna use them Wheels??????
    You got [email protected] mate! That's a real Job.
     
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    Another one Charles, good stuff mate!
     
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    Got a good portion of the fuselage done yesterday. This is the "old school" of construction, where you build a box type of fuselage, then add formers to the top, sides and bottom to get a round or oval shape. This is what Bill is looking at with the Comet Model Co. Bristol F2B. This 1/16" balsa is very fragile !

    Bill, if you're listening, I'd go with 3/32" balsa instead of 1/16". I'm going to use rubber wheels, and will modify the gear legs and wheel pants.

    Going to start the tail ass'y and the wings today.

    Charles
     

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    Quick work, excellent frame :D
     
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    very nice Charles
     
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    All the pieces....... fuselage, wings, rudder and stabilizer are finished. Got the solid balsa wingtips cut out, now they need to be shaped. The other stuff is ready for covering. Maybe later today.

    Charles
     

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    Looks great :)
     
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    Quick work! Do you build two sides then connect them with the formers?
     
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    Going well Pal.
     
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