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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) hot ford coupe is offline
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      Started: 08-10-10 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I finally got a replacement wire for my computer and now I can post one of the things I'm working on. When I saw our good friend Rob Byrnes a.k.a. Lancair IV working on his B17, I felt the strong urge to make one myself but not exactly the same. This is in no way competition for Rob's B17. I just couldn't resist making one myself since I'm much more of a bomber guy than a fighter guy. This is a reissue of an older kit called the Visible B17G Flying Fortress. It's basically the old Monogram B17G but it has a clear left fusilage half so you can really see the interior detail which is usually obscured. This kit lends itself incredibly to superdetailing to whatever level you feel comfortable with whether the detail comes straight out of the box or not. With Rob's help, I intend to make this a diorama in itself since nothing will be hidden. The first thing I did was to sand all the panel lines off the clear fusilage half and thin it out so the details can be clearly seen. The clear plastic was then polished just like we would polish out an auto body before we lay down the paint. the styrene cleared up beautifully. The rest of the pictures show what I've been doing with the cockpit and the front cabin for the bombardier and navigator. There still is a ton on work left to do on this assembly but this is just the beginning. Hope you like. More to come.

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      HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00275-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00240-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00242-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00243-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00246-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00251-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00252-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00253-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00255-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00258-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00262-jpg  HFC"S Visible B17G Flying Fortress-dsc00265-jpg 


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  1. hot ford coupe's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Thanks Rob. I used thin strips of soda can aluminum. It's thin, it's cheap and it's plentiful. The wife drinks diet Sunkist burpsies and the recycle bin is always full. The only thing you have to do before you use it is sand off the coating on both sides of the aluminum. I cut a piece a few inches long, sand away and cut whatever I need. I think it's even thinner than the litho aluminum plate Irongwing used on his P51 on LSP.

    The majority of the wiring and plumbing has to be done after the bulkheads have been cemented into the fusilage.
    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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    Last night, I started to experiment with some materials and wound up with a big success. I originally was going to cement the doors between the bulkheads open an non movable. I was going to fabricate some false hinges as extra details but with a little figuring, I wound up making a functional door hinge. I only had enough time to make one but that one pretty well demonstrates how the door works. The next step is to make a second hinge, add the door latch and the metal stripping on the door to make it fit the complete opening. More fun this weekend.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by hot ford coupe View Post
    Thanks Rob. I used thin strips of soda can aluminum. It's thin, it's cheap and it's plentiful. The wife drinks diet Sunkist burpsies and the recycle bin is always full. The only thing you have to do before you use it is sand off the coating on both sides of the aluminum. I cut a piece a few inches long, sand away and cut whatever I need. I think it's even thinner than the litho aluminum plate Irongwing used on his P51 on LSP.

    The majority of the wiring and plumbing has to be done after the bulkheads have been cemented into the fusilage.
    I think he means what did you use to make the straps holding the fire extinguisher. It looks like a metal strip with a series of holes cut into it. I also noticed it on the bulkhead behind the navigator's table. It sort of looks like an automobile hose clamp.
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    Nice! Very interesting model!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer4900 View Post
    I think he means what did you use to make the straps holding the fire extinguisher. It looks like a metal strip with a series of holes cut into it. I also noticed it on the bulkhead behind the navigator's table. It sort of looks like an automobile hose clamp.
    You nailed it, Boomer. Before I switched to 1/8 scale, I had bought a number of PE sets for 1/24. I found a set with a whole bunch of hose clamps on it that I never used. I tried one and it looked great. Otherwise I would have used some metallic tape augmented with a little CA. If you thin out the soda can aluminum (aluminium for you guys across the pond), you can cut thin strips off and use that.

    Thanks Brizio for the kind words. Since I'm working on the 57 Chevy for the contest, I'm going to put the B17 on the side for a short while. As soon as I get the Chevy done, I'll be back to the Fortress. this is not over by any means.
    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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    Wow you have done a great job, it is really very nice work, I like that you model, it is awesome, I appreciate your work, thanks for sharing a beautiful pictures of your work.
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