Watching anxiously as ever ... Keep at it Gentlemen.
Yes. After ALL this time I daresay it's "end in sight" time or perhaps "the beginning of the end."
After H.G. finishes riveting the fuselage the major steps that will remain include essentially scratch-building the ball turret, painting the props, gluing the wings on, the delicate task of aligning the main landing gear and then the bomb bay doors, completing the repairs and upgrades to the nose, including the Plexiglas front, and refurbished guns throughout the aircraft. (Not necessarily in that order.)
He will be doing some extra things to the top turret canopy and to the cockpit windows.
Then, of course, there is the whole matter of primer coats and what will be a very elaborate mosaic of different OD tones, neutral grays, exhaust and supercharger staining on the upper and lower wings, and all the other myriad details that go into finishing a project of this size.
Years ago I saw a fantastic build by a Greek guy of a Mark II Halifax from the old and horrible FM kit. This was in 1/48. I've written about it here before.
The build is off the Internet now, and I sure wish that I had printed it out and turned it into a PDF before that happened. What the guy did included widening the fuselage when his precise measurements showed that the fuselage was actually too narrow to accommodate a realistic mid-upper turret. That simply blew me off the planet.
But what I remember most was him describing the build by saying that a project of that magnitude never really "ended," but rather was halted at a very advanced level of construction. That's kind of how I see this project too, for obvious reasons.
It would be great if it was done this year but I don't insist on any deadlines. The dream of building/having built "the perfect B-17F model" has been with me for over 21 years now, and I guess seven since I started "Luscious Lady" myself. So I can afford to wait. See the prior posts where I talked about the book-related, commission build of "Vicious Virgin," which never happened.
In the meantime, I'll continue my own work on new kits and repairs of things I've bought.