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  1. TANKER E61 TB-17G N3702G in 1:48 (Revell 85-5600) Photo Credit: Steve Williams via Airliners.net It's been a long time coming and I'm way overdue at my bench but this past Christmas Santa left a Revell 1:48 B-17G Flying Fortress under the tree for me. I'm not much for building OOB so started looking for an interesting subject to build. I will be finishing the kit in litho for a NMF and want to do some scratch-building as well. Thus I started looking for a B-17 converted for air-attack or aerial fire-fighting. After a few days of poking around the web and collecting photo references I settled on former USAAF s/n 43-38635 Boeing B-17G-90-BO (TB-17G) N3702G Tanker E61. I plan on fabricating the replacement tail cone where the Cheyenne turret had been installed, rework the interior and scratch-build the borate tank(s). I'm not going overboard on the interior as the point of this exercise is to build the tail, tanks and finish it all in metal -- rivets and all. My work schedule often gets in the way so I will do my best to update this project as much as possible. Thanks for stopping by. May the building begin... Cheers! PR
  2. B-17G Upgrades (for HK Models) 1:48 Eduard We haven’t had a new B-17 Flying Fortress in 1:48 for a long time now, which HK Models have just rectified with their new tool, taking advantage of the data they collected for their monster 1:32 kit from a few years back. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Cockpit (491057) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals; centre console and throttle quadrant; side wall details; overhead console and ceiling skin, and seat embellishments supplied. Nose Interior (491061) Another two-fret set, with one pre-painted and nickel-plated. These parts include the woodgrain nav table, lots of instrument faces, structural details within the compartment, and a lot of sidewall details dotted around. It also includes upgrades to the nose guns with fresh ammo boxes, ammo feed and breech details, with navigation tools to deposit on the aforementioned desk. Radio Compartment (491058) Another two-fret set, with one pre-painted and nickel-plated. These parts include another lighter woodgrain table; a complete replacement for the many black boxes on the wall at the front and rear of the compartment; brackets, and a lot of sidewall details dotted around. It also includes upgrades to the upward facing gun with fresh ammo boxes, ammo feed and breech details, plus more tools to deposit on the aforementioned lighter desk. Waist Section (491062) Another two-fret set, with one pre-painted and nickel-plated, which also includes the rear gunner’s position in case you hadn't noticed. These parts include instrument faces for the small range of black boxes dotted around in the waist and rear gunner section; structural details within the compartment; O2 panel and headsets for the three gunners. It also includes upgrades to the waist and rear guns with fresh ammo boxes; ammo feed and breech details; ring and bead sights on the barrels, and dump bags under the windows of the side gunners. Seatbelts STEEL (FE1058) In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting. Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE. As well as the two sets of four-point flight crew belts, you also get a set of four-point harnesses for another crew member, and three sets of lap belts for the others. Masks (EX678) Supplied on two sheets of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. In addition you get a full set of glazing masks for the rest of the airframe and hub/tyre masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Conclusion A great range of sets for your lovely new HK Models B-17. Pick and choose what you fancy, and watch out for the other sets that are available for the exterior, bomb bay and so forth. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. So, a giant box arrived on my doorstep yesterday. Though it says B-17G it's something a tad bit different. This is my test shot copy of HK's forthcoming B-17F. I'll be building this one for an upcoming Model Aircraft article. I'll also be running the first WIP of sorts of this kit here for you. Though I can't show everything what I will do is highlight some of the features of the new kit as well as share some intermediary pics of progress here and there. I'm currently wrapping up the Dornier Do335A kit, and will be moving into this one throwing the full Eduard assortment at it (using as much of the G stuff that is common as possible). Please stay tuned! Many thanks to Neil Yan and HK Models and James Hatch and Large Scale Modeller for making this one possible!
