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  1. vppelt68

    The Boeing B-17 STGB Chat

    When: 20.10.2018 to 20.01.2019 With the recent arrival of the new Airfix kit and a good supply of Revell, Academy and Hasegawa kits already available in 1:72, oldie but goldie Monogram G in 1:48 and the HK monster in 1:32 scale, isn´t it high time to have the B-17 single type group build at Britmodeller? @old thumper can dig up a Matchbox one . I don´t even start to list the options there are for these builds... As 2017 will be the year of the jets, why not counter attack with quadruple props in 2018?! Regards, 1) V-P 2) old thumper 3) wamwig 4) PhantomBigStu 5) Arniec 6) specky 7) theplasticsurgeon 8 mungo1974 9) DaveJL 10) modelling minion 11) Romeo Alpha Yankee f.k.a. TrojanThunder 12) jrlx 13) tonyot 14) S48 15) JOCKNEY 16) rob85 17) SleeperService 18) Sgt.Squarehead 19) Sabre_days 20) Sobby_23 21) RJ-WobblyHands 22) pizzapaolo 23) Graham77 24) Rafwaffe 25) DarylH - thank you! 26) Enzo Matrix 27) tomprobert 28) Thom216 29) TonyTiger66 30) Harrywilliams 31) Rabbit Leader 32) stevej60 33) DJJunis 34) DaveyGair 35) neil5208 36) MarkSH 37) Canso65 38) Tweener We're going in!!!
  2. Ol' Scrapiron

    B-17G 42-31582 Ol Scrapiron

    I confess to spending much time (waaaaaaaay too much time) appreciating so many fine projects from others but not finding any time at the workbench... until this B-17 group build came along. It's about time some worthy cause inspired me to dust off the toolbox and break out the brushes. I have several of these Monogram 1/48th Fortresses in the stash but I'll just start with one until I'm sure I can still do it. Besides, this finally gives me an opportunity to use all the reference pics I have been shooting -- so far I am up to 33 on my "Personally Photographed B-17s" list (and counting!). I realize virtually all the Forts today are restored and shouldn't be trusted blindly, but it's nice to have good clear shots at my disposal with some common sense. Anyway, on to the model! I will be building to represent my grandfather's plane: B-17G 42-31582 Ol' Scrapiron. He flew 30 missions with the 447th BG out of Rattlesden starting with the Group's toughest day, April 29, 1944. Just to see if my vision was still up to building models, I traded my bifocals for the Optivisor and started with the engines. A little rough at first, added some brass wire... - Then the wires were trimmed (left) and painted (right) and some wash added and a bit of engine oil form AK - I am not concerned that one wire should enter the top front of the cylinder and the other goes behind. I figure at this scale the cowling will take care of that. Here's a bit of the look I was going for (my pic of B-17F 42-29782 Boeing Bee here in Seattle) or this shot of B-17G 44-83735 Mary Alice (or whatever she is painted as these days) that I took during a trip to the IWM Duxford back in 2008. ---------- That's all for today. I look forward to seeing everyone else's progress for the next few months and hope I don't embarrass myself along the way.
  3. modelling minion

    Revell 1/72 Fortress Mk.II

    Time to stake my place in this STGB as I signed up for it earlier this year. I do like the B-17 but I don't have any completed ones in my collection and that is something I need to remedy. I have 5 kits in the stash in the form of Monogram's 1/48 classic B-17G, 2 X Academy/Italeri 1/72 B-17C/D's, Airfix's new 1/72 Fortress Mk.III and the subject of this build, Revell's 1/72 B-17F. I don't have a box for it, no big loss with Revells' useless end opening boxes, but here are some shots of what I do have, all of which is still sealed in it's cellophane packaging, starting with the instructions which also has the original decals included; And a shot of a couple of bags of still sealed sprues; Now I do like the options in the kit, at least one of which is already being built in this GB, but fancied doing something a bit different so I bought this set from DK Decals; As it says it has markings for 16 different RAF/RCAF B-17's ranging from early Mk.1's right through to Mk.III's in use at the end of the war. There are a couple of Fortress Mk.II's (the RAF designation for the B-17) and I'm torn between either of these Coastal Command options (8 and 9 on the instruction sheet); And these two options in use by Bomber Command for jamming purposes (10 and 11 on the sheet); I do like option 8 a lot but it has different windows in the nose than those provided by Revell in their kit so I might stick to either options 9 and 10, we will see. I am in the middle of building a Tamiya 1/48 Beaufighter at the minute so progress will not be dramatic to start with but bear with me as it is one I really do want to build. Thanks for looking in and any and all help with the build is gratefully received. Craig.
  4. modelling minion

