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Ol' Scrapiron

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  1. That spinner attachment set up does look unusual. Looking at your earlier sprues shot I see the spinner is in two pieces (base + forward spinner) ... How does the base piece go on over the "disks" in the built-in shaft? Odd.
  2. Up-Loads of "fun" ... but no progress So I thought I had beat the system. Rather than using a photo-hosting service (like Photobucket, etc.) I have always just used a sub-folder on my own business website to store the images. It takes up some server storage, which I am fine with, but the real downside was that when I migrated my site to a new server all the links in my previous builds suddenly wrecked and the dreaded "broken link" icon appeared instead of all those wonderful WIP shots of my B-17. I figured a better workaround would be to quickly make a facebook page (
  3. Tale of the Trail-ing antenna One of the oft-overlooked parts of the B-25 and other bombers is the trailing antenna. On the B-25J this stuck out the lower left fuselage in the waist area. You can see the "avacado on a stick" in my shot of B-25J Mitchell 44-30254 flying at Paine Field during an event hosted by the Flying Heritage Collection. Looking through my shots of all the B-25s I have photographed at air shows and museums, that Mitchell looks to be the only one that has the antenna installed (but I am shocked at how many times I neglected to shoot
  4. Waist guns mounted Knowing what passes for "fit" with the little windows around the nose of the Monogram B-17, I really like the way theB-25J is set up nicely to have the waist windows securely added from the outside. However, because I wanted to have the guns supported by a pair of belts I needed to get the plexi and the guns attached while the fuselage was still open. The belts/straps are just stretched sprue. I decided to give up on the idea of portraying the whole pulley system along the roof. The B-17 had four control wires running along each side of the spine... T
  5. No time to Waist With the time to close up the fuselage nearing I took a last look at the instructions to ensure nothing important got forgotten. What I discovered was that the fuselage was to be closed at the end of step 2 in the instructions ... and the waist guns/windows installed in step 4. I'm glad I looked because I want to depict the support cables (elastic straps) that run from the gun to pulleys on the ceiling and that certainly needs to be done before closing the fuselage. Here are the guns that will be installed there. I used some of the same stretched sprue
  6. Time to get Cranking I have to give credit to the original craftsman that made these molds for the detail they include -- some of it is amazing! One of the details that does bug me is the molded in hand cranks that are so subtle that I have to indicate them so they'll be visible in this pic. I had been reluctant to leave the one on the bulkhead as painted, but as long as I was going to create the forward one I might as well do both. These would be made from stretched sprue pulled slow when cool so it would be very thick. A shot before painting (and add
  7. I( especially like the rudder antenna -- flattening the end and creating a slot rather than trying to just stick a rod into the top. That should be a much better purchase and be more secure. I'm going to file that away for the next project.
  8. Closer to closing... It's getting harder to stall on closing up the fuselage. Painted a few parts like the turret plexi and other bits and started gluing more things in place. - - The tail turret looks good, but I'm sure it will have a floor installed before I close the fuselage. I am not going to try to continue the belt feeds to the guns (they'll just dead end at the shield) I also saw a reference drawing that indicates the belts actually made a 90-degree twist so that the get to the belt on end rather than f
  9. Seats & Stingers... I had to set the top turret aside as the risk of ruining it outpaced the odds of improvement (for now, at least) Today was mostly a painting day as I turned to the pilots seats and the twin 50s in the tail. Nothing terribly exciting. I'm not happy how "rough" the edges of the seats look -- not sure if that is supposed to be cushion wrapping over the edge or not. I was trying to get the look of a green seat cushion rather than the yellow floating seat. Something about them bugs me and I may do some surgery before I am through. I do lik
  10. Well, that didn't take long... The barrels for the turret guns proved stronger than I had thought. Problem is that the shielded guns didn't fit into the plexi dome due to some extra thickness around the troughs. After some cursing and a lot of squeezing in an attempt to force it in I decided to take a step back and solve the problem before I ruined everything. The first step was breaking off the barrels and shield (dang, they were secured much more than I expected). I tried lopping off about 1/5 of the front end of the gun bodies thinking that this would allow the curv
  11. Top o' the Morning... Yesterday I started in on the top turret. I usually rely on my own photos for reference (personal preference) but the 16 Mitchell's I have photographed, the only one I've actually been inside is the CAF's Maid in the Shade and amazingly I did not get any shots that would help here. As the grandson of a B-17 top-turret gunner, I want to give this area some extra attention. I did find these images online so I had something to work with. (not my photos) I noticed that all three of these had the seat extended but the kit had it
  12. Work in Progress... This post is basically a progress report so I can document some of the extra detail work to date. I realized that I was slowing down as the dreaded "buttoning up of the fuselage" approaches. Still work to be done for sure, but I didn't want to be looking at the sealed fuselage and ask why I din't take pics along the way. So here she goes -- warts and all! The ugly shine is actually because the wash is still wet when I snapped the pic and the flash lit it up. Storage cabinet and radio shelf -
