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1/48 B-17F Build - 303rd BGs Luscious Lady
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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 02:10 PM UTC

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Watching anxiously as ever ... Keep at it Gentlemen.
Cheers- Richard



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.

"Stay Safe."

Brian

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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 01:16 PM UTC
Very nice indeed - keeps getting better !
Watching anxiously as ever ... Keep at it Gentlemen.
Cheers- Richard
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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 03:04 AM UTC

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Looking good guys. A small detail for you. The kit represents the B5 drift recorder on the left side. This was only on a few aircraft and is correct for the "Memphis Belle" as originally released. But for your bird it is not. The tube you have protruding from the lower right is for the B3 driftmeter. Those two instruments had the same function and would not have both been in the same airplane.




Thank you Karl!!
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Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:25 PM UTC
Looking good guys. A small detail for you. The kit represents the B5 drift recorder on the left side. This was only on a few aircraft and is correct for the "Memphis Belle" as originally released. But for your bird it is not. The tube you have protruding from the lower right is for the B3 driftmeter. Those two instruments had the same function and would not have both been in the same airplane.

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Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 04:03 PM UTC
WINDOW DRESSING

Yes, the work continues. (Did you have any doubt?) H.G. completed drilling out the windows in the nose and at the radio room and the results are spectacular.









I'm looking forward to seeing the document on the radioman's table remain visible once the window is installed.

H.G. has also started installing detailed rivets in the nose



While being mindful of our need to relocate the pitot tubes



per Karl's suggestion below.



(Karl's work not ours).

The instruments themselves are also being reworked.



That would not even have occurred to me if I were soldiering on by myself.

Seeing how the work is progressing



I'm reminded of the restoration of the Memphis Belle.



An added treat is H.G.'s continuing work on scribing and riveting from the nose back to the radio room.








Obviously the cockpit windows are going to need to be replaced. But, I sent a number of replacement windows to H.G. and I know they will be put to good use.

Here is some fine extra detailing on the roof itself.



And equally fine work heading aft of the cockpit.




I am told, just wait until the primer is put on.











More to follow, of course.
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 - 11:24 PM UTC

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WINDOW REPLACEMENT


It's available online at the link, and if you care to read it you'll get the analogy to this effort! And yeah, Kafka was a bit strange. He was, after all, the guy who wrote Metamorphosis, the story about the man who went to bed one night and woke up changed into a giant cockroach. (I'll spare you some book cover art on it. The very idea is creepy enough as it is.)

More to follow, but in the plastic, not literary arts!



Will have to purchase that one. His style of writing is of my liking.

Great you're still on this one. Every once & a while I lurk inside. Great job and model.



You can actually read the whole story online at the link. Thanks for stopping by.
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 - 07:01 PM UTC

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WINDOW REPLACEMENT



So, we're at the point where H.G. is starting something that I dreamed we might do but felt had such inherent risks I wondered if it was really possible.

To begin, the kit windows never fit correctly. They weren't designed to fit flush with the skin of the aircraft and as the overall quality of the build started to improve under H.G.'s hands we both felt that "window replacement" was a necessity.

Also, to be candid, the damn things were dirty and just wouldn't clean up.

The question was, how to accomplish window replacement on a completed fuselage, especially in the nose? You will recall that the side windows were glued-in in a way that made it impossible to just pop them out.

The only answer is drilling them out, and that's what you'll see below.
















The breadth of the work on this model overwhelms me sometimes, and I'm not even doing it! The project is beginning to remind me of an early short story by Franz Kafka: "The Great Wall of China."



It's available online at the link, and if you care to read it you'll get the analogy to this effort! And yeah, Kafka was a bit strange. He was, after all, the guy who wrote Metamorphosis, the story about the man who went to bed one night and woke up changed into a giant cockroach. (I'll spare you some book cover art on it. The very idea is creepy enough as it is.)

More to follow, but in the plastic, not literary arts!



Will have to purchase that one. His style of writing is of my liking.