    RAF Fortress Mk.II ASV equipment

    Hi all, I am currently building a Revell 1/72 B-17F as a RAF Fortress Mk.II (FA704 serial number) and have got to the point where I need to add the nose glazing but looking at pics of Coastal Command Fortress' I see that some have an ASV aerial protruding from the glazing as well as other aerials under the wings. I have a couple of pics of FA704 but these do not show any aerials, I know they may have been re-touched by the Ministry to hide their presence and I have a feeling that the nose aerial was fitted. What I need to know is if the nose aerial was fitted and if so does that mean that the wing ones were fitted too? I have seen a couple of profiles (I know!) which show a full set of aerials but am obviously unsure of how correct they are. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Craig.
  5. Mikey-1980

    Unusual B-17 Variant spotted

    Morning all! Whilst up at Hack Green, the not so secret Nuclear Bunker, just west of Natwich in Chesire for the "celebration" of my 38th year of being ejected into this world, I spotted this unusual variant of an RAF B-17. I'm guessing it was adapted for the Royal Oberserver Corps during the late 1940's early 50's. Maybe an idea for someone to adapt a B-17G? DSC_1839 DSC_1840 DSC_1841 DSC_1842 DSC_1845 I hope I managed to get some decent shots? There was also a fantastically HUGE model of a Shackleton when you enter the bunker too. DSC_1847 DSC_1848 Also, on gaurd duty, a nice little Jet Provest. DSC_1850

    Coastal Command Early B-17s

    I would like the build the Academy B-17C in Coastal Command colours but wanted to know if these aircraft were covered in antennas like the Whitley and Sunderland ? The picture below (2nd one down) does show any and there are none in the kit. Any assistance greatly appreciated cheers Pat
  7. epozar

    Unarmed B-17 photos??

    Reading various books about the B-17s, I got the impression that machine guns were removed between operations for cleaning, maintenance etc. Yet I cannot remember seeing a single photo showing "unarmed" B-17!! Is it because such airplane is "less attractive" for the eye or there is some other reason? Of course the same applies for other similar aircraft: B-24, B-25, B-26...
  8. Available 2Q 2013 ref. 01E04 Source: http://www.pacmodels.com/news.php And in German langage (HK Models .de page???) and not yet available in the homepage English version, the first testshot - not prototype - pics! Wingspan: 78,79 cm, Fuselage lenght: 98,80 cm... http://www.hk-models.de/index.htm http://www.hk-models.de/p2_04.htm Don't forget HK Models has a 1/32nd Avro Lancaster and a Gloster Meteor IV in project... V.P.
  9. DJJunis

    2017 Year in Review

    Hello All! Happy holidays and all the best in the new year. Thought I'd post some pictures of the subjects I got done this year. The B-17 is Revells in 1/72. Seen before. All the rest are 1/48. The Airacobra is Eduards weekend addition. The Hurricane and Stuka are both Airfix kits. Enjoy the pictures and all comments are welcomed. All the very best in the new year. Don Junis
  10. BIT O LACE The original Airfix B-17 Flying Fortress kit dating from around 1962. Bit o Lace, a classic kit that no doubt everyone over a certain age will remember. My aim is to build the model up as neatly as possible while keeping the original look and feel of the kit, I want the finished build to be neat but still easily recognisable as the 1962 Airfix kit. This will include. 1) No after market goods. 2) A tiny amount of scratch building. 3) The possible use of scrap and spares, most likely for small parts such as guns. 4) Retention of the riveted surface, although toned down. 5) Inclusion of as many character parts as possible, such as aircrew. 6) Retention of the kits historical inaccuracies. 7) Minimal weathering with fresh paintwork. If I finish this build in time then I plan to follow it up with an old Airfix B-29 Superfortress build . The kit cost me a tenner but comes with very stagnant conservative 1980's box art. I much prefer the original box top myself. The parts. I have done a bit of dry fitting and it actually looks like a much better kit than I remember. As far as I can see all the parts are there but two of the props are broken.
  11. Wonderland Models

