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Thom216

1/72 B-17B '10'

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l have the same kit and planning on doing it once l get my research done. Tons of info on the later models but the B is a harder nut to crack. Right now l am trying to find more info on the rear guns. Seeing you got those tear drop blisters you can see a lot of the interior.

 

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So far this is the best l can do at the moment but l keep looking. l believe there is a B model being restored but not sure if it is that or the D. l will have to find some updates somewhere. Also be aware that all Academy B-17 wings need shimming to get the correct dihedral as the kit one is too high and you need to lower it to the correct position

 

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I'm hoping I can see at least some of what I'm putting in. If not, then when I get around to the Academy C/D kits I'll just slap the fuse sides together!😁

 

That is a nice pic of the gun blister. I found another from the 229 in '35 that's taken from further back.

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Another from the rear looking forward, or so it looks.

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An a close up from the outside.

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From here you can see the gun tracks are closed up, as well as the drooped elevators. The blisters also have far less framing than the earlier models.  Also a good shot of the tail lights.

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The belly blister. Awkward position, that.

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And looking forward in a C, with the unique floor arrangement because of the bathtub.

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And are you sure about the floor plan? I was basing my decision to split the flight deck based on these two pics.

The caption from the site states this as an 'early shark tail.' It has the old yokes and the split deck, as you can see the floor drop down under the seats.

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And this showing the armament layout of the B with the early blisters, but also showing the drop in the flight deck floor.

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As to the early 17 under restoration, that would be 'the Swoose,' at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

 

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On 11/11/2018 at 3:50 PM, stevej60 said:

Some superb work going on here Thom I'mliking it a lot!

Thank you very much! Again, most of it probably won't be seen and I'll probably give myself a little slap atop the head when I'm done, but just in case right?!

 

As for now, my slow build pace continues. I made another fire extinguisher for the rear bulkhead and mounted it into place.

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This pic is just before the lintel snapped off and had to be replaced...

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And I have to give props to Ol' Scrapiron, without whom I would not have tried putting handles on the radio gear and ammo boxes. Thank you!

 

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I've had to replace a couple of those handles already, as my thick fingers are tending to bulldoze into the radio room whenever I pick it up!

 

I then started to build the rear floor. From the pics it looks like a split level with a 'bridge' going along the side passing the belly gun position.

Here I wish I had pics of the B model's interior, as what I've built is definitely more indicative of the C model, just with a blister position rather than the tub.

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And pretty much done with the floor here.

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Just test fitted here to see how it'll go.

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Next up is the guns. As well as some PE replacement barrels, I need to mount them as well as creating the hardware to do that. In the waist positions, they rest in gimbles inside the bubbles. so I'll try to mount them similarly there. Or try to fake the look of the gimbles and mount them as instructed. Top and bottom will be tucked into recesses. Or at least with the bottom gun, made to look like it's tucked in, as there is no room in there without some major surgery for the whole gun.

 

Then I'll be back into the cockpit, and hopefully with the PE seats in hand as they are still in the mail...

 

Still moving along and hoping to get to painting the interior soon!

 

Thom

 

 

 

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Smashing job , Fine detailing in there thom, it'll be a great shame to zip it up

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Yet more excellent scratch-building Thom.

Anybody building one of the early B-17's could do a lot worse than recreating the work that you have done here, and I plan to do one myself in the future.

Truly excellent work mate.

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21 hours ago, Hewy said:

Smashing job , Fine detailing in there thom, it'll be a great shame to zip it up

 

10 hours ago, modelling minion said:

Yet more excellent scratch-building Thom.

Anybody building one of the early B-17's could do a lot worse than recreating the work that you have done here, and I plan to do one myself in the future.

Truly excellent work mate.

 

2 hours ago, DJJunis said:

Dude this is just fantastic. Really great modelling!

All the Best!

Don

Thanks a lot guys! I really appreciate it. It's like a shot in the arm to keep the momentum up, and tell myself not to have another half-build under the table!🙃

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Don't even joke about not finishing it--- the work you're doing looks so good it would be an absolute crime to not see her through. 

 

Too bad there's not a clear fuselage option for you to really show off all that scratch work.

 

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