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  1. The Italian 15th AF bases were notorious for their mud and dirt, you could do the weathering almost like on a ground vehicle. Also of interest is the opening below the waist gunner window, obviously added on the field at some point, though I'm not sure of its real purpose.
  2. You're welcome, here are a few more then. The first photo is not ''The Swoose'' but some other unidentified fellow 463rd BG B-17G, still I think its faded and weathered appearance will be a good guidance how to finish your model. And a cheerful Col. Kurtz by the waist art. Keep it up!
  3. And a better quality in flight photo, note the so-called ''pie slice'' unit marking repeated on the upper horizontal stabilizer, which was a unique feature of the 15th AF bomb groups. Now the question is whether this was painted on the replaced left (natural metal) horizontal stabilizer as well, in which case it should be white/transparent Y inside black pie slice! Also note the dirt partially covering the national star & bars marking on the upper left wing.
  4. Looking great so far! As about the left side personal markings, I've been extensively researching the 15th AF B-17 units for more than a decade and also talked with several people associated with the 463rd BG, the general opinion is that "The Swoose" didn't have any artwork nor name on the left side. It's noteworthy that it was one of the most famous and most often photographed of the unit's B-17s, still the above photo is probably the only known of its left side, which might imply there was nothing colourful to take a photo there. I'd also say the bright details below the tail serial number you noticed were just a chipped OD paint, though the tail art was indeed quite common in the 463rd BG, but again I don't think this particular B-17 carried it. Course, it's up to you to decide. As you building "The Swoose" as it appeared late in the war, here's an interesting photo to show the extensive weathering and faded OD, most probably taken in 1945. Photo credit Facebook.
  5. And another one, Col. Frank Kurtz is kneeling in the middle.
  6. Hi, glad to help. Until a better photo appear, here's one of its left side, the second plane in row is almost certainly "The Swoose". Courtesy of Wilbur Wannenburg web page.
  7. Hello, great choice to build a 15th AF machine, just keep it up! As about "The Swoose 1944 model" itself, there's a brief story about it in Osprey's "B-17 units of the MTO", in short it was the 463rd BG CO Col. Frank Kurtz's personal plane when the unit first flew from US to Italy in March 1944, and was named after a famous B-17D model that Kurtz flew in Pacific early in the war. Apparently, "The Swoose" rarely flew in combat during Kurtz was in charge, as he was careful not to lose it. He even named his baby daughter Swoosie after the plane's name! It was used more frequently later, when Kurtz was rotated back to US I think. What also may be of interest for your project is that sometime during the autumn 1944 or later "The Swoose" received a replacement left horizontal stabilizer together with elevator, which were left unpainted. There's a clear photo showing this detail on the 463rd BG pictorial CD no.1, however I've lost mine some years ago, so you have to believe me on word or to try to find someone who has that CD. Good luck!
  8. Update! Most of the front nose area is finished finally, though some little details like sticks, controls, etc are still to be attached. I did much more scratch work here than in the radio room, cockpit sidewalls, seats armour plates, fire extinguisher, canvas covers, oxygen hoses, navigator's desk lamp, ammo boxes, chin turret upper cover, along with a bit of very useful aftermarket additions - CMK cockpit pedestal, Quickboost oxygen bottles (sadly, it seems they are just a bit too big to install them all) and some pieces from the Eduard PE set. Best regards.
  9. Thanks Mike, it's sure helpful. I've always thought that Academy Liberator is not a bad kit at all, even when compare it with the priceless Hasegawa kit, except of the turrets and cowlings. I'll see what I can do, will try to get either the High Planes replacement set or the vintage Airfix kit.
  10. That's interesting, thanks. Too bad there's no photo of the actual thing... Anyone has it maybe?
  11. Trying to find on the internet, but nothing shows up... Is there any aftermarket set offering the correct cowlings, or cowling fronts, for the 1/72 Academy/Minicraft B-24 kit? I noticed a few such sets in 1/48, as well as Quickboost set for 1/72 Academy B-17 kit for example, which has a similar too square and incorrect cowlings, but what about Liberator? Thanks in advance.
  12. Hi to all, A few shots of a slowly ongoing project, Revell Fortress in 1/72 scale. Despite well known shortcomings, I think it’s a good kit and a good starting point for recreating an accurate early production G model, with some limited scratch building and aftermarket additions. My model will represent a Boeing Seattle built camouflaged machine, from the 15th Air Force based in Italy. The kit’s interior is quite detailed, however there’s a space for improvements. Not much I added to the radio room, as almost everything needed is already there. The seats on the right side are removed and the rubber like panel is added to the floor. Also, the radio operator seat is scratched up a little bit. The interior colours used should be as accurate as possible, the result of extensive research I did over the years. I’m using Vallejo acrylics, along with their varnishes and wash. The large gaps on the radio room sidewalls are neatly closed with a thin styrene panels. Sadly, it will be difficult to clearly see all the details once the fuselage is closed, but that's what these photos are for. The next task is to finish the front nose area and the interior sidewalls. More to come soon.
  13. That should solve all my doubts hopefully, many thanks Michael!
  14. Hi to all! I have a 1/72 scale P-51B on the workbench and planning to it as a camouflaged machine from the 52nd FG based in Italy. Now here is my problem, I hope that mister Peter aka Airscale won't mind that I borrowed a photo from his great ''Lope's Hope'' thread to better explain the thing: Long story short, how exactly should I paint the area around and inside the rear shutter? Remember, it will be a camouflaged P-51B. On a silver aircraft it would be easy I believe, to leave everything in natural metal, but here I have a dilemma. I expressed my opinion on the photo but I'm not 100% sure. Any help please?
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