  13. Third message sent with pics of Miss Angela and Yankee Lady that should have whet you need.
  14. I sent you some larger pics.... and just found another shot that should be exactly what you need. Second message in just a minute.
  15. Your crew is almost too nice to hide inside the plane. Nice work.
  16. Tanks for the memories... As I mentioned a few days ago, I took a closer look at the molded-in O2 tank and decided it really had to go. It looks too small for my eye and certainly would be challenging to try and match while representing the correct number of tanks. The solution was to make "quickie" tanks from Sculpey clay. However the first batch had been based on the ones I made for the B-17, and these would be pretty big in the Mitchell... Yep, waaaaaaay too big Good thing is if the crew were forced to di
  17. Here are some I have taken of that area... hope something may help. These are my own shots so if you need a better look at something let me know and I can get you a larger file. B-17G 44-83514 Sentimental Journey - B-17G 44-83684 Picadilly Lilly II - B-17G 44-83735 Mary Alice - - B-17G 44-83785 Shady Lady - B-17G 44-85718 Thunderbird
  18. Yiiiikes! Scrambling for a silver lining: If it had to happen, at least it was on a generally flat area free of detail. Hopefully when it cures you can use a blade to scrape it down so only light sanding necessary and paint might hide imperfections. good luck. They need a SCREAM option to go with the like button -- something more horrific than "Sad"
  19. They should bottle this stuff... At the forward bulkhead of the waist section there is sizable tank I initially thought might be one of the big yellow Oxygen tanks I usually see in B-17s. The more I looked at the kit part, the less convinced I was. Also, the B-17 had a dozen or so tucked all over the front end, flight deck and above the ball turret. So I asked around to see if that indeed what the mystery object was and, if so, where else in the plane these might be found. My trusted expert on all things vintage aviation, Karl Hauffe, confirmed it to be the
  20. Da bomb! Short update this evening. I have been doing some painting for various ammo boxes and details in the fuselage, but the only thing worth sharing are the three 500-lb bombs. While looking through the different examples I have photographed at museums and in wardirds on display the only constant is the inconsistency of markings. I know the differences indicate whether it is a TNT GP or High Explosive or incendiary etc, but I went with something simple that works for me. A little extra wire added something even though it probably will be unseen if these get mounted properly. I
  21. Being Nosy... I asked around to determine if the nose section floor would have been metal or wood sheet and the consensus was for aluminum floor. So here's the nose section as it stands. - It looks like the darker wash may have crept up on the top edge of the foldaway seat so I'll need to revisit that. I also want to look into some wartime pics to see what extra bags/maps/equipment/pin-up posters, etc., that might be appropriate for this area.
  22. A sight for sore eyes... Before the paint was dry on the wings I was already looking through my photos of the various Norden bombsights that I have shot inside B-17s and elsewhere. First my reference pics In the museum at the Maddingley Cemetery, Cambridge At the Imperial War Museum, London - - In the B-17G 44-83575 Nine-O-Nine (from my flight in 1998) In the B-17G 44-8543 Madras Maiden (from my flight in 2018) In the B-17G 44-85740 Aluminum Ove
  23. Time to duplicate Closing up the first nacelle certainly added some challenge when it came time to replicate the added wheel well detail for the other wing. One advantage was knowing what had "worked" on the first attempt so not a lot of extra poring over the reference -- just make them match! - - That looks close enough for me. Flaps added to cover the huge gaps between the top/bottom wing pieces. You can see where balsa wood was added to represent the portion of the flap that becomes exposed when the flaps are
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