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COMPLETE SCRATCH BUILT FRONT END OF A B17G


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Good afternoon to you all!

I haven't posted on this forum for a very long time, this is due to the fact that my scratch built models take a very long time to build!!....but at long last....

After over 2 years of heartache and over 2.13GB of information collected in photo form.......

I would like to present to you all my scratch built front end of a B17G!

Why just the front end I hear you cry?...well I have always been fascinated with the "Fortress" ever since I was a young boy...in particular ,what was inside the fuselage!.I have been wanting to build a project like this for many years and thought about doing the entire aircraft!...but I wasn't sure if I could pull it off.....I mean this was going to be in 1:20 scale (a scale I like to scratch build in)

The project would mean scratch building absolutely everything! .....and so I thought that maybe I should start with just the front end showing the Bombardier/Navigator section....the Cockpit right back to the Upper Turret before the Bomb compartment....and then if it turned out okay ..then maybe I would continue down the fuselage!

The materials I used to build this B17G were Balsa wood/hard wood...plastic/wire/ paper/the aluminum from coca cola cans/and loads of other stuff I found useful in the kitchen waste bin!!

It wasn't all plain sailing I have to say....many an hour was wasted re constructing parts that I just couldn't get right but with loads of patience I got there in the end!

A little information on the B17G 'Fuddy Duddy" I chose to build (info taken off an internet site http://www.warbirdregistry.organd http://www.johnweeks.com)

Delivered to USAAF as 44-83563 on April 7th 1945.

Fuddy Duddy was built too late to see action in WWII. She was retired in the mid-50's, and changed hands a few times until be purchased by Columbia Pictures in 1960. After a short movie career, Fuddy Duddy was converted to air tanker service. She flew as an air tanker until 1986, which she was acquired by the National Warplane Museum and converted back to her warbird look. The museum has continued to restore and improve Fuddy Duddy over the years, and she is one of the finest looking B-17s in the air today.

I have made a makeshift base to display the model for taking photos...I will build a proper stand later!

Quite a few photos so bare with me! 😉

Here are some photos of the overall model.....interior shots to follow!

 

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I will now have to post these photos as too many for one post (as you all know!!)....I'm gonna make a cuppa tea and then post the rest of them!! 😉

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So here is Part 2

These photos show just some of the detail that I put into this project....couldn't get all the detail else there would be hundreds of photos!! :o/>

Some of the photos were taken during the build as you will see........

 

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....more to follow!!

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Thank you all again for all your kind words :)/>/>

BTW....does any one know how to change your my Avitar?...try as I might ..I just can't do it !! :(/>

Click on your profile name on the upper right hand corner of the page (above Sign Out), then choose 'My Settings', then 'Profile', then 'Change Avatar'.

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Click on your profile name on the upper right hand corner of the page (above Sign Out), then choose 'My Settings', then 'Profile', then 'Change Avatar'.

Yes I have tried that time and time again but it just won't allow me to change my avitar!!...oh well!

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