  6. While some of you already noticed in my recent Herc post, I also got a real treat last summer. We had a visit for one week by bombers from the Commemorative Air Force. B-17G Sentimental Journey. I saw her the last time she was in Winnipeg. Though that was almost twenty years ago! Unlike me, the B-17 does not look a day older. And for her first time in The 'Peg, B-25J Mitchell: Maid in the Shade. This B-17 arrived in the PTO too late to see action and was used largely for photo mapping after hostilities had ended. The B-25 however was a real honour to see. She is a genuine combat veteran. She flew 15 combat missions over Italy in late 1944. Including one mission where she was the only ship out of four to return home. You can still see where bullet holes were patched. And I'm told a fair bit of flak was taken out of the tail during restoration. She wore Battle Number 18 in World War II and she still wears that number today. I brought my camera to work the day these two were expected to depart. The B-25 had a minor technical issue so she stayed in our hangar for a few extra days. I was thrilled! There was a combat veteran B-25 parked four feet from my locker! Trevor is in the tug as Brandon wing walks a legend. 20150706-DSC_5682 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5689 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Why yes, I did have just the best day ever at work! 20150706-DSC_5696 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Dan enjoying the day. 20150706-DSC_5702 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5712 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5722 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Trevor admires the legend. 20150706-DSC_5723 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr I was tempted to get much closer with engines running. But I didn't want to alarm the crew so I kept a respectable distance. Next time, closer! 20150706-DSC_5746 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5758 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5767-2 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Such a glorious sound! 20150706-DSC_5774 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Volunteer from the CAF ground crew walks past. 20150706-DSC_5790 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5791 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5822 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Till we meet again. 20150706-DSC_5855 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Thanks for looking. -matt
  7. Here is my attempt at building a model of the wonderful Sally-B. The WIP can be found here. My aim was to take photo of the model using the same focal length that the following picture was taken with & then to photoshop the model onto this picture. here is the model sat on a table with a fan heater blowing the props.... And here is the final image hacked about using paintshop pro: And just for good measure, here are a few pics of the finished model. Most of the detail is on the inside & can be seen in the WIP. No clever tricks to hide the blemishes... I know she's a mess in places, but she'll look just fine hanging from the ceiling of my 'office'. thanks for looking
  8. Hello all My latest offering - this is Revell's 1/48 Flying Fortress in 1/48. This is its Memphis Belle boxing of a kit dating back to the 70s, there were some fit issues and filling required. It might be stating the obvious but this kit is BIG - way too big for my display shelf, so it has had to find refuge in the garage. She was built straight from the box with no aftermarket additions, airbrushed with Revell Aqua Acrylics, then weathered with a Flory dark dirt panel line wash, some oils and pastels and a heavily diluted Tamiya acrylic mix for some exhaust stains. As well as the kit's own issues, my own shortcomings meant that I used superglue to attach the nose, forgetting that I hadn't dipped it in Klear first, hence some fogging :banghead:although I don't think that's noticeable in these pics. All in all an enjoyable build. Thanks for looking, any comments welcome Cheers Adam
  9. Hi, Something bigger - Boeing B17, Flying Fortress. I have two of them, both are from Academy kit. A bit upgrated - I added some structural elements in wheel bays and I opened inlets below leading eges. There are: 1. B17 D , Fortress I in RAF markings, Squadron 90, based in Polbrook, UK in 1941. Here I used decals by Propagteam. Recently Italeri is producing similar or the same markings with re-packed Academy kit. 2. B 17 G in USAAF, "D-day Doll" 43-37544 of 447th Bomber Group (here one can read about her: http://www.447bg.com/43-37544.htm). So, the RAF Fortress I: And B17 G: All nose art are home made (hand painted on transparent decals). NMF on B17 - Humbrol 191 & 191+drops of others (11,56,33...), brush Comments welcome Regards Jerzy-Wojtek
