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Completed Academy 1/72 B-17F Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle” 9/12/18

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Completed Academy 1/72 B-17F Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle” 9/12/18
Posted by Toshi on Friday, July 20, 2018 1:41 PM

To my fellow FSM Forum Members,

Mrs. Toshi has ordered the Trumpeter 1/32 TBF Avenger.  That’ll be one ginormist fueselauge.  As I know, I built one two years ago.  I donated that Avenger to the VFW.  I enjoyed it so much that I have to have another one as it was way too fun building and AB that kit.  This time I’ll fold one wing and lock in the other wing.  The first Avenger had both wings locked in the fly mode.  So this will be a interesting build.  But it’s coming from China via eBay, I know it’s in Chicago right now and it’s slowly making it‘s way to Ohio.  Mrs. Toshi purchased this kit via a Chinese model company as it was really inexpensive compared to US dealers.  Comes with a tracking number, plus it had free shipping on it.

I told Mrs. Toshi that I needed a couple bottles of paint, so we decided to go to Hobby Lobby.  And of course by now you know what happened.  She purchased for me this Academy 1/72 Memphis Belle!  Plus the Revell B-25 Mitchell.  I made the B-25 Mitchell when I first joined FSM. That’s when I used to crank out a kit every three to four days.  lol!  Not any more, I slowed down as it’s not a contest of who can build the most aircraft kit but one of patience.  So now I can say I have a stash of two kits and one on the bench.  lol!  

As always in my WIP, I include the manual, decals, clear parts, and each and every spruce.  I hope you enjoy this build as much as I build this kit!  This is such an iconic Flying Fortress in that I hope I can do justice for this build.  This is the Flying Fortress I’m replicating.  “Memphis Belle” B-17F-10-BO (s/n 41-24485) 324th BS/91st BG/8th AF, June 1943 Bassingbourn/England. 

Your friend, Toshi

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, July 20, 2018 1:48 PM

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Posted by Bish on Friday, July 20, 2018 2:27 PM

Good to see you doing somthing in a proper scale Toshi Wink. Thats a nice kit, i built a different boxing of it a few years back. Looking forward to your build.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, July 20, 2018 2:33 PM

 me too I’ve been away of sorts vac time for a retired guy lol ! that’s a nice kit had my eye on it for some time .  I have a hasagawa b17 raised panel lines does this kit have  recessed panel lines 

  

 Nick.

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Posted by Bish on Friday, July 20, 2018 2:51 PM

Nick, yes they do. I think they were considered the best B-17 kit in the scale, not sure if that still holds with the more recent Revell and Airfix kits, but of course they are G's.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, July 20, 2018 4:12 PM

Bish

Good to see you doing somthing in a proper scale Toshi Wink. Thats a nice kit, i built a different boxing of it a few years back. Looking forward to your build.

 

lol!  1/72 is too tiny for shaky hands.  lol!  I’ll do my best to build this kit.  Do you still have the kit?  I’d love to see it if you don’t mind.  Thank you in advance.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by Rambo on Friday, July 20, 2018 4:22 PM
Awesome Toshi I'm planning on a trip this weekend to the National Air force Museum in Dayton where she just went on display this year. Bish: Proper scale huh? I swore this was a 1/72 kit not a 1/48 lol

Clint

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, July 20, 2018 4:44 PM

crown r n7

 me too I’ve been away of sorts vac time for a retired guy lol ! that’s a nice kit had my eye on it for some time .  I have a hasagawa b17 raised panel lines does this kit have  recessed panel lines 

 

lol!  For a retired guy you needed a vaction?  lol!  Where do you go?  Anyway‘s, what stopped you from picking this kit up to add to your stash?  Is your Hasegawa a 1/72 kit as well.

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, July 20, 2018 4:47 PM

Toshi
 
Bish

Good to see you doing somthing in a proper scale Toshi Wink. Thats a nice kit, i built a different boxing of it a few years back. Looking forward to your build.

 

 

 

lol!  1/72 is too tiny for shaky hands.  lol!  I’ll do my best to build this kit.  Do you still have the kit?  I’d love to see it if you don’t mind.  Thank you in advance.

