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Fozzy

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  1. Well!...this is the problem that all modelers face when it comes to authenticity of their models!....very interesting!..... I had the same problem when scratching a Mk 11A Spitfire cockpit....the Hornets nest was well and truly stirred when it came to what was the colour of the crow bar on the door panel?....some people said Red...some said green! ....it was green BTW!!
  2. I'm also not sure which film that quote came from Pete...as for the challenge....I think I have enough challenges just to get through this project!
  3. Thanks again chaps for your kind remarks and for the interior paint info Tom.....I will however continue with the "modern day War Bird" theme and put the rest down to "Artistic interpretation"!!
  4. Cheers fellow modellers!.......Bill...your too kind!
  5. THE EQUIPMENT BENEATH THE RADIO OPS DESK Hi to all! Here is the next episode to this never ending saga! Before I start I want to say that I do realize that this scratch build is not 100% accurate.The interior colours I have chosen are a mish mash taken from hundreds of photos I have collected.The other problem is that it seems that The Flying Fortress's interior used different equipment and placed them in different areas of the aircraft....for example the Tokyo shut off valves. I have placed them on my model beneath the Radio ops desk ...which some of the G variants were... whereas other "Gs" had them on the aft bomb bay bulk head. This of course causes me confusion and I have to go one way or the other. At the end of the day I have to convince my self that this is my own interpretation of this glorious Aircraft and it's never going to be completely accurate and to exact scale as scratch building is really flying blind!! Reason why I am rambling on is because this project is taking so long and at times I feel that I have bitten off more than I can chew and I have to convince my self to carry on...regardless! ANY WAY.............................................. I have scratched all the bits and bobs that seem to be under the radio ops table although as I said ...difficult to know what was and wasn't installed!. ....but starting with the radio ops seat...here it is ready for painting.... here's the scale....... All painted with the seat straps fixed.... I have labeled whats what with the various equipment in the next couple of photos...the usual plastic scraps and wire were the order of the day!............. I attached the top section and tried to poke the camera through the back end and sides to get the shots of the equipment!.... I then glued the seat in position and took a few more photos...... OK....so that's that part done! I am going to go to the rear port side of the radio room now to scratch what ever I see in the photos I have! Thanks for taking the time to look in Fozzy
  6. Hi antonio argudo Thanks for your input on the interior paint colours of the B17G....There are no rules for wether the radio room was painted bronze green or left bare metal...I have studied many photos of the B17 and nearly each photo cancels each other out when it comes to wether it was painted or left bare metal......so you take your choice!.... I have decided to go with the radio room being painted because that is what "Fuddy Duddy" scheme was. Agreed that the colour might be a different shade than other colours one see's in the Fort but the camera always shows a different shade in any case. Here is "Fuddy Duddy"...... Its a real mind twister! Cheers
  7. That's how I communicate with UK from Bulgaria Ian!!
  8. RADIO EQUIPMENT ABOVE THE RADIO OPS DESK INSTALLED Hi guys We continue!............... I spent all this week since the last post installing all the radio equipment I scratched......As a reminder this included ..the radio ops desk that had the Liaison Receiver ,spare turbo amplifier ,headphones ,transmitter master switch ,transmitting key and desk lamp. I also installed the Command dynamoter and modulator ,the fire extinguisher ,portable oxygen bottle , IFF crash switch and the oxygen regulator and panel...I don't think I left anything out! Here are some photos............... So staying in this area I will now scratch build all the equipment that can be found underneath the radio ops desk....not as much gear so I will make the radio ops chair as well! Happy modelling guys and see you on the next post! Cheers for taking a look Fozzy
  9. The mighty Internet Ian!...and I have been collecting info for years now just for this project!
  10. BITS AND BOBS ABOVE THE RADIO OPS DESK Hi chaps Another week gone by and more equipment scratched There is so much equipment in the radio room that I decided to break it down into areas.....so today's post will be concerning the gear above the radio ops desk including what would have been on the desk! So to start with I knocked up the ops table...... ....and on this table we first need the Liaison Receiver. ....a 4 sided plastic square with scrap plastic and wire for switches etc! A bit of paint applied and a paper dial glued into place and hopefully all is well! So I then scratched the radio ops headset....darn fiddly especially with the small gauge wire I had to use! Here is the transmitting key and Liaison transmitter master switch (the pin is to show the scale)........... ...and the radio ops light...built using thin gauge wire.... this is the spare turbo amplifier..... The next few photos are of the equipment so far upon the radio operators desk..... Here is the Command dynamotor and modulator and its little shelf bracket before and after painting The IFF crash switch ( I believe this was activated to destroy all radio equipment in an event of a crash!) The portable oxygen bottle......... ....and the fire extinguisher....(I have just noticed that when I accidentally knocked off the top of the extinguisher I super glued it back on upside down!ha ha!...will have to fix that later!) ...and finally here is the oxygen regulator and panel...... So that took all week to do! The next post will be all that you see here placed into the radio room on the model. Once again I want to say that I appreciate all of you who are following this build....and just to let you know you are all on year 6 I think!! Cheers guys! Fozzy
  11. Thanks for the heads up on Guiders Pete...at least I got the word correct!! Cheers to Thom216 and CedB
  12. FUSE PANEL ,RADIO ROOM HATCH AND CONTROL CABLES! Hi guys Hows it all going in the model world? Here we have the next installment of the radio room build for this B17G...as the the title states I managed to get 3 things completed since the last post....so starting with the fuse box here are some photos............ Quite straight forward really...a thickish piece of plastic was cut and manipulated into the fuse box!! It was then painted and cables added to it ....and here it is installed in it's rightful position! I then played around with the radio room hatch by adding the 4 escape/securing handles....basically I bent a sliver of aluminum from a cola can Then started the real fun and games! I never thought that adding the control cables would be such a pain!..I mean I put the cables into the nose section and the bomb bay without the blasted hassle I had this time.....is was all done by trial and error...starting over twice as I just couldn't get it to look right...I tried different gauges of electrical wire....I even tried using some fishing line!..the glue wouldn't set or I couldn't get the cables to tighten...but in the end I found some other small gauge electrical wire which wouldn't bend and made some guiders(for want of a better word) so that the cables were at equal distances to each other!.... Not sure if I know what I'm talking about!!....so here are the photos of the end result!! Oh .....I also sprayed the internal walls and placed the two window perspex on either side of the fuselage. So that's it for another week guys.........thanks a lot for looking in Laters Fozzy
  13. Cheers guys.....it's good to be back!
  14. Well hi there one and all! After a long long break which included Christmas/New Year and a trip to San Diego to see family I have finally returned to my office and the B17G.......I do hope the start of this year has been kind to you all so far! So what have I done?...well I have done all the basic construction for the top half of the radio room. It took some time as the sky light above the radio room proved to be a bit of a pain to get it together...I just hope that it looks ok! The insides to the Balsa fuselage was covered with the plastic from yogurt pots as I usually do and then the ribs and other detail was glued into place using plastic card. Here are the photos starting with just the top half of the fuselage.................. ...and here are the two halves put together temporarily using some masking tape!......... A bit of a boring post I must admit but...... the next few posts to come will be much more interesting as I will be starting scratching all the radios etc ....after I have given the inside a spray up!! So until then...once again thanks for looking in Fozzy
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