Ol' Scrapiron Posted January 30, 2019 Author Share Posted January 30, 2019 Stuff is about to get breakable... Actually, there already have been a number of things break off that have been repaired along the way, but it's about to get real delicate! My task for today was the extendable trailing antenna located on the left side of the fuselage between the ball turret and the waist windows. Here's what it looks like as seen on B-17F 42-29782 Boeing Bee in Seattle... ... and on B-17G 44-85784 Sally B in England and you can just make it out beneath the fuselage star in this shot of B-17G 42-32076 Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby So on to the project... I started out by stretching some sprue -- a slow pull so I'd be leaving it pretty thick. I let that cool for a minute and then nipped it about an inch from the sprue stub it came from. Carefully I applied indirect heat from a match at the very end so it would start working back on itself leaving a thicker blob at the end. It took a few tries but I got one I liked. Before this build I never would have attempted this, but since it worked for the gun barrels I carefully drilled out the stem of the sprue so I could feed a tiny bit of wire into it. Painted it up... ... and installed through a hole drilled in the fuselage. Looks a bit like one of the German handgrenades to me, but as long as I don't break it off it will be one of the cool little extras. I also drilled out holes where the aerial antenna will feed into the Radio room. 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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