  10. B-17F/G Engines (for Monogram) 1:48 Eduard Brassin The old Monogram kit is of the B-17 is the only game in town if you're building in 1:48, and hails from an era where Monogram were churning out big bombers in this scale like they were going out of fashion. Alas, no longer and as such this kit is getting on a bit, but still a worthy purchase, although it does need some extra detail to bring it up to modern standards. This new set from Eduard's Brassin provides some of that, replacing the rather simplified kit engines with superb and super-detailed resin and Photo-Etch (PE) alternatives. In the long card box are four bags of resin and a bag of PE, with five sheets of PE plus a tiny sheet of decals. Each engine consists of a cylinder block, 18 resin push-rods, a PE front and back ring (you'll need to roll out the forward ring), then attach it and the kit's nacelle stub. You then place the cowling over the engine, assuming you're going to have the engines covered up of course. Detail is spectacular, with full ribbing inside the cowlings, the collector ring on the engine, and interior detail on the cowl-flaps. Scrap diagrams show the correct orientation of the cowlings, engine, and give colour call-outs for the whole engine assembly, which uses a surprisingly large number of colours, so will be fun to paint. The push-rods are separate resin parts, and you have only three spares, so be careful where you ping them while removing them from the pouring block. The bell-housing, prop governor and sump and parts of the engine fit at the front in keyed slots, and have additional fine PE parts to integrate them into the assembly. The bell-housing and front oil sump both have data plates attached to them, which are represented by decals from the small sheet. Conclusion A LOT of detail has been packed into this set, and that is reflected both in weight of the box, and the price. What you get makes it good value, and if you're looking for the ultimate in engine detail you have found it. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. 0.50cal Gun Barrels for B-17G (for HK Models) 1:32 Quickboost by Aires No-one likes scraping seams off cylindrical parts, and perhaps you're also less than keen on drilling out the barrels to give the muzzles that hollow look. It's easy to get them off-centre, as anyone that has done it before can probably attest. That's where this update set from Aires' Quickboost range comes in. Arriving in their customary flat package, it contains two moulding blocks of barrels, with protective strips running up each side. Each block contains six barrels, giving a total of twelve (in case counting isn't your strong point) highly detailed and most importantly, straight barrels that just slot straight into the breeches of the guns within the aircraft. If you already have the kit or have read my review here, you might know that you can install the kit barrels after construction and painting is complete, reducing the risk of damaging them due to handling. The same is also true of these resin replacements, with all the reduction in preparation that comes with them. They are more affordable than brass alternatives (£4.50 at Hannants at time of writing), so it won't break the bank to upgrade what is already a fairly heftily priced kit. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  12. B-17 Brass Gun Barrels (for HK Models) 1:32 Master Barrels Cleverly, HK have moulded the barrels for their new and immense 1:32 B-17G as separate parts from the breeches of the .50cals, so they can be added later to avoid knocking them off. As you can imagine, the styrene barrels can be bettered by the use of brass parts, and of course Master were always going to make replacements. It was inevitable. This set arrives in their standard package, with an inner bag heat sealed into three sections for the barrels, cooling jackets and flash-hiders. There are thirteen barrels, onto which thirteen flash hiders slide, to be fixed with a little dab of CA on the mating points. You will need to insert them carefully the first time to clear the swarf from the drilling process, but once that has been cleared out, they slide in and out nicely. If you have a piece of 1.1mm brass rod nearby, it might be wise to ream them out before inserting the barrels, which are thinner in the middle, so may conceivably bend under extreme pressure if you encounter a log-jam of brass shards. Four of the barrels are supplied with large flash-hiders that slide over the tip of the barrels to both protect the operator from the blinding flash of their weapons, and to act as an intimidating sight for enemy aircraft attacking from front or behind, by giving the impression of larger calibre guns in those positions. A scrap diagram shows the correct positioning of the parts, and a little scraping of the diagonal cut will result in a better looking finish. Conclusion There is little more appealing on a model than a set of brass barrels, and a large model like the Fortress deserves only the best aftermarket thrown at it. Because the B-17 bristles with guns, it makes sense to replace the kit parts with these brass beauties, as they are a focal point in themselves. They aren't cheap, but they're worth it. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Piotr at
