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  1. Thank you Snafu, thats the direction I was leaning. The academy kit comes with two different plexiglass noses and I can experiment on one first. I also see you have flat glass covering the astrodome, I was wondering if that was another variation other than the dome glass. When I look at the picture of the Damn Yankee I see the dome lip on the nose but not a clear dome so I assume it might be flat glass. Good information, I'm still learning.
  2. Thanks, this is all helpful. The best photo I can find of the Damn Yankee is my top one and its hard to see if it has the support framework. From most photos I've seen it looks like the trapedoidal mount visible in the picture always has the support rods so I'll assume the Damn Yankee has the same. I went with the Academy over the Revell because Academy had the navigator dome, wasn't paying attention to the nose gun option. I'll display it parked but will make the mistake of having the guns installed, still like how that looks. Does anyone know if the Squadron Crystal Clear Canopy vacuform replacements for the B-17F (9175) have the nose with the gun mount option? I've tried to find some more detailed pictures of whats included in the package and it appears to have two different nose domes, just can't see what the details on them are. Thanks again.
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    B-17F Nose Gun

    I've gotten back into modeling since retiring a year ago. After seeing the documentary Above and Beyond, the story of the Damn Yankee B-17F and the fate of the captan and crew I decided I have to model that aircraft. I purchased the Academy B-17F kit which appears the closest to the aircraft. I'll replace the wheels with Armory Models weighted wheels and a combination of decals that I'll create and use some after market sheets. I'll also scratch build the radio room which is lacking in the Academy kit, even though it won't be seen I enjoy adding details. My biggest question is the nose gun in the front plexiglass. Has anyone ever kit bashed that into an existing dome or is there an aftermarket one I haven't found yet? I've attached a picture of the Damn Yankee with the nose gun visible and one from another B-17 that looks similar. Any additional information on this type of gun port and modeling it would be greatly appreciated.
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