    New Airfix For September

    Airfix have just released their 1/72 Messerschmitt Me262A-1A Schwalbe and Boeing Fortress MK.III kits featuring brand new moulding! Available in-store now and at the RAF Scampton Airshow this weekend!
  12. Corsairfoxfouruncle


    The EAA's B-17G just flew over my house. Its going to be here for a few days at the local airport giving rides. Im hoping to get over there and getting some photo's to upload today or tomorrow.
  13. Good Day All, Here's my rendition of Revell's 1/72 B-17 F. All in all it's a good model but there are a few challenges. The ball turret has several frame lines missing which were added. Also the fit of the two clear parts is not the best. The engine push rods were way out of scale and were replaces as well as adding ignition wiring. The blanking plate for the chin turret for the G model doesn't fit well at all. Quite a bit of time was expended to get it blended. You have to modify the tail guns to fit in the tail interior. The tail clear part was marred with interior tool scratches and had to be polished out. I did OK with it but next time we'll look to use the Pavla alternate though it wasn't great either. The ammunition boxes for the waist guns just did not make sense for an F, they were abandoned. Next one I will have to scratch them The ammunition boxes on the ball turret interfere with rotation and the ammunition feeds really need to be replaced. The pilot and co-pilot seats reminded me of recliners..they were modified. Eduard bits were used for the instrument panel and throttles...excellent product. I dipped the nose glazing in Future (or Pledge floor care here in the Stated now) to get it as clear as possible because it is very thick. Pavlas wasn't great either. I took quite a bit of time to blend the clear front windows and associated panel lines into the fuselage. I'm OK with it but I think Ill do better on the next one. It is painted with Vallejo acrylics as I no longer use oils except for washes and weathering, I do not spray them anymore. Kitsworld decals were used for the artwork. The kits national insignia were used as they were the correct size. The Kitsworld national markings for the wings were undersized in my opinion. Tom Probert gave me some very useful information on painting the interior...thanks so much. It was about 18 months when I asked for it Tom..better late than never. Well onto the pictures. As always all comments are appreciated. All the Best! Don ps: Yes that is the new Airfix 1/48 Stuka B-1 in the background. But that's for another post...LOL!
  14. modelling minion

