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  • Birthday 02/24/1964

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    B17, B17, B17...and a bit of other planes!

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  1. Hello IanC, Thank you for your note, and I can reassure you about the date of your reply. The content of the forum is very rich, we can't see everything at once. There is always time to write when we are walking around Britmodeller, isn't there? I have the opportunity to go to the historical site to take pictures and get information, as I live not far away. I understand that it is a little more difficult for an Anglo-Saxon... Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  2. Good morning, Thanks to all the Brittmodeler forumers who come to see my little work and react. I made a small film four months ago, and thanks to a friend who works in the historical section of the French army, I was able to recover the images of the German news shot on February 22, 1944; I hope you will enjoy it. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  3. Hello, V-P, the two 1/48 HKM B17 models have an event on each wingtip. For your information. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  4. Good morning, all. If I may state my meagre knowledge, I would like to make some clarifications about these wingtip vents. These hatches allowed the petrol vapours contained in the wing tanks to escape into the atmosphere and thus avoid explosions in flight. Tested on B17Gs of the Fifteenth AAF, these vents were first available in kits that allowed modifications by the Air Depots. They were installed in production from the _ block B17G-15-BO (s/n 42-31332 and following) from October 1943, - block B17G-25-DL ( s/n 42- 37989 and following) from Décember 1943, - block B17G-?-VE (s/n ?) from late 1943. This request for an aerator effectively followed the installation of the Tokyo tanks, as " while the additional fuel extended range and allowed distant targets to be attacked from the UK, the tanks were posing a hazard in that when they were empty and fume-filled an incendiary bullet could ignite an explosion sufficient to blow off the wing section. A study of losses revealed that 36 per cent of bomberswent down on fire and that 20 per cent of these were fires in the outer wing sections. A further analysis showed that 15 per cent of bombers were lost to explosions and in 45 per cent of these the explosion occured in the wings (...) Some reduction of this hazard was achieved by incorporating small vents in the outer wing section to allow fresh air to drive out the fumes that accumulated around these tanks if they were badly holed and leaked - a modification that originated with the italian-based B17 groups." in: The B17 Story, page 49, from R.A. Freeman and D.Osborne. 1998 Arms and Armour Publication These tanks were introduced as standard beginning in the following production blocks, and all subsequent ones: - B-17F-25-DL (s/n 42-3074 and other from January 3, 1943) - B-17F-30-VE (s/n 42-5855 and other from March 8, 1943) - B-17F-80-BO (s/n 42-29932 and other from March 19,1943) None? One hatch? Two?. The observation of the photographs is a judge of peace, because before the systematization on the production lines, it depended on the passage of the planes in the air depots. (like the installation of the Cheyenne turret). But after all, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself, I think. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  5. Hello VP, I see that we are equal in the number of B17 boxes to be built: I'm a cheater, because the B17 Airfix at the top of the pile is already started! I understand that you are also going to participate in the Monogram group build to build your 1/48 model, right? I had the idea to do the same... Looking forward to sharing in these future group buids... Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  6. Good morning, gentlemen. I'm not playing with you in this group build (I'm too busy elsewhere!), but I would like to participate by presenting some Matchbox constructions. At least the ones I have kept. My oldest preserved (built in 1985!): F3F Buffalo 1/72. Then another one, built in 1986 ( look at pilot's names!): Do you remember the mobile wings? Then: F6F-3 Hellcat 1/72, P40N Warhawk 1/72, and: SBD Dauntless 1/32, airbrush painted in 1993, with Humbrol Authentic colours... At last, three M19/ Diamond T981 that I made three years ago: soft cab and machine gun turret: soft cab: Hard top cab: Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  7. Hi VP, I'm here to give my full support to see this Hangar Queen finished. This will maybe give me the mojo to continue a B17 Airfix which is also vegetating (interior construction completed, that's all!) Besides, I wonder if this loss of mojo is not due to the complexity of today's models: are there too many parts? Before the new Airfix and Revell models, there was NOTHING in the 1/72 B17. Okay, I admit that I scratched the interior of two models, but that was before! I'm keeping two B17 Hasegawa models for the future Group Build, as the construction will be easy and I'll be able to take care of the exterior without losing time on the crew stations. Because let's face it, you can't see ANYTHING once the fuselage is closed. Please, VP, hang in there and finish this B17, maybe it will motivate me for mine! It looks very good, now. You gave me the idea to copy you for this model: transforming an early production Airfix late model G (my stock contains another one!), changing the staggered waist guns and using an Academy stinger turret mould. Thanks for the tip! You paint with brushes, don't you? I will probably take one of my models and use a very light earth colour wash (humbrol 26, or an olive drab faded) on the decals, which will allow them to blend in a little more with the green of the camouflage. Have fun in modeling. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  8. Hello Philipp, This is a very nice tribute to the achievements of Shepherd Paine, well done! The setting is well researched, and the construction is very well done. The combat damages are super realistic. I have made several damaged B17s, I don't despair of building the 1/48 models I have in my stash. but I would love to have your diorama in my collection!. You've made me a very happy modeler tonight! Regards, Eric-Snafu35 (a bit of a Fort's fan!)