 

Your friend, Toshi

 

I am sure you will do a cracking job on it.

I built the kit back in 2010, for the first GB i ever hosted. But i only just finished the simple dio a couple of months back.

And here are a couple for you from Bassingborn.

The base now belongs to the British army and is a training camp. I spent 6 months there in 1990/91. The war time hangers are still there, one of them was the gym. And we spent a lot of time running round the old perimiter track and down the runway. I was already a history buff at the time and of course knew of the memphis belle, so it was a great to follow in the footsteps of those who were there all those decades before.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, July 20, 2018 4:49 PM

Rambo
Awesome Toshi I'm planning on a trip this weekend to the National Air force Museum in Dayton where she just went on display this year. Bish: Proper scale huh? I swore this was a 1/72 kit not a 1/48 lol
 

Hope you will post some pics if you can Clint.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, July 20, 2018 4:55 PM

Rambo
Awesome Toshi I'm planning on a trip this weekend to the National Air force Museum in Dayton where she just went on display this year. Bish: Proper scale huh? I swore this was a 1/72 kit not a 1/48 lol
 

Wow!  I live in a suburb of Cleveland, yet I’ve never been to the National Airforce Museum in Dayton.  Another place I’d love to see is the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  That shows you how little time Mrs. Toshi and I go out to travel!

Your friend, Toshii

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, July 20, 2018 10:36 PM

Oh boy!  What did I get myself into.  The kit went together very well.  The problem is with myself, having shaky hands and things having to glue into 1/72 parts.  Still, the kit is just fantastic, I would Definately build another Academy B-17F in silver.  I’m looking forward to the next step.  

 

 

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Posted by Rambo on Friday, July 20, 2018 10:56 PM
Off to a great start Toshi. I will take as many photos as I can unfortunately all I have is my cell phone and the lighting isn't the best in spots there.

Clint

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:25 AM

Rambo
Off to a great start Toshi. I will take as many photos as I can unfortunately all I have is my cell phone and the lighting isn't the best in spots there.
 

Thank you Rambo!  Please drive safe, enjoy, and have fun!  Thank you for helping me with this build.and alway‘s stopping by my thread’s. And adding commentary.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by Rambo on Saturday, July 21, 2018 10:58 PM
Great trip today got to see the belle plus a few other new additions since I was there last year one a fw190d but they took the me109 down to do a proper restoration on her. I got about a dozen photos of the belle for you they aren't the best she was the busiest bird in the place so couldn't get many clear shots. The rest of the museum is always pretty calm with the ability to look and read at your pace. Anyway I have about 100 photos to go through and organize I'll post a link to them tomorrow.

Clint

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, July 22, 2018 1:35 AM

Rambo
Great trip today got to see the belle plus a few other new additions since I was there last year one a fw190d but they took the me109 down to do a proper restoration on her. I got about a dozen photos of the belle for you they aren't the best she was the busiest bird in the place so couldn't get many clear shots. The rest of the museum is always pretty calm with the ability to look and read at your pace. Anyway I have about 100 photos to go through and organize I'll post a link to them tomorrow.
 

Sounds like you had a lot of fun and really enjoyed yourselves.  Please don’t rush on my account.  Take your time.  I‘ll Be looking forward to the link!  Thank you for thinking and including me in your adventure.  You’re too kind Rambo.

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

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Posted by Rambo on Sunday, July 22, 2018 7:45 PM

Wish I could of gotten some more and better photos for you Toshi I hope these help some. I will also post a link to the album I took a 160 photos so maybe you can find something to help you on your next builds too.

WP B17 Memphis Belle 1

WP B17 Memphis Belle 2

WP B17 Memphis Belle 3

WP B17 Memphis Belle 4

WP B17 Memphis Belle 5

WP B17 Memphis Belle 6

WP B17 Memphis Belle 7

WP B17 Memphis Belle 8

WP B17 Memphis Belle 9

WP B17 Memphis Belle 10

WP B17 Memphis Belle 11

WP B17 Memphis Belle 12

Again I wish I could of got more shots for you but as a bouns how about a photo of me and my little one in the EWO seat of a F-4 WP F-4 Cockpit 3

WP F-4 Cockpit 1

Clint

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Posted by Rambo on Sunday, July 22, 2018 7:47 PM

Clint

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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, July 22, 2018 8:39 PM
Looking forward to your build, Mr. Toshi. Rambo, those are some great shots. Looks like fun. Thanks for posting.

