X-41 Toucan is a "what-if" model based on the old 1/48 scale Gee Bee
kit we've all been avoiding for years. The use of such an aircraft would
probably be for high-mobility defense of bases with lille room for aircraft
storage. Mostly, I just always thought a Gee Bee would make a great jet.
the locations for the original Gee Bee paint (including a pair of dice on the
side of the fuselage) were cast right into the model, and had to be filled.
Model required three or four nights and several pots of coffee to complete.
Yep.. the last one is a pic of me. Other than being a model geek, I also spend several weekends a year working renaissance fairs up and down the West coast.
Photos and text © by Dave McGowan