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  1. Here is the link: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/hkm-b-17-t511972.html
  2. Great looking cockpit. I really like the detail work, especially the gauge cluster.
  3. I have had the same problem with warped wings on Revellogram 1/48 scale bombers, namely the B-29, B-24 and B-58. I solved the problem by straightening the wings using an architects scale, clamp and rubber bands. The architect's scale is super stiff, it removes the warp from the wing and makes it flat. Works like a charm. This is a B-24 wing. This is a B-58 wing. This is a B-29 wing. This is the warped B-29 wing after using the architect's scale trick. It is straight as an arrow.
  4. You could try Imgur for posting pictures. I have used it for a couple of years. It's a little klutzy at times, but it's free.
  5. Can I assume that those gun barrels would work on any of the 1/48 Revellogram bombers?
  6. I took a look at the review of the B-17G. It is interesting that the forward and rear portions of the fuselage are separate parts. Maybe HK intends to produce different versions of the B-17 using different nose and tail parts.
  7. Curt, Just give the things that you are talking about a try. You will not know what you are capable of unless you try. I hate to repeat this old saying, but it is very true, "If at first you do not succeed, try, try again." My first model finished in Bare Metal Foil was a real mess. The next one was better, the following one was much better and so on. We are all capable of amazing things.
  8. I recently built a 1/48 Tamiya MIG 15 bis. It's an older kit, so it has some minor problems. I don't know how accurate it is, but I like the final result. One more thing about this kit. It includes a highly detail jet engine. The fuselage can be separated into front and rear sections which allows viewing of the engine. The problem is that the latch that holds the two sections together does not work very well, so I modeled the fuselage as a single piece. The model is finished in Bare Metal Foil with an acrylic weathering.
  9. I agree, filling and sanding is no fun. I tend to build 1/48 Revellogram airplanes which are notorious for poor joints especially at the engine nacelles. I put on some "power rock" music, drink coffee, and work at it till it's done knowing that the effort will result in a nice looking finished model. Below is one of my B-29's engine nacelles. It took multiple attempts of filling and sanding the nacelle joint, but the result was worth the effort. Honestly, the music really helps me take my mind off of the filling and sanding. I find that building models in silence is no fun at all.
  10. When I got back into modeling about five years ago, I worked on a number of kits at the same time. In a short time I realized that none of my kits were being finished. I would partially finish a kit, lose interest, and start another kit. It was like I was addicted to the thrill of "opening the kit's box for the first time". Now I only work on one model at a time. Not only do I now work on a model until it is finished, but I also have time to do other things (live life).
  11. Great looking model!! I love old Monogram/Revell1/48 kits.
  12. Here is another pic of my B-29. Not only are the painted surfaces a different color that the foiled surfaces, but the texture of the two surfaces is also different. It would be possible to duplicate this using paint instead of foil. The majority of the model would be painted in a gloss aluminum paint and the center section of the wing painted in a dull light gray paint.
  13. I use Testors' Metalizer Aluminum for the painted areas of NMF airplanes, such as the middle wing area of a B-29. It provides a nice contrast to the remainder of the model which was finished in Bare Metal Foil. After the paint dried I sealed it using Testors' Metalizer Sealer. I did not buff the paint. I left it in it's natural mat finish.
  14. I usually build model airplanes and sometimes I just get board building airplanes. When that happens I switch over to building a model car. Now I'm going to really stir the pot and build a wood ship.
  15. Now, this is an interesting picture. It looks like the hubs of the outboard engines of the B-17 are located at the wing's centerline. I like this picture. It shows the different locations of the main wings on the B-17 (bottom), B-24 (top) and B-29 (middle).
  16. The wing is correct, the outboard engine appears to be located above the wing instead of below the wing. However, I have never seen a real B-17, so I shouldn't be making comments. Who knows if the engine locations on my Revellogram B-17 is correct? I don't.
  17. Here is a side photo (excuse the crappy nacelle joint) showing how the centerline of the prop hub relates to the centerline of the wing of my Revellogram B-17.
  18. I just looked at my Revellogram B-17 and the prop hubs appear to be below the centerline of the wing's leading edge.
  19. I don't know if this will help, but here is a photo of a turbo-supercharger from a Lockheed F5G-6-LO.
  20. A little too much caffeine tonight 😀
  21. The panel lines on he HK model seem really wide and deep. As I recall, the actual plane does not have pronounced panel lines. I think that the panels on the actual plane overlapped at the panel joints.
  22. I respect everyone's opinion on this subject. It will be interesting to find out why the plane went down.
  23. Letting people crawl through an old airplane is a safe thing to do. I did that a few years ago and I had a great experience. It gave me a whole different opinion of the brave young men that fought in those planes. However, flying passengers in a 77 year old airplane is a whole different thing.
  24. According to my brother-in-law, who is a PI attorney, this is what is going to happen. The families of the people that were injured and killed are going to hire personal injury attorneys. The company that owned the B-17 and that ran the flight tours is going to be sued for negligence. The waivers of liability that the passengers signed do not absolve the tour company from negligence. I would also guess that insurance companies do not cover negligence. In the event that the tour company is found guilty of negligence they are screwed, which is unfortunate because I am sure that they feel that they are doing a good thing.
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