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, July 23, 2018 11:13 AM

Rambo

Wish I could of gotten some more and better photos for you Toshi I hope these help some. I will also post a link to the album I took a 160 photos so maybe you can find something to help you on your next builds too.

WP B17 Memphis Belle 1

WP B17 Memphis Belle 2

WP B17 Memphis Belle 3

WP B17 Memphis Belle 4

WP B17 Memphis Belle 5

WP B17 Memphis Belle 6

WP B17 Memphis Belle 7

WP B17 Memphis Belle 8

WP B17 Memphis Belle 9

WP B17 Memphis Belle 10

WP B17 Memphis Belle 11

WP B17 Memphis Belle 12

Again I wish I could of got more shots for you but as a bouns how about a photo of me and my little one in the EWO seat of a F-4 WP F-4 Cockpit 3

WP F-4 Cockpit 1

 

 Thank you so very much Rambo!  The photo’s of the Memphis Belle and the F-4 Phantom are absolutely PHABULOS!!!  I Love the way the Memphis Belle is Photgraph as well as the F-4 Phantom.  I can see that the Memphis Belle looks like a pro photographer took it,  Once again, Thank you very much!  

Your friend, Toshi! 

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, July 23, 2018 11:32 AM

Chemteacher
Looking forward to your build, Mr. Toshi. Rambo, those are some great shots. Looks like fun. Thanks for posting.
 

Thank you Chemteacher I really apprecited.  Thank you, once again sir.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by Rambo on Monday, July 23, 2018 1:30 PM
You flatter me Toshi thanks for your kind words. They are no where near pro just me and my Nokia Windows phone that does have a nice camera for being a cellphone.

Clint

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Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 2:22 PM

Hey Toshi,

Like Bish, I built this kit a few years ago for the Boeing GB.  Did ya notice all the spare parts in this kit that build into earlier A/D and later G models?  

I didn't do the MB, but decided on a lesser known plane that was more popular in 12 O' Clock High than in the war.  I really am looking forward to seeing this build Toshi.

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:19 AM

Thank you very much scottrc, I’m sure that Memphis Belle is one of your best prized jewel in your builds.  That is a fantastic rendition of Memphis Belle. So iconic.  Yes, it does have extra parts to this B-17F.  Once again thank you for Your help and dedication to my Memphis zBelle 

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:42 AM

Bish

 

 
Toshi
 
Bish

Good to see you doing somthing in a proper scale Toshi Wink. Thats a nice kit, i built a different boxing of it a few years back. Looking forward to your build.

 

 

 

lol!  1/72 is too tiny for shaky hands.  lol!  I’ll do my best to build this kit.  Do you still have the kit?  I’d love to see it if you don’t mind.  Thank you in advance.

 

Your friend, Toshi

 

 

 

I am sure you will do a cracking job on it.

I built the kit back in 2010, for the first GB i ever hosted. But i only just finished the simple dio a couple of months back.

And here are a couple for you from Bassingborn.

The base now belongs to the British army and is a training camp. I spent 6 months there in 1990/91. The war time hangers are still there, one of them was the gym. And we spent a lot of time running round the old perimiter track and down the runway. I was already a history buff at the time and of course knew of the memphis belle, so it was a great to follow in the footsteps of those who were there all those decades before.

 

I completely forgot to thank you Bish for taking the time out to post.   Please except my apalogie, I didn’t want to disrespect you in anyway, for the time and effort it took to assemble the amazing build and photos of your phenomenal work.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by rangerj on Saturday, July 28, 2018 5:57 PM

25 missions. It does'nt sound like much, but approximately 80,000 B-17 crew members died trying to get 25 missions and go home. So, when the Memphis Belle crew got their 25 missions it was a big deal. The Belle was rotting away in Memphis and the government reclaimed her about 10 years ago. She was recently put on display in the USAF Museum after having been meticulously restored. 

Cheers to Col. Robