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  1. Hi there, This is my recent project, a nice Airfix kit. Not my usual scale, but this bird in 1/48 just won’t fit my space here. Except Eduard Masks, a must for all these clear parts, everything else OOB. Fitting is nice in general, except for the clear parts that build into the tail gun structure being too narrow for the fuselage, which causes a step. Also, after glueing the fuselage halves, I ended up with a gap right in front of the windshield. Despite this, the clear part for the “canopy” structure fitted well with the gap. So, instead of forcing the halves to join, I just
  2. Edit 1.4.: Hello! I started this build as a waist window conversion only, in "regular" aircraft modelling section. Giorgio and Enzo were kind to allow me to continue the build within a Group Build theme. "Strangers In Town" indeed were the first American Bombardment Groups when the "Friendly Invasion" began. The local people were all not too enthusiastic about the Yanks, for three reasons: "They were overpaid, oversexed and over here". End edit . V-P Could I do that? Would it be too difficult for a clumsy, regular kit builder like me? That's what I was thinking thursday night, two
  3. This was my Christmas present from the missus (thank god I'm through the socks & undies stage of life ) . I've been umming and arring about whether to start this or the 1/48 B-24 in the stash, but this has won. I spent an hour or so removing all the little sprue bits that festooned the fuselage parts and have taped the big bits together because I never grew up and just needed to see it so! Glad I did, it looks gorgeous in the flesh. EDIT:I couldn’t sleep tonight so been looking for schemes and decided on The Swoose based in Italy, a nice weathered bird so should have fun on the paint work
  4. Hi Colleagues! Just would like to share with you photos of completed B-17G Miss Little Mischief model from Revell in 1/72 scale. It was built 1.5 year ago, but your opinion about result will be highly appreciated. Work-in-progress topic with step-by-step assembling and interior photos you will find here: http://www.greenmats.club/topic/87-b-17g-flying-fortress-172-revell-краткий-обзор-и-постройка/
  5. An image I did of the Calamity Jane (one of several with the same name, apparently) a B-17G that crash landed in Sweden, August 1944 due to flak damage on a raid against Peenemünde
  6. Hi all, I'd like to participate to this GB with this kit: to make this model: As usual a quick look inside the box: And I'll use these aftermarkets:
  7. Ok, here I am with Airfix's RAF fortress mk.III. I realized that kit offers also parts for B-17G as well. I am stuck between RAF one or an USAF profile. I may purchase Kits world decals; maybe famous 'swamp fire' or ' 2nd patches' I dont know... Lets start with building at first;
  8. 'The Swoose II' B-17G-30-BO 772 BS / 463rd Bomb Group The name Swoose originated from a B-17D that was one of 19 out of 35 Fortresses in the Philippine Islands that survived ground attacks from Japanese forces on the 8th Dec '41 shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbour. It was given it's name by Captain Weldon Smith following repairs undertook in Australia in January 1942 where the tail of another aircraft was grafted on, the name being derived from 'Half swan, half goose' inspired by a song at the time called 'Alexander the Swoose' about such a bird! T
  9. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my latest, the 1/72 Airfix B-17G (new tool) built from the box with the addition of photo-etch-seatbelts from my spares box. "Mah Ideel" operated with 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, out of Bassingbourn/Cambridgeshire in fall of 1944. The model was painted with Alclad II lacquers and Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel.
  10. It's been ages since I've posted any work here, but having a big bit of time off due to having a little girl 2+ years ago... I'm finally getting back into it, and having time off due to COVID19 is also helping.. HK Models 1/32nd B-17G coverted by myself into a fire bomber. Here is where it's at now... I did start this years ago, but did little to it, cockpit etc... but recently brought it back up to speed by blanking off the turrets and modifications needed to make it into the aircraft I want to finish it as. First coat of primer last night over the modified areas is bringing up so
  11. Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (A08017A) Extra Schemes 1:72 Airfix One of the most famous aircraft to see action in World War 2, Boeing’s B-17 nearly didn’t make it into service at all. Despite the fact that it enjoyed clear advantages over the competition, the relatively high cost of the aeroplane, combined with the loss of the prototype in a fatal crash, nearly ended the Flying Fortress’s career before it had begun. Such was the strength of the design, however, that Boeing were awarded a contract for thirteen more development aircraft and never looked ba
  12. Dear Fellow Modellers Greetings to all! Please find enclosed my Airfix 1/72 B-17G. It is loaded with the Eduard PE and Quickboost resin guns and turbochargers. I did my own representation of riveting. The decals are for the 306th BG based at Thurleigh in England in 1944-45 from Kits World. This recent Airfix kit shows a more restrained panel line representation than previous kits. The transparencies are absolutely outstanding and shape looks spot on. Regards Andrew
  13. I don´t usually dare to do RFI- posts outside the comfort of the GB section, but this time I thought maybe quantity * size > requirements for quality . So here are my builds from the recently ended B-17 STGB at this forum, of course. I´m halfway building a B-17G from each four squadrons of the 381st Bomb Group and I hope the second half will be done next summer in the GB section, where else? I first built a Revell B-17G kit, externally out of the box but adding some interior details that were never to be seen again after the fuselage was buttoned up. You live and you lear
  14. B-17G Upgrade sets 1:72 CMK From Special Hobby The newly tool B-17 kits from Airfix are vastly improved over what came before. For those modellers who want more then there are plenty of aftermarket sets available including these four from Special Hobby under there CMK brand. Each comes in a plastic blister pack with a car back which also hols in the instructions. Bomb Aimer's Station (7383) This provides for the bomb aimer's station in the nose forward of the cockpit. You get a new bulkhead to separate the two spaces, the bomb aimer's seat, ammunit
  15. My attempt at the old 1962 Airfix B-17G "a bit of lace" kit, built as part of the radial engines group. I know a lot of people will have fond memories of this old kit and it's artwork, I know that I certainly do. With four new B-17s in the stash I was not looking to get anything accurate, detailed or impressive from this build, all I wanted was a nice neatly built retro looking model of this old favorite. Unfortunately this old kit is an absolute stinker to build, the reason why is because the kits many transparencies are simply the wrong shape and size and do not fit the fuselage.
