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B-17F Scrapping - Storage Depot 41, Kingman, AZ.

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The next stage was to try and replicate the torn metal from the 5,100 pound steel blade used to cut up the aircraft. The plastic was softened with a soldering iron, then pushed and twisted with a paint brush handle and scalpel. I tried to distort the plastic in a direction it was most likely to take, depending on where on the fuselage the cut was.

 

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So on the top of the fuselage, the metal was bent downwards, sheared down and wrinkled at the sides, bent down on the lower areas and flat where the fuselage was crushed against the ground as the blade stopped.

 

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After the melting, further shaping was done with a scalpel and needle files, trying to create sharper edges where they had been rounded from the heat of the iron. I may do a little test painting on the area to see how it would look complete. So far, it doesn't look too bad.

 

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The tail was weighted down and an old knife handle used to press the tailwheel housing down to the fuselage side it wasn't yet glued to.

 

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So this was where I was up to by the end of today. I'm not sure when I'll next work on it, hopefully not after another two years, but this isn't going to be an every evening project. I may even complete each section up to the painted stage to keep the variety and interest going. 

 

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Indeed!  A very nice project.  I like how you planned it out from the start and then proceeded to scratch build those areas that will be seen.  Very convincing.  Keep up the great work! 

R/ Dutch

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Hi guys, no progress of late. Now that we're into the military vehicle season, I'm away almost every weekend at shows and that leaves me with very little time for modelling. It's not forgotten however, just a slow burning fuse on this one!

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Great work! What I appreciate the most is the detail shots of how you did these mods. Also the jigs you used for soldering the brass etc are really helpful. Hoping you feel inspired to get this going again. My daughter worked in the offices at the Depot in the nineties, and we got to tour the place. Truly impressive, and sad.

 

Carl

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