Great you're still on this one. Every once & a while I lurk inside. Great job and model.
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 - 12:25 PM UTC
WINDOW REPLACEMENT



So, we're at the point where H.G. is starting something that I dreamed we might do but felt had such inherent risks I wondered if it was really possible.

To begin, the kit windows never fit correctly. They weren't designed to fit flush with the skin of the aircraft and as the overall quality of the build started to improve under H.G.'s hands we both felt that "window replacement" was a necessity.

Also, to be candid, the damn things were dirty and just wouldn't clean up.

The question was, how to accomplish window replacement on a completed fuselage, especially in the nose? You will recall that the side windows were glued-in in a way that made it impossible to just pop them out.

The only answer is drilling them out, and that's what you'll see below.
















The breadth of the work on this model overwhelms me sometimes, and I'm not even doing it! The project is beginning to remind me of an early short story by Franz Kafka: "The Great Wall of China."



It's available online at the link, and if you care to read it you'll get the analogy to this effort! And yeah, Kafka was a bit strange. He was, after all, the guy who wrote Metamorphosis, the story about the man who went to bed one night and woke up changed into a giant cockroach. (I'll spare you some book cover art on it. The very idea is creepy enough as it is.)

More to follow, but in the plastic, not literary arts!
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Posted: Monday, June 08, 2020 - 05:40 AM UTC

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Looks great! I don't know how one even holds on to something that small. I end up chasing that sort of thing all over creation! And there are times when the carpet monster wins...



Karl & Others: H.B. advises he is not finished with the Bombsight. I know the metal platform on which the entire sight and "autopilot" components sit has to be painted aluminum, but we'll just have to see what else is in store.
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Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2020 - 05:24 AM UTC

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Looks great! I don't know how one even holds on to something that small. I end up chasing that sort of thing all over creation! And there are times when the carpet monster wins...



I agree, the rubber gloves holding the sight tell the story on size.

Ah yes, the carpet monster. For me these days, its cousin on the work table top is almost an equal menace.
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Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2020 - 03:50 AM UTC
Brian,
I'd say that HG has certainly done it again with that super detailed Norton bomb sight.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2020 - 03:42 AM UTC
Looks great! I don't know how one even holds on to something that small. I end up chasing that sort of thing all over creation! And there are times when the carpet monster wins...
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Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2020 - 03:18 AM UTC

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Beautiful !



Thanks!
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Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2020 - 03:15 AM UTC
Beautiful !
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Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2020 - 03:11 AM UTC
VECTOR NORDEN BOMBSIGHT DETAILS

Now that Karl Hauffe has cleared up what the configuration of the Norden Bombsight looked like in the B-17F nose, it's time to showcase H.G.'s detailing of the Vector 1/48 version of this "secret weapon," which the Germans apparently the plans for as early as 1938!). See Malcolm Gladwell's somewhat polemical Ted Talk, "The strange tale of the Norden bombsight." This is not to take away from the brave bombardiers who used it in combat, or H.G.'s detailing of it!

Without further ado, here's the real thing (again)



and H.G.'s replication of it.













It certainly merits multiple views.

I note that we are now well over a year into H.G.'s work on this project! The ambitions to make the best possible B-17 model in 1/48 are evident from the huge amount of work he has already put into it! For that I am grateful.
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Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 06:42 AM UTC

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Brian,
All I can say once again is that I'm simply speechless. World Class modeler building a world class model. Just can't get any better then that.

joel



Well, Joel, I've been damn lucky in this mad quest. I am very reliant on the artistic skill of H.G. and the expertise of Karl to get this far. I am both grateful and kinda exhilarated at this point because we're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 02:12 AM UTC

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Most of the Boeing built airplanes had that color difference. If you get at the right angles you can see the same on the horizontal stabs and the outer wing panels as well. Near as I can tell, Boeing had a different paint supplier and theirs was just a lighter OD. But it was not Medium Green that the sub-contractors used. I have experimented in achieving this effect and never seem to do it the same way twice. I have been using the MRP paints lately so I base the model in their OD 41 then go over the main fuselage and inner wings with their Light Khaki. But the contrast is not quite enough so that is something you will want to experiment with. And of course, the paint brand you use will offer other options.



