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Double Trouble 1/48 B-17F

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Here is my planned build- B-17F-25-DL "Double Trouble'. I've had the kit for well over 10 years, and this group build is a good excuse to clear it out of the stash and put it on the shelf.

Double Trouble was assigned to the 333 BS/94BG and flew from 10 June 1943 to 4 October 1943. She crash landed in Margate, England after a mission to St.Dizier, France. The aircraft was salvaged after the crash and never flew again.

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The kit and some aftermarket that may be used, or serve as patterns for scratchbuilt parts.

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Chris

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Looks really cool. I thought about getting those decals a while back. You should do a crash landing dio. I don't think we have anyone doing a crashed dio in the GB.

Welcome aboard.

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Another F! SWEET!

I'm with you! Looking forward to seeing DT come to life, all be it in plastic form, but still!

Cheers,

Mark.

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Here are a few photos to show that I have started work on my B-17. I intended to build this kit with a few modifications to bring it up to at least 1990's standards, but I'm having trouble controlling the urges to go wild on this and super detail it to death. I keep reminding myself that my life is busy and I only have three months to complete it. :salute:

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The framing in the nose.

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More framing

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Nose compartment bulkhead

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The nose and radio room floors.

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Radio room floor... necessary because the walkway around the ball turret goes to starboard on the F model.

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Radio room forward wall.

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Radio room aft wall.

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The start of the Liaison Radios

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Cockpit details

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The pilots' seat supports and a modified Monogram B-17G seat.

That's all for now.... next up framing the rear of the fuselage, aft cockpit bulkhead details. and heating units, fire extinguishers, intercom controls, portable oxygen bottles, oxygen control panels, intercom controls for all compartments.

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I really wish I could scrap build like that. :whistle::cheers:

A fantstic start crystoffer.

Can I pick you brains sir? What thickness Evergreen are you using for the ribbing?

Cheers

Deacon

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You guys with your scratchbuilding is incredible.

my thoughts exactly

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Beautiful work. I am saving this tread too for future reference for my "F" build. I would also like to know what size strips you are using for the ribbing.

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I really wish I could scrap build like that. :whistle::whistle:

A fantstic start crystoffer.

Can I pick you brains sir? What thickness Evergreen are you using for the ribbing?

Cheers

Deacon

Sorry for the delayed response. We were away for the weekend.

The longerons are .010x.020 strip and the frames are .020x.020 strip. The floors and bulkheads are .030 sheet. The wider frames are cut from .020 sheet. Most added details (shelves, brackets and such) are .010 sheet. The radios are .020 strip of various widths cut and glued into the desired sized boxes. Choosing the best thickness strip or sheet is not too difficult. I look at the available pictures of the real thing, try to scale the photo to close to the actial size on the model. Then I choose the strip or sheet that looks best. One thing that helps keep everything in overall "scale", is to search the internet for the actual dimensions of the real equipment, You would be suprised at the wealth of data that is availble from special interest groups, collectors, or traders. Doing the research helps in matching the correct width strip or rod to the desired piece of eqipment. This also comes in handy when you don't have the correct sized strips and have to laminate pieces together.

Chris

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Thanks for that Chris, I appreciate the feedback. :thumbsup:

I don't suppose you would be interested in creating a "Scratch Build" video on YouTube so some of us can watch and learn? :D

Deacon

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First let me say that I am blown away by everyone's projects in this group build. You have all been a great inspiration and help with my B-17. I haven't gotten as far along as I hoped, but I am happy with the progress so far. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves, so here they are.

The starboard fuselage

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The Port fuselage

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Bombadier/Navigator's floor

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Navigator's bulkhead

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Cockpit bulkhead

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Radio room roof

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Radio room bulkhead

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There are more things finished, but I don't have photos of the yet. Hopefully I can post more photos this weekend.

Chris

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Damn!Nice work and awesome scratch building! I really like the radio room roof!

What paint did you use for the waist and nose interior? Look's nice and shiny smooth.......

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Most IMPRESSIVE scratch building....

WAY TO GO Chris....

Look forward to more outstanding jaw dropping work..

:clap2::clap2::clap2:

HOLMES

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Really like that radio room roof. That needs to be cast in resin ;)

Ken

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Really like that radio room roof. That needs to be cast in resin ;)

Ken

If I were to cast copies, they would be extremely delicate. The roof is made of 0.10 sheet stock. It wasn't hard to make. The wider section at the front will be hidden by the forward bulkhead, and semi-circle of 0.30 sheet that matches the diameter of the body retains the curvature of the roof. It does look good with the polished MM Metallizer on it. I'll post more pictures when I return home in a couple of weeks.

Chris

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I just had to pick my jaw up off the floor! SUPERB WORK!!!

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I have been plagued by camera problems, but here is my long overdue update.

Starting at the nose. No AM here, all has been scratch built. I'm happy with it so far! :)

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,Only have the gun mounts and their suspension harnesses, the Norden bomb sight, some wiring, and windows left to do here.

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Moving to the cockpit...

Once again a LOT of scratch building. The only after market used is PE seat belts, hydraulic accumulators, and the pilot's control panel on the left wall.

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Only have the overhead instruments, oxygen bottles, and a little plumbing left here. I can't wait to see what it all looks like all glued up.

Chris

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B-E-A-Utiful!!!! LOVE THE DETAIL YOU DID!!! Great work up in the nose good Sir! And those seats! Oh I can't wait to see more.

Cheers,

Mark.

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Holy crap.

You guys that build seats like those really should mass produce them. I'd buy a handful. Incredible.

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