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Better B-17F kit?

  • Build it out of the box and do little of modifications as you go.It sounds like a time line build.Re-scribe panel lines on areas affected in construction .Ask the client on how they want the model to look like.Show the client some examples of your work.I sold a 1/48 revell b-17g in metal Finish and made 800$.my client wanted another project done after that.
  • Try Kitsworld in the UK for decals, they're pretty good and may even have "Beats Me" ones.  If not, you may be able to find something from the same bomb group at least, or they may be able to help with any questions.

    Groot

  • stikpusher
    Hard to say. That is the problem with interpreting B&W photos. They might be yellow, or they might be a light gray. Without knowing the film type used (red or blue sensitive, dont ask me the names of film types, its been almost 35 years sncee I have used B&W film in a photography class) it is very subjective. But I do recall reading somewhere that many early Bomb Groups used gray for their codes when those were introduced. The 91st  supposedly used yellow to be different/distinctive from others.

    From my research, the 8th AF directed that groups use the British pattern of squadron id, and yellow was used from the start.  From the 305th, XK-T, "Boom Town", which is a still from Memphis Belle:

    http://305thbombgroup.com/305th%20Aircraft%201.html

    And the "Twelve O'Clock High" group, the 306th,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B-17f-42-26744-306bg-turleigh.jpg

    Researching the 303rd BG archives, it seems the new replacement aircraft were painted with grey letters starting around the March '43 timeframe with the original aircraft getting being repainted starting in May. Looking at the group lead aircraft crew photos which were taken at 20-30 ft away from the aircraft,  you can definitley tell the letters were yellow along with the letter from the fin.  The grey repaints were very roughly spray painted over the white stars. 

    WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

    Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

    Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

  • RobGroot4

    Try Kitsworld in the UK for decals, they're pretty good and may even have "Beats Me" ones.  If not, you may be able to find something from the same bomb group at least, or they may be able to help with any questions.

    Groot

    Kitsworld doesn't have one for "Beats Me!" but they have this generic yellow code sheet for the squadron letters and serial numbers.  "Beats Me!" would have to be a custom made decal.

    http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/ksw148018.htm

    WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

    Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

    Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group