  16. Hi all, over the last few months I've built the Airfix P-51D and the Revell B-17G in 1/72. These are the first models I've made since I was at school and feel like I've learned some new things along the way both through my own experimentation and from what I've seen on here. I've used airbrushed Tamiya and Alclad paints, an Alclad varnish and thinned oil paints as a wash and for exhaust stains. I'm pretty happy with the results though feel like I could have done a better job with the "basics" on both models, i.e. filling, sanding, the cockpits, etc - I completely stuffed up the B
  17. While looking over my just-delivered new-tool 1/72 Airfix B-17G, which is an outstanding kit at first glance, I was pondering what schemes could be done with the armament fit provided in this initial release. Along that line, I pulled my well-worn copy of Peter Bowers' Fortress in the Sky to see at what stage in the production process the various changes in the G model took place. Thinking some of you might find the information useful, especially if Airfix had the forethought to engineer the kit for alternate versions to be released later, I have compiled a summary of sorts, listed below. (Ot
  18. Boeing B-17G Photo-etch sets, masks, & guns 1:72 Eduard for Airfix kit Front Interior Set This set has both a colour nickel fret and a traditional brass one. Parts are provided for the side panels inside the nose, the bomb-sight & mounts, hatches, machine gun barrels, mounts, ammuntion boxes & feed chutes. Cockpit Interior Set This set has both a colour nickel fret and a traditional brass one. Parts are provided for The front seats & seat frames, cockpit flooring, instrument panels, bulkhea
  19. B-17G Engines/Wheels/Turbochargers 1:72 Eduard Brassin (For Airfix Kit) These new sets are for the new Airfix 1/72 B-17G. Wheels Set (672120) This set contains both main wheels and the tail wheel in resin along with a set of painting masks. Engines Set (672131) This is a comprehensive set to replace all four main engine units for the B-17G, included are engines with seperate nacelles and cowling flap rings. There are 24 resin parts and photo-etched details. To build these up first the wiring harness is applied to the engine, and a front PE ring
  20. The waiting is almost over. The new Airfix 1/72 B-17G kit arrives today so get your orders in now. The kit is available at our usual discounted price of £27.99. We will also have the kit with us on our stand at Scale Models World Telford next week -if there are any left!
  21. Attached are a few pictures of my recent model - the B-17G-40-DL ”Flying Fortress” A/C # 44-6117, LG-Q 'no name' from 322BS / 91BG depicted as it may have looked during its fifth and last mission on 21st June 1944. The bomber crashed on 21st June 1944 in Stolsko lake, Ger. name - Schlosssee, (near the place where I live in Szczecin, PL), where most of its wreckage remains until today. Source information about the aircraft and its crew: http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/15193 Source information about 8th Air Force activities on 21st June 1944 - very interesting!: http://www.8t
  22. Hi everyone. This is the old Academy 1/72 kitset. It's spent the last 10 years of it's life on the shelf of doom. So whilst it's not my best model, it's off the shelf and finished, which I'm pleased with. I've done heaps of scratch building and modifying on this model, including: Scratch built rear fuselage interior Custom positioned figures in each station Quickboost engines, which I've put ignition harnesses on each engine Plunge moulded plexiglass front nosecone. Custom made decals (thanks Peter Mossong) Vacuum formed ball turret- complete with figure inside Detailed guns with sights Shal
  23. Finally finished third piece of this Revell gift set. I think now i will take a break from airplanes for a few years, and focus on ships, haha. I won't write much about this model because I really debated with myself should I put pictures of it, because it is very bad with a lot of mistakes. I studied some real photos of this plane, but at the end i decided not to follow color scheme and made it by my taste Thank you, and until my next model
  24. US Legends: 8th Air Force Gift Set Revell 1:72 Neither the 8th Air Force nor the aircraft contained in this gift set need much of an introduction. The B17, P47 and P51 have all earned their place in history through the hard graft that both they and their crews performed in the face of daylight combat with Axis forces over Europe. The 8th Air Force was born in 1942 and soon after started operating from UK soil on missions over Europe with the B-17’s and later with B-24’s. Missions in late ‘42 and ’43 shown the vulnerability of unescorted bombers despite the fact that the aircraft bristle
  25. Argh, I've just taken all the masking off my B-17G only to managed to slightly push in the side gunner windows and also have the ball turret mount come loose inside the fuselage! Anyone got any ideas or tips how to fix things?
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