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Old 11-02-2018, 08:27 PM
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Default 1/72 B-17B '10'

I know, I still have the Seafire build incomplete, but what's anew abouta thata?

Well it just so happens that right now I'm in the B-17 GB on Britmodeller, and I decided to get into my Academy B-17B kit. I am now of the opinion that the early 17s, up to the D, were the sexiest Fortresses ever out there. Love those shark tails! At the other end of the spectrum is the brutishly beautiful G, but since I've never built a Fortress before, I've decided to start on the earliest model I can get.

Really wish someone would put out either a model or a conversion of the Model 229...

Anyway, here's the kit art work, with my intended front and center.


Everything still bagged.


I flirted with using resin engines and turbochargers, but the turbochargers are made for an Airfix kit and are too small, and I decided not to monkey with resin engines this time around. However, the kit offerings are not that good, so I'll be robbing a Revell kit for its engines.

As with any build, we start in the cockpit and the first thing to do is to cut the kit plastic. For some reason, Academy made the floor of the flight deck as a single level, when it should have a step in it. I cut the floor just in front of the holes for the front seats, and also flipped it over as it is horribly marred by ejector pin marks.



I used two pieces of L-shaped styrene to lower and support the lower floor as they were glued back together.



As that was drying, I also took care of some ejector marks in the bombardiers floor.



The bomb bay will be closed, but the bridge crossing it is important for support, so that was put together. I also turned the walls around in order to use the detail that would have been visible with an open bomb bay.




I also started cutting down the seats, as they are too tall and thick.



After that, I turned to the interior detail, or lack thereof and took out the styrene strip. I'm sure not much will be seen through most of the glazings, but I figure it should be there, just in case.



I also marked out where the rear radio room bulkhead should be placed, and then cut one out of blank styrene, leaving the door open.




A quick return to the cockpit floor saw it glued to the nose's interior, once again using L-shaped styrene to strengthen the butt join.




And then a test fit of the parts so far, with a floor for the radio room glued in. The forward bulkhead of the radio room has also been cut down and a floor put in as a place for the upper gun to be stowed. Pics show most of the guns were on sliding tracks, and were drawn inside the plane when not in use. The top one will be tucked in there.




I have most of the ribbing done on the interior by now. Next up will be detailing the radio room with a table and some equipment and making the distinctive floor for the rear of the fuselage. I've also cut out a hole in the belly for the lower gun blister. The ins would have it glued straight to the bottom, but I'm hoping some extra detail might be seen, or at least a little more light getting though it!

On order are some resin oxygen bottles as well as two flight deck PE sets which should give me four PE seats to replace the kit's, and augment the prepainted instrument panel. I'll also be adding some piping and detail to the gear bays and opening up the turbocharger inlets in the leading edges of the wings.

More to follow!

And just FYI, the oldest B-17, a D model named the 'Swoose' is currently under restoration at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

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