Thanks for this! It will be a lively topic of discussion between H.G. and me, for sure.

Let me also "let the cat out of the bag" at this point about Vicious Virgin. Kind of by unspoken and then spoken mutual agreement, HG and I decided that after he finishes Luscious Lady, he will do a version of Vicious Virgin. It won't be as opened up as Luscious Lady, but it will feature other elements that we don't see in this build, such as open flaps.

These two aircraft of the two main B-17s that the crew I wrote about in Half a Wing flew, and I don't believe that Vicious Virgin has been kitted or done by anyone.

I'm probably going to tackle the aluminum finish 303rd B-17G Idaliza for the upcoming Eighth Air Force campaign using the 1/48 HK kit.




More on that later.
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 09:44 PM UTC
Most of the Boeing built airplanes had that color difference. If you get at the right angles you can see the same on the horizontal stabs and the outer wing panels as well. Near as I can tell, Boeing had a different paint supplier and theirs was just a lighter OD. But it was not Medium Green that the sub-contractors used. I have experimented in achieving this effect and never seem to do it the same way twice. I have been using the MRP paints lately so I base the model in their OD 41 then go over the main fuselage and inner wings with their Light Khaki. But the contrast is not quite enough so that is something you will want to experiment with. And of course, the paint brand you use will offer other options.

Here are a few of my attempts:










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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 01:56 PM UTC

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The reason you thought that was because you were right! I don't remember why I thought LL had the molded recess. Sorry to confuse things! I will go back in my hole now...



No need! Thanks for your input, as always. What makes these pics so hard to interpret is that the circular hole in front of the nose appears smaller than the one in Miss Quachita. Also, there is some external collar around the base of the barrel where it projects out of the nose of Vicious Virgin, which clearly isn't present in Luscious Lady. The way I interpret the two 303rd A/C is they they have the same nose opening, but Vicious Virgin's gun is seated somewhat farther back, and the barrel consequently doesn't extend as far out from the nose. That appearance is accentuated by that collar around the barrel outside the cone, which makes it look even shorter.

While we're at it, the formation shot of Vicious Virgin raises a question I've always wanted to ask you. The photo shows a prominent dark color on the vertical stabilizer. Some books have claimed it's because the subcontractor making the vertical stabilizer got the specs wrong and used "Medium Green 42" instead of standard OD (I forget the precise nomenclature).

I don't really buy that though. I think it's just a much darker shade of OD. What's your view?

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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:39 PM UTC
The reason you thought that was because you were right! I don't remember why I thought LL had the molded recess. Sorry to confuse things! I will go back in my hole now...
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 11:52 AM UTC

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I have a couple I will post here.



Karl:

I'd like your analysis of both Luscious Lady and Vicious Virgin from these pics. They are the best nose shots I have of both aircraft, and why I have thought (for years) that they had basically the same nose configuration.

Please lemme know your thoughts after studying them.

LUSCIOUS LADY



The length of the barrel out of the nose made me think that the full barrel (or most of it) extended through the nose. And check out the nose details below, with particular attention to the dark "conical?" base at the front of the nose.



And this one, FWIW.




VICIOUS VIRGIN

This is the best nose shot that exists, IMO.



From the other side.



You can see why I thought it might be like Miss Quachita.

And of course, the classic picture of the aircraft.

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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10:06 AM UTC

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BTW, another question. Is Vicious Virgin's nose configuration the same as Luscious Lady's? (There's a reason I ask).



No, it is not. It looks more like the one on "Miss Ouachita" although the only photo I can find is not that sharp.



I have a couple I will post here.
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 07:09 AM UTC

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BTW, another question. Is Vicious Virgin's nose configuration the same as Luscious Lady's? (There's a reason I ask).



No, it is not. It looks more like the one on "Miss Ouachita" although the only photo I can find is not that sharp.
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Not a head on view, but maybe this photo can help.

https://b17flyingfortress.de/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/42-3073.jpg



Thank you so much! That's awesome!
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Not a head on view, but maybe this photo can help.

https://b17flyingfortress.de/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/42-3073.jpg