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B-17G ‘Ordnance Express’

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Hello everyone,


In light of the new HK B-17 being released soon, I’ve been investing some potential finishing options...


I’m almost sure to settle on a 94th BG one. Having flown into Rougham (Bury St Edmunds) a few times with the Chipmunk and having visited the little museum there, the choice seems logical.


Alas, 94th BG B-17G decals seem to be very rare....  Hopefully the HK kit will make the decal manufacturers get into gear 😀


I’m in no way a B-17 expert, but would like to know if B-17G ‘Ordnance Express’ could be built from the HK kit.  Mark Stylings made a profile, number 28 on THIS page... I know there are several types of waist guns configurations and tail turrets etc...


Looking forward to comments/suggestions!



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Well, given the serial number, this plane had unstaggered waist guns positions, and left the factory with the early tail turret, but could have been fitted with a Cheyenne tail turret, as shown on the profile, as many B-17G-45BO had it fitted in the ETO.





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Interesting! Here are some links to photos/history of 42-97358. The 1st link is to a photo of her crew in front of a B-17F,  who were shot down later while flying another B-17G, 42-5901 Superstitious Aloysius, according to references. The 3rd link under the 152nd BS lists a B-17G-45 named Double Dragon as being 42-97358, so what's that about? I think that one was a typo or transposed serial number, as everything I found identified 42-97358 as being Ordnance Express. Best I could do from what I could find in my references and research. 









https://books.google.com/books?id=SQnMBrclppQC&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=B-17+42-97358&source=bl&ots=pKNcN_awvp&sig=ACfU3U2CqMDPIUQfI-zBu4P3fQOTtkTunQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjotr2r7I_lAhUDna0KHWnvDPcQ6AEwCXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=B-17 42-97358&f=false





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