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  1. Thanks guys.....gonna be a bit of a wait for the next post as I'm 1700 miles from my office at the moment!!
  2. Good afternoon everyone! The dust has now truly settled on my Scratch built B17G and its time to start another project!.......( for those of you that followed my B17G build....you might be interested in knowing that the model arrived in UK safely with no breakages thank God.....and its now ready for the next trip to the States for the Museum next month!) I really didn't know what was next for me as I have spent the last 10 years building and fully immersed in the B17 project .....and since it was at 1:20 scale and coming out at 3 feet 8 inches long .....I thought that it would be good to have a go at the other end of the scale spectrum! Last year my brother sadly passed away and whilst clearing out his flat I came across this Airfix 1:72 scale Spitfiremk1a that he must of been thinking to build..... I took the kit home and have been thinking ever since if it would be possible to scratch build the interior of this kit!.....this would mean having a go at building the Merlin engine and cockpit! ....and at such a small scale wondered if it would be worth the effort?....then I thought that I would have a go at it.... as a kind of tribute to my brother David! So I started this project when I was at home in Bulgaria and took some photos of the progress so far and thought I would make the first post here now. ....however ...as I am away from my office at the moment not sure when the next post will be! After opening the kit box I decided to first mark up the area on the front of the fuselage where the merlin will sit. After cutting away the plastic I saw I had to sand down the thickness the plastic....way down!!.....else it will be way out of scale!....then I shaped out of plastic the first bulk head that sits directly behind the power plant. After adding some detail on the bulkhead ....by looking at some reference photos...I took these photos. So to the scratch building of the Merlin! The engine block was first made from scrap plastic and being so small it seemed the my fingers were getting fatter by the minute and making the task even harder and fiddly than ever! I tried to shape it the best that I could and slowly added other parts to the engine to get it looking as near as possible to the real thing! I started to scratch build the exhaust stacks but I wasn't happy with them!....then I realized that I could use the kits exhausts!....silly me! Here is the Merlin before all the piping work ..........after a weeks work.... I then painted the basic colours for the Merlin......and whilst doing that , thought of how I was to make the engine frame and I decided to make the frame out of wire and build the frame around the engine when it was sat in the fuselage....here is the painted Merlin with out the frame work.... I then had a real hard time lining up the engine with the propeller disk plate that I cut out of plastic but after hours of dry fitting of the engine finally got the job done!...I then painted the area before gluing the engine in....... It was now time to fit the engine in place and then add all the other detail...this included the radiator at the front plus the engine frame and all the piping and wiring. I taped the two halves together with masking tape for the purpose of taking the photos and to show the engine in place and placed the prop on for effect!.... You might have noticed that I have scratch built a tiny gun camera on the Port wing root and cut away the panel that housed it! So that is as far as I have got on this project for now. I am planning the next part and that is cutting the top of the fuselage off to either build the fuel tanks or leave it empty so you can see down into the cockpit floor and the rudder pedals....I think it all depends on how it goes when I'm back in the office in a month or so's time! So until then guys.......Happy modelling to you all! Cheers Fozzy
  3. Possible I guess...I have looked for reasons to have the lights retractable but have come up with no info as yet...will let you know if I find anything!
  4. Hi Martin The Sterling had retractable landing lights under the leading edge of the port wing...hope this image helps!
  5. Hi there..... Just when you thought you had seen the last of my B17....another post comes along! Well it's more of an update on the packing method I have done ready for the first leg of getting it to the Museum in California! On Tuesday I am flying back to the UK from where I live in Bulgaria and then in February I will take the B17G on a flight to L.A ......Its all in the lap of the Gods on if it gets there in one piece! I feel pretty certain that it will be OK but not looking forward to opening the box at the other end!......after 10 years of work it needs to get there without any breakages! I have shipped models before using the hold of an aircraft without any problems so far...touch wood! The trick is to suspend the model away from the sides/top/bottom of the box its in. I made the boxes out of MDF and the front and rear sections are held in suspension using polystyrene packing.....if its not suspended then vibrations during transportation can damage the model. When the sides and top of the box is screwed down the polystyrene clamps the model in position.....well that's the plan! Here are a few photos of the boxes to give you an idea and also to show some of you that might want to try it with one of your models one day...if you haven't already........ Here is the front section placed in the box.......... This next photo shows the side screwed on and the polystyrene clamping the model in place........ I placed some bubble wrap over the top of the fuselage and then screwed the lid on...... Here 's the rear section in the second box...packed the same way..... All I had to do then is find a big enough suitcase to place these boxes in........ That's it really!......just got to hope and pray that the baggage handlers don't kick the bag about too much!.....(I do know how they treat baggage as I worked Airside at Gatwick Airport many years ago and I'm guessing they haven't changed!!).....forgot to mention....never put fragile stickers on the case....red flag to a bull! So there you go! I promise this is the last of the B17G "Fuddy Duddy" story here!..........except to say that I am really really pleased that one of the editors of the FLYPAST magazine saw my model on my Scratch built models facebook page .........https://www.facebook.com/martinfostersscratchbuiltmodels..... and asked if they could do a piece on it in their January 2022 issue!...of course I was delighted and said yes......its out in the shops now! Thanks once again for those of you that followed this build ....and I'll see you on here real soon as I have started another project....a whole lot smaller than this one was!! All the best and Happy Xmas and New Year to you all! Fozzy
  6. A BIG BIG thank you to all who have commented....really appreciate it!
  7. Thanks a lot for your kind words and you can tell your "little devil" that I won't be doing an engine or prop as I really want to move on with another project....what ever that may be!
  8. Thanks a lot!...and I'm pleased that you understand what I was trying to achieve with this model!....the focal point was always going to be the interior. I was trying to show what it must have been like to fly in the Fortress and how cramped it really was!....the wings and power plants never crossed my mind!
  9. Thanks...and... Strictly fuselage.....I always planned it this way!
  10. Thanks!.......It will be going into The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad ,California...https://craftsmanshipmuseum.com/ Yes ...11 years ago I put the Lysander on RFI!...Time flies!......funnily enough I just recently packed it to take it back to UK! Thank you every one for all your great comments!...appreciate it!
  11. Hi everyone The B-17 Flying Fortress, “Fuddy Duddy,” was used as a VIP transport in the Pacific at the end of World War II. It once carried General Dwight D. Eisenhower who later became the 34th President of the United States. In civilian life, it worked as a fire bomber and was occasionally used for motion picture filming, flying on screen in movies such as the 1962 Steve McQueen movie, “The War Lover” and the 1970 blockbuster, “Tora Tora Tora.” Here then is my replication of the fuselage and all the internal detail of the WarBird "Fuddy Duddy" B17G which is at present stationed at The Lyon Air Museum in California. I built it to 1:20 scale and from nose to tail the model measures out at 3 feet 8 inches! ...right from the start I had no intention of building the wings for this model as I wanted to concentrate on the internal detail of all the crew areas. The fuselage was constructed out of balsa wood and plastic and all the internal and external detail was built from plastic card ,wire,card ,aluminium sheets,paper and anything lying around that was useful! I designed the top part of the fuselage as a cutaway so the detail can be seen. No CAD programmes were used to build any part of this model. This project has been a big part of my life as it took me 10 years to complete!....I hope you like the photos! Thank you for taking a look! Cheers Fozzy
  12. Thanks guys!....really appreciated you all tagging along on this epic build of mine....kind of gave me more purpose and the push I needed to get to the finishing line!......you can all stand down now! Hopefully see you all on the next build!
  13. I just had to do it Ian!....it had been bothering me for ..........years!
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