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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) Lancair IV is offline
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      Model Scale: 1/8 Rating:  (2 votes - 5.00 average) Thanks: 0
      Started: 03-12-09 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I know this isn't a large scale airplane, but it will be very detailed in every way I can think of. I've ordered Eduards Photo Etch Kits, True Details Resin B-17 Flying Fortress parts, Squadron B-17 Flying Fortress Canopies, and as you can see by the pictures below, scratch building a lot of components. All flight surfaces will move as well.

      Picture 1 - Tail Wheel Assembly before soldering together
      Picture 2 - Tail Wheel Assembly soldered up and in place. The jack screw support was too big so I made another one.
      Picture 3 - Tail Bulkheads, Tail Wheel Housing ready for paint. I'll make the canvas after the housing is installed
      Picture 4 - Elevator hinge components
      Picture 5 - Elevator attached to the Horizintal Stab with a hinge pin
      Picture 6 - Elevators in the down position
      Picture 7 - Elevators in the up position

      Thanks to xken for teaching me the art of soldering and working with brass

      If anyone has access to B-17 blue prints / drawings, please e-mail me. I would like to borrow them during htis build. Thanks

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      B-17 Flying Fortress-474-jpg  B-17 Flying Fortress-090305-tail-wheel-002-jpg  B-17 Flying Fortress-090305-tail-wheel-005-jpg  B-17 Flying Fortress-090312-tail-bulk-heads-001-jpg  B-17 Flying Fortress-090312-elevators-003-jpg  B-17 Flying Fortress-090312-elevators-004-jpg  B-17 Flying Fortress-090312-elevators-011-jpg  B-17 Flying Fortress-090312-elevators-012-jpg 


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  1. Tage's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    Amazing build Rob.
    I'm not an aircraft guy, but this build could change my mind.
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    G'day Rob. It's about time I got in here to tell you how much I'm blown away by the fantastic work you're doing. I've been watching your work of art coming together, I love it but I just can't bring myself to build a flying machine. I'm getting more pleasure out of just watching your build. Those LED's are great. I'm going to replace the "grain of wheat" bulbs in my half built 1/6 Suzuki Katana (one day), and turn on a few more lights also.

    Keep up the brilliant work mate.
    Cheers, Dave.
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    I received some great weathering B-17 Flying Fortress advice on another forum and decided the props needed more. What do you think?





    Cheers
    Rob Byrnes
    Novi, Mi.

    On the Bench
    1:48 Monogram B-17 Flying Fortress (Extreem Detail)
    Scratch build Lancair 235

    In the planning Stages
    1:48 US WWII Bombers B-26, B-29

    Recently Completed
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    Id say more on the tips, they always suffered more than the rest of the blade, remember they often operated from unmade grass strips not always nice made runways.
    Great work though man.....as always!

    Doc.
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    Wondering, WHY ME? since 1972.
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    I started the Flap Pockets before I left last week. The pockets were completed on 1/31/11




    After some filling and sanding B-17 Flying Fortress , I decided to slap some primer B-17 Flying Fortress on the wings and see how bad they are. WOW, do I have a lot of work to do.




    Cheers
    Rob Byrnes
    Novi, Mi.

    On the Bench
    1:48 Monogram B-17 Flying Fortress (Extreem Detail)
    Scratch build Lancair 235

    In the planning Stages
    1:48 US WWII Bombers B-26, B-29

    Recently Completed
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-51
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-51A
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-36 Apache
    1:48 Tamiya P-51D
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    Have not had time to do any work on the Fort. I'm still spending my weekdays in Grand Rapids. Oh well.. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am employed. Life is good.....

    When I started doing the flaps, I decided that I needed to make the wings look a little more realistic. It lacked rivets.
    This is what a B-17 wing really looks like. Thousands of rivets and their not flush!


    Last week I received a package from Archer Transfers. I under estimated what I needed so I will probably have to order more. I'll complete the first wing, then order more.

    These are applied just like Decals. No worry about silvering because I'm painting over them anyhow.






    Thanks for looking
    Rob Byrnes
    Novi, Mi.

    On the Bench
    1:48 Monogram B-17 Flying Fortress (Extreem Detail)
    Scratch build Lancair 235

    In the planning Stages
    1:48 US WWII Bombers B-26, B-29

    Recently Completed
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-51
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-51A
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-36 Apache
    1:48 Tamiya P-51D
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    Ahaaaaaaaaa !! sSo that's how it's done. I was going to use a riveting tool to make those. That should look a lot more realistic.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Hey Rob. I went and picked up a bunch of those resin B-17 Flying Fortress rivets for myself. My LHS B-17 Flying Fortress just got them in. I even got the access panels and doors. Now I have to get all the electric stuff.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    I have not had a lot of time to work on the Fort. I've been working 70+ hours a week, I had the flu the beginning of this week. Enough excuses... Back too work in the shop. Still working on rivets on the engine nacels.



    Cheers
    Rob Byrnes
    Novi, Mi.

    On the Bench
    1:48 Monogram B-17 Flying Fortress (Extreem Detail)
    Scratch build Lancair 235

    In the planning Stages
    1:48 US WWII Bombers B-26, B-29

    Recently Completed
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-51
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-51A
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-36 Apache
    1:48 Tamiya P-51D
    QUOTE QUOTE #190

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    Rob,
    Do those just get a flatting agent to hide the film? Whats next?
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    They shouldn't need anything to hide the film. The film gets covered by the paint. This is one place you have to be very careful how you put down the paint. You don't have a lot of room for sanding B-17 Flying Fortress . I'l be covering my B17 with aluminum foil. I still have to figure out how to get some overlapping panels without seeing any lumpy edges.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    That Archer was an other fine link to special needed stuf as the 3D slides.
    I have suggested a place here on SCM to put these fine links on special stuf from around the world.
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    Look who's back. The B-26 has been gone for a month, I finally got the shop cleaned up, I'm not traveling anymore (for now) so it's back too work. I want to get this done so I can start a new project......... More on that later. Try and guess.....

    The RH Wing rivets are complete. I need to figure out a way to mask the fibre optic wing tip lights so I don't primer B-17 Flying Fortress and paint on them. Any ideas?















    Onto the Left Wing.

    Cheers
    Rob Byrnes
    Novi, Mi.

    On the Bench
    1:48 Monogram B-17 Flying Fortress (Extreem Detail)
    Scratch build Lancair 235

    In the planning Stages
    1:48 US WWII Bombers B-26, B-29

    Recently Completed
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-51
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-51A
    1:48 Accurate Miniatures P-36 Apache
    1:48 Tamiya P-51D
    QUOTE QUOTE #194

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    Good to see you back Rob, I love this build, looking forward to see what you add next!
    Duke of Burl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancair IV View Post
    I need to figure out a way to mask the fibre optic wing tip lights so I don't primer B-17 Flying Fortress and paint on them. Any ideas?
    I would think that using a liquid mask B-17 Flying Fortress applied carefully with a small brush could work. Your LHS B-17 Flying Fortress should probably have some, or otherwise, a craft store probably would if you don't already have some. It's great stuff. Just apply it, wait for it to dry, paint, and carefully peel it off when you're done.
    -Steve
    "Success and failure are the same choice; only attitude determines the difference." Ross A. Halliday
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