  13. Archive Allsorts Is a collection of all sorts of second world war aviation pictures as revealed here using a variety of Public Domain archival images. Fieseler Fi 156C-5 Storch Fieseler Fi 156C-5 Storch, W.Nr. 4487 of Aufklärungsstaffeln 1 (Heer)/Aufklärungsgruppe 32, 1.(H)/32 at Kemijärvi, Finland during 15 September 1941. Department of Aircraft Production Beaufort Mk VIII During World War II, from August of 1941 through to August of 1944 Australia’s Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) built 700 Bristol designed Beaufort general-reconnaissance/torpedo bombers. Production of the Beaufort with a workforce of 23,800 was a tremendous industrial achievement for Australia’s fledgling aviation industry. The DAP Beaufort which equipped seventeen operational squadrons, was the backbone of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) offensive capabilities throughout the war in the South West Pacific. Shown on this page are several DAP Beaufort Mk VIII aircraft during assembly early in 1943 at Fisherman’s Bend, Victoria. Of the aircraft seen A9-271, A9-273, A9-275, A9-277 and A9-279 can be identified. All of these aircraft were delivered to 1 Aircraft Depot of the RAAF, with A9-271 arriving during 22 March 1943, followed by A9-273 plus A9-275 during 8 April 1943. A29-277 and A9-279 were subsequently delivered during19 April 1943. Wright R-1820-97 Cyclones for the Boeing B-17F-50-BO Flying Fortress Shown above as captured by Office of War Information Photographer Andreas Feininger in December of 1942, are various Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone engines prior to fitting on Boeing B-17F-50-BO Flying Fortress bomber aircraft during assembly at the Boeing Aircraft Plant, Seattle, Washington, United States of America. Lockheed P-38F Lightning Captured by Office of War Information (OWI) Photographer Russell Lee during May of 1942 a United States Army Air Force (USAAF) mechanic can be seen at work upon Lockheed P-38F Lightning 41-7511 at Lake Muroc, California, United States of America. Lend-Lease Fighters Photographed by OWI Photographer Nick Parrino, the Commander of the USAAF in the Middle East, Major General Lewis Hyde Brererton, poses with 4 Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (VVS) officers from the Soviet Union, at Abadan in Iran during March of 1943. They are seen standing in front of the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory (CBAF) built Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire FVB EP400, which was a British Lend-Lease aircraft, delivered to the VVS. Also seen behind the Spitfire shown above is Curtiss P-40K-10-CU Warhawk, 42-10107 and an unidentified Bell P-39 Airacobra, all like the Spitfire were delivered to the VVS through Lend-Lease arrangements. All of the above posted Public Domain images in this instance have been sourced from the following archives; SA-Kuva and the Library of Congress.
  14. B-17G Updates (for HK Models) 1:32 Eduard HK Models have done a fine job of their new Boeing B-17G kit, and out of the box it's a sight to behold. As I often say though, there's always room for improvement, by using mediums that are more appropriate to the task in hand and that give a better result. These mediums are Photo-Etch (PE) brass, and resin, both of which Eduard excel at now they have their Brassin range of high-quality resin upgrades. These sets are for the dedicated modeller that wants to spend the time and money on improving the level of detail to greater heights than achievable with injection moulded styrene. Today we have the immense Flap set, Engine set, Undercarriage Bay set, and the Brassin wheel set, which is pretty incredible value if the price I've seen online is correct. Flap Set (32337) This arrives in a large flat-packed back containing two sheets of PE measuring 26cm x 20.5cm each, and I have one criticism. The weight of the brass in the bag requires a little better protection than bag and card, because in the event of a corner impact, the PE will buckle, just like my set did. Fortunately, no damage has been done to the parts, but it is a definite issue with larger sets that needs addressing to avoid disappointed customers and additional costs for Eduard in having to replace damaged sets. Moaning aside, these are among some of the largest PE sheets I've seen, and certainly the largest parts I've seen. Don't be too overcome by their size though - all you'll need is a method of folding longer parts, and you'll be ok. The set doesn't look to be too taxing beyond avoiding damaging the large parts during handling. The kit doesn't need too much preparation either, as the flaps are already separate on the wing lowers, so only the oversize hinge parts are surplus to requirements. The flap bay has moulded in ribs, which must be removed and the trailing edge thinned down as much as possible. The bay is then skinned with a single part that has plenty of detail etched in already, and that is augmented by the large number of PE ribs that are double-sided for additional thickness and detail. Actuators and rams are added, and you'll need some of your own 1mm rod to finish the job, as well as some lengths of 3.2mm rod later on. Spanwise ribbing is added using additional parts, with extra parts laid to the sides of the main ribs to give them an L-shaped profile. The flaps are made up from an outer skin that has extra detail etched into both sides, which is folded, or rather curved, to create the leading edge of the flap, supported by a large number of curved formers with a convex trailing edge that butts up against a length of 3.2mm rod supplied from your stock. Another large part is glued to the rear of the rod to form the tapering back section of the ribs, and here you'll have to twist the ribs 90o to get them to stand up. A gaggle of spanwise ribs are added from the ends again, and various small parts installed to complete the