    Interesting B-17 camo scheme

    Hi all, Came across this interesting and (for me at least) unusual scheme on a B-17F and wondered if anyone can shed any more light on it. http://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/27435 I would like to know what the second colour used for the camo is, I assume its medium green blotches on the olive drab but I'm not 100% sure, there also seem to be some areas in different colours such as the stbd tailplane and the control surfaces on the wings. Now I know some of this can be explained by weathering, such as the control surfaces, but I'm not sure about the others. If anyone has any more pictures of the same aircraft or others in similar schemes I would be very grateful to see them. Thanks in advance. Craig.
  15. Greetings, styrene surgeons! Found these sent to me this morning- hoping this is the right location for this post- if not, Adm. please relocate! Some excellent early and late B-17F photos, as well as B-17G's, B-24's, and assorted WW2 types; some very famous examples scattered here and there, but I have not seen most of them before in other publications. I hope you enjoy them. (Sure wish the photographers had future model builders in mind when they took the photos- serials and codes would have been a real blessing!) Mike https://www.pinterest.com/pin/323977766931388450/?utm_campaign=homefeednewpins&e_t=b1ea75f7bb3b4e44b3750d519a4ead25&utm_content=323977766931388450&utm_source=31&utm_term=5&utm_medium=2025
  16. Hello, this is my 1/72 Revell B-17F, dressed as "Shamrock Special". Built from the box with the help of Eduard masks. Painted with Gunze acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes and happy Easter Holidays from Vienna! Roman
  17. B-17E/F Update sets & masks - For Hong Kong Models Kit 1:32 Eduard The Hong Kong Models kit is a good one, however Eduard are along as always offering their update sets for the kit. Here we have 6 sets for the Bomb Bay, Bomb Racks, Engines, Landing Flaps, Undercarriage and Seatbelts. There are also a two sets of masks, on for the E model and one for the F model. Bomb Bay (32400) This is one large brass fret. As the title would suggest the set provides new parts for the bomb bay as well as the bomb bay doors. The modeller will need to supply some 1.5mm square profile in addition to what's in the set. Bomb Rack (32899) This is one brass fret, and one coloured fret. As the title would suggest the set provides new parts for the bomb racks, as well as lugs and vanes for the bombs. The coloured parts represent warning and other placards. Engines (32397) This is one brass fret. As the title would suggest the set provides new parts for the engines, mainly in the form of a new wiring harness, but also includes other detailing parts for items which will be seen through the cowls. There are some detail parts for the superchargers and some of the cowl flaps. Undercarriage (32399) This is one brass fret. As the title would suggest the set provides new parts for the undercarriage. A new interior is provided for the tail wheel bay as well as detail parts for the tail wheel leg. New parts are provided for the interior of the main gear wells as well as detail parts for the main gear legs. Flaps(32398) This is 2 very large brass frets which provides flaps for the kit. Some of the ribs are already attached which need to be bent into position, some need to be added individually. Some work on kit parts is needed. Seatbelts(32897) This small fret provides a full set of coloured seatbelts for the aircraft. These are the new Steel belts from Eduard. They are etched from 0.1mm sheet, which looks like stainless steel because it doesn't rust, these new belts combine the best of both worlds. The resulting etch is thin at around 0.06mm, and the paint that has been applied after etching is included in that thickness. The paint itself seems to be more flexible too, and the designs have added details such as shadows printed near buckles and joints to give an added depth to the design. They appear less susceptible to fatigue and will stand up to repeated movements, and can be posed much more realistically due to the ease of bending of the surface. The paint is also a lot less likely to flake off at a sharp bend, which is a worry for standard PE belts. Masks(EX543) Each set is supplied on a 4 sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for all of the clear parts on your chosen B-17 model. E Model F Model Conclusion These sets will enhance an already impressive model. Recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  18. I wanted to do some OD Green B-17G's but the options are limited because of the Cheyenne tail turret. I modeled the early part and it's posted on Shapeways if you'd like one. http://shpws.me/Oi7o
  19. Hey guys, here's my try at Academy Fortress. Almost OOB, with exception of QB gun barrels and scratchbuilt landing lights. Markings are from Revell, since i always wanted to do "Shamrock", with it's replacement tail, it makes otherwise dull overall Olive Drab looks interesting. I preshaded the model with Gunze Tire black, and then gradually painted OD in about a dozen thin layers. I used Gunze OD and faded OD, and repainting of markings is done with MM OD. Wash is Tamiya, weathering done with Tamiya Smoke + Tamiya D set. Sligh chipping is done using artist silver pencil. Comments are welcome, thanks for looking!
  20. Norden Bombsight 1:32 Robert Mrozowski Model & Design Modeller Robert Mrozowski set about fabricating an accurate bomb sight for his HK Model B-17 Flying Fortress, which turned into a mammoth two year project of research, learning, design and a search for fabrication facilities. The end result is a highly accurate resin replica that would look great in the nose of your Fortress. The set arrives in a ziplok bag with a black backing card and a header card stapled to the top, which also contains the instructions in colour. There are six resin parts and two in clear acrylic sheet Construction is straight-forward once the parts are removed from their moulding block, with the main part needing very careful removal to leave you with a 2mm cylindrical stub at the bottom of the part. This is detailed at length by a series of three 3D drawings showing the correct way to remove it, and the end result. The instructions suggest slow-setting CA for attachment of the resin parts to allow sufficient time for fine tuning the arrangement, and also recommends the use of PVA glue for the attachment of the clear acetate disc that is also supplied in a small ziplok bag within the main one, along with a spare in case you mislay one. Painting is important to obtain a life-like finish, and you are recommended to visit two web pages to obtain details, but these links are quite long-winded to type, with strings of numbers providing plenty of opportunity for typos. To help you out, here they both are in a short, clickable format. That said, I only managed to screw up one of the links when typing them in, so perhaps it's not sure a chore afterall! Link 1 Link 2 From looking at the pictures in the links above, you will be able to gather just how accurate the model is when comparing it to the photos of the real thing. Conclusion This is Robert's first commercial aftermarket product, but if this is well-received others may follow, although we believe that the alternative mount for the newly released E/F Fort will be forthcoming soon. We wish him luck! Highly recommended. Available from Hannants in the UK Review sample courtesy of [img= http://www.britmodeller.com/reviews/robertmrozowski/logo.gif]
  21. Ingo Degenhardt