  9. Hello to all, I was wandering around the Group Build Matchbox, looking for a B17 build, and I ended up here. I'm an incorrigible enthusiast when it comes to Boeing's four-engine aircraft. Can you count me as a spare that would replace a possible defection of a corum member needed for the final bunfight? I was too small to participate in the first group build on the B17, but now I am big! If I have to prove my attachment to this big bird, I present a picture from my 1/72th collection. I'm terribly sorry to sound pretentious!: And one is missing, at 1/48th (a real big bottom bird!) Unfortunately, I acquired a new box of B17G Hasegawa at a low price. This box has just added to my stock of B17 to-dos. Could I play with you? Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  10. Hi Patrice, I will follow your tribulations on this forum too. I have never built this box, I will follow your construction with interest. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  11. Hello Bill, This is a good start to the year: a time-consuming project is is finally over. I say respect for the self-sacrifice and the work done. But I say what a pity for the desire to have the same at home! This Privateer is so well finished that you will be the envy of many! Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  12. Good morning, gentlemen, And Happy New Year to all! I'm sorry for the late reply, but I was busy uncorking a few bottles of wine with my family! (I hope I didn't spoil my hand too much with all that I drank! ) I thank you all for your kindly words. It was less frightening than listening to the news! Of course, you can I use bits of wood, zeechium and parsley: I collect pieces of branches in my garden. It costs nothing and it really does look like a trunk!. I made holes in the wood and glued small branches of zeechium with cyanoacrylate glue. I keep the small bunches of parsley and put them in a blender. I then glue this mince to the zeechium with neoprene spray glue. I can make two trees with a bunch of parsley like the one in the picture. I don't grind the parsley immediately after buying it; I wait three or four days for it to dry out a little but not too much. Finally, parsley is organic, so it can crumble over time. So I airbrush it with different shades of green. Thank you, Stef. I love to tell stories! Thank you, Colin. But I have been training for a very long time! Thank you, man! I wanted to show the traces of cows' hooves in the mud, you can also see the dung. I still have some progress to make! Thanks again to everyone who came to see my stuff. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  13. Hello Johnny_K You did a stunning job! Congrats. I tried the Bare Metal Foil technique on a B25 Monogram: I will gladly let you be the first to use this technique, because you excel. I wouldn't say it was a nightmare, however I don't think I'll do it again. It's time consuming and difficult to keep it looking smooth, how do you keep from crumpling up the sticky aluminum? Do you work in panels? The B24 and B29 are magnificent. Thank you for sharing. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  14. I composed the post this morning. Here: Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  15. Good morning. I wanted to reproduce this picture as a diorama: source photos: magazine Normandie 44 Number 20, copyright 2016 This photo was taken on July 31, 1944 at a place called La Lande des morts, between Roncey and Saint Denis le Gast, south of Coutances. I went there to get an idea of the place: The place has changed, and the house has disappeared. here is what the war correspondent photographed with his back to the vehicles: source photos: magazine Normandie 44 Number 20, copyright 2016 and today: The apple trees on the left were replanted at the beginning of the 21st century, and the water from a small spring in the meadow on the right looks red, because there is scrap metal buried in the ground. However, one of my friends brilliantly performed this scene: wonderful, isn't it? I had a Hummel kit, I wanted to reproduce this episode from Roncey's pocket. And I said to myself: what if I represented the scene BEFORE the battle? So I looked for information. This German column was destroyed on the night of July 29 to 30, 1944. At the head there was a StugIII and a Hummel. This photo was taken before the Hummel was pushed to the side of the road after the fighting: source photos: magazine Normandie 44 Number 20 p76, copyright 2016 Here is the story: The Americans launched Operation Cobra on July 25, 1944; A consequent bombardment upset the German lines (The Panzer Lehr Division was wiped out), then the US mechanized units rushed straight ahead. The Germans no longer had a front were partially surrounded to the south of Coutances. The remains of several divisions have clustered around a village called Roncey. During the night of July 29 to 30, three German columns left this village devastated by aerial bombardments. One of them called "Müller" had in mind a Hummel followed by a Sturmgeschutz, and these two tanks were assembled to make a "schwerpunkt". During the night progression, the stug overran the column to bypass a US road block, then resumed the progression by the planned axis. This explains why it was stopped at the head of the column at La Coucourie a few moments later. The story is set, here is the construction. The scene takes place at the end of the afternoon of July 29, 1944; the Germans wait for the night to be able to move without fear of the jabos. I tried to reproduce the camouflage stripes of the Hummel called Klauzewitz: the fern material comes from my garden: bryoflora collected at the foot of a tree. I fix it with white glue and and I paint in Humbrol 80 with an airbrush. Most of the figures are multi poses of Caesar Miniatures. I carve them and modify them with a mixture of cyanoacrylate and talc powder . There are also some Preiser figures, one or two Hasegawa: There are forty figures in all on this diorama. I wanted to represent the crowd of trapped soldiers. And the result: the roads are very narrow in the Normandy countryside. Garden side: there were SS of the Das Reich, paratroopers, soldiers of the Werhmacht, of the anti-air defense of the Luftwaffe... more than 2500 men, hundreds of vehicles. ...But the "elite" troops did not mix with the army! The painting of the figures was a bit repetitive at times, especially the realization of the oak lef pattern camouflages of the SchutzStaffeln. But I'm happy with the result! street side: I "recycled" a Sturmgeschutz III Revell that I had removed from another diorama. The motorcycle is a BMW: this episode of the Battle of Normandy is less well known than that of Falaise, however the entire western German flank collapsed for lack of soldiers and organized units. last for fun: and for those who doubt my sanity, I assure you that my doctor is holding up well! Regards, Eric-Snafu35
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