Choroszy Modelbud's 1/72
scale resin jewell
Heath “Baby Bullet”
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Edward Bayard Heath was
born in New York state in 1888. In 1913 he founded E.B. Heath Aerial
Vehicle Company in Chicago, starting without capital, but with a lot of
enthusiasm. He constructed several types of light aircraft: low- and
high-wing, biplanes, gliders and floatplanes, some of them built even
today by amateurs.
He founded also a flying
school for future pilots of his aircraft.
He succeeded in air races
too. In 1928 with designer Claire Linstead, he constructed the
diminutive race plane “Baby Bullet”, aka “Bluebird”.
Designed especially for
five feet tall, and weighting only hundred ten pounds Ed Heath, having
only 18'6" span, and 14'9" length, powered with 32 hp Bristol Cherub
engine and handcrafted propeller, it won every race it entered,
including the National Air Races held in Los Angeles.
Its 150 MPH top speed with
only a 32 hp engine is unequaled to this day.
Newer and bigger versions
of this aircraft succeeded for next three years.
Ed Heath himself was
killed on February 1, 1931 in sudden crash of an experimental aircraft.
The Choroszy Modelbud
resin kit is very well designed (including complete cockpit interior and
engine), finely moulded without pinholes, and builds without putty.
The only modification I
made was open cockpit hatch, added seatbelts and tailskid.
The butt-joined and very
delicate undercarriage needed much care, but once rigged, it was
My model was painted with
Alclad II Polished Aluminium and Tamiya Flat Silver paints.
Circles made by polishing
were imitated on engine and cockpit covers, using pencil lead. Shading
was made also with pencil lead.
Decals are superb, very
thin, and good reacting to Agama Tensol. No silvering, although settled
on matt surface.
I can wholeheartedly
recommend this kit.
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