details. The flaps should get be able to fix to the wing in the same manner as the real thing, although I suspect they might need to be soldered to get the necessary strength. A trio of scrap diagrams are used to assist in this process, showing you attachment points and the correct angle of the flaps. It goes without saying that you will need to build two of these assemblies in order to complete the job. Engine Set (32338) The kit engines are nicely moulded, and include one set of pistons, with an impression of the rear row, plus the pairs of push rods that are found on the front of each cylinder. The set adds detail in quadruplicate (I wasn't sure that was even a word!) to each engine and engine nacelle. The inner faces of every single cowling flap receives a detail skin made up from a single part folded to shape, and you'll be doing that job 44 times in total. The top and bottom fixed plates on the cowling ring are given detailed skins to improve the look, and the supercharger parts, which are already beautifully detailed are given additional tiny additions in the form of PE brackets and wire from your own stocks. Moving inside the cowling, the front and rear cylinder rows are linked by eight brackets attached close to the centre, and a cowling ring is added to the front of the first row by brackets on the left top of each cylinder. Each rear row also gets a detail plate added to the outer end, and a full wiring harness is added around the centre, wiring up each cylinder, with a scrap diagram showing where each one should go, between the halves of an additional guide attached to the top of each cylinder head. The central bell-housing behind the prop is given a data plate , and a row of small "pips" is removed from the rear lip. Undercarriage Set (32342) The fit of the gear bays was excellent during my tape-up test fit when I reviewed the kit, and detail was good. The parts in this set add to this appreciably in both the main wells and tail wheel well, and include a large number of skinning parts to cover bare styrene. Measuring 14.4cm x 9.2cm, it is a smaller set than the other two, but the additions are worthy. The hose from the supercharger is given more detail, as is the stepped area behind the firewall, and the ridged outer side of the bay is further improved with more parts to the ribs and trunking, all of which should look great when painted. There are also a number of small parts added to the main gear legs, such as brackets, data plates, strengtheners and linkages. The tail wheel also receives a small bracket between the yoke and leg. Wheel Set (632017) Arriving in the Brassin box associated with the larger sets, this one not only improves the wheels immensely, but is also well priced in my estimation. In the box are two huge tyres, plus four outer hubs and four inner hubs. Each one is keyed to fit correctly, and the detail is excellent, even down to the fins within the inner hub. You'll need to drill a hole in the main wheel part of the 3.5mm to 4mm diameter 9I can't get to my kit at the moment to measure the leg), but that shouldn't be too much of a problem unless you don't have any tools! Conclusion These sets are for the detail lover that wants to improve further on what is already a fascinating and well executed kit. You'll need some PE handling skills to do it justice, but at this size that's pretty standard fare. You can pick and choose which sets to buy, or wait for the Big Ed set once they're all out, or just buy a couple to suit your area of interest - entirely up to you! There are more sets coming in September, including the bomb bay and interior, so watch this space Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. B-17 Wheels (Revell/Monogram) 1:48 Eduard Brassin (648078) There's no accusing the Monogram B-17 in 1:48 of being a new tool, and as such it's a product of its time, so a set of new highly detailed resin wheels would be most welcome. That's exactly what's in the slim clamshell box, funnily enough. The box contains six pieces of grey resin, a sheet of yellow kabuki tape masks (not shown), and an instruction sheet that doubles as the backing "card". They're a drop-in replacement set, and you get the two main wheels, plus their hubs as separate parts. The tyres are a large balloon type that was necessary to handle grass field strips, and these examples have a covering of diamond tread blocks, as well as the distinctive "GOOD YBAR" logos to avoid copyright problems. The separate hubs are similarly well detailed, having the brake hose entry to the rear hub and the inflation valve on the outer hub, as well as nice hub strengthening detail that will just be seen between the hub insert and the main part. The masks cover the rim of the tyres only, so you'll need to extend the masking around the rest of the tyres to avoid overspray, but the important circular section is the point of the exercise, so just make sure you have some extra masking material handy. Conclusion Another superb set of replacement wheels from Eduard - the detail is up there in the stratosphere, and arguably the best on the market at the time of writing. Remember you'll need to cut off the moulding blocks and take precautions so you don't breathe in any of the dust, and you'll be onto a winner. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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