1/72 Crosby Cr-4, 1938

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by rockpaperscissor, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. I thought I'd share a few photos of my recent build of the Crosby Cr-4 racing airplane by Fiddler's Green. To make it more accurate, I added a bubble canopy made of card painted with acrylics, and brushed on a few thick coats of clear gloss to give it a glassy look. It also received a tail skid, pitot tube, and a fuel tank vent. The Cr-4 was ahead of it's time, featuring a streamlined all aluminum fuselage, retracting landing gear, and a bubble canopy. It was a small airplane, and in 1/72 scale it measures a mere 2 11/16 inches from wingtip to wingtip.

    I mounted the finished model on a woodgrained cardstock base, covered with a patch of static grass to represent the primitive airfields in use at the time.

    It was a fun, trouble free build, and I've ordered quite a few others in the Fiddler's Green stable of '30s racers, so my Crosby won't be lonely for long :D

    Pictures aren't the best.





  2. inky

    inky Member

    Stunning!!! You did a remarkable job, can't wait to see the others.
  3. barrie

    barrie New Member

    You did a great job there ... well done.
  4. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Wow!! That has to be one of the cleanest tint builds I have seen! You have this mastered, I really look forward to seeing your fleet air wing grow in size. Wonderful!!
  5. barrie

    barrie New Member

    Great job ... wish I could be that neat.
  6. Thank you all for your kind comments. Many of these early racers are really small when shrunk down to 1/72. I have several models going at the same time right now, one of which is the Wittman Bonzo racer from Daisey Designs. The build was held up for a bit while I was looking for just the right material to make the wing strut cables from. I finally settled on .010" steel guitar string. I'll be restarting the model over the next week or so and will post pictures when it's all done. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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