    Airfix B-17G interior color

    Hi everyone, I am about to start my Airfix B-17G and would like to know if it would be alright to follow the instructions and paint almost all of the interior sidewalls, etc. in aluminium to resemble unpainted natural Aluminium. I somewhere here read a thread about B-17 interior colors some time ago but can't find it anymore. IIRC the general outcome of the discussion was that B-17s could have appeared in almost any combination of painted and unpainted interior sections. Would it be likely for a late B-17G like the Airfix "Skyway Chariot" to have been left unpainted inside - regarding side walls and bulkheads? My second queston is about the interior green itself - Airfix instructions say Humbrol 195 Dark Green. I would like some opinions about Airfix' choice of color and maybe a recommendation for alternatives because I do not have 195 amongst my Humbrol cans. Ingo
  22. Hi guys, When I joined the forum I introduced myself as a 1/48 scale modeller, however having some Christmas money to spend on a recent trip to my LMS i was drawn in by a shiny box and I knew it would be my next build despite having a 1/24 Typhoon to go at! So here we go, my first proper WIP (I did build a P-51d in the group build but never posted in the main section of the forum) will be the new tool 1/72 Airfix B-17g. I built a B-17 as a kid but this one will be quite a bit better than that one, hopefully. To add a disclaimer, I'm not a scratch builder, having never done it I wouldn't know where to start, so this kit will be completely OOB warts and all, assuming there are some, so please bear that in mind and be patient with me When I get around to it I will be adding an Eduard mask set as there's no way I am cutting tape to some of the sizes required, it's just mental. Enough waffle heres the box shot: A shot of the sprues and lastly the bird I shall be building, going for the 1945 version Wish me luck, always grateful for any hints and tips along the way. Progress to follow in a few days hopefully, wanted to get the thread started. Cheers Ant
  23. After the B-17G ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234933316-132-boeing-b-17g-flying-fortress-by-hk-models-released/), HK Models is to release a 1/32nd Boeing B-17E/F Flying Fortress kit - ref.01E05 Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1648375182078767&id=1375731456009809 CADs Test shot at Nürnberg Toy Fair. Source: http://www.ipmsdeutschland.de/Ausstellungen/Nuernberg2016/Bilder_VH/Bilder_VH_1.htm V.P.
  24. 2ND PATCHES Matchbox B-17G Flying Fortress, 346 Bomb Group, 99th Bomb Squadron, 15th Air Force, Tortorella, Italy, 1944. It looks like this will be the group builds only B-17 and certainly it's only Matchbox B-17. I shall be building this one almost straight out of the box, the paint scheme looks an interested one, with all its repairs and patches. Here are the sprue shots.
  25. Roman Schilhart

    B-17F "Shamrock Special"

    Dear fellow Britmodellers. I am currently working on Revell's 1/72 B-17F kit, which contains markings for B-17F-10-BO, serial 42-29591, LL-Z, The Shamrock Special, 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron. Revell's instructions are a bit vague: - Revell's painting/marking section show "Shamrock Special" with a astrodome. (The astrodome is not mentioned in the build instructions though.) As "Shamrock" is an early production B-17F (F-10 block), should it have an astrodome - or the flat transparent panel? I have found two period photographs of "Shamrock", but can't tell for sure which part should be fitted. Information on this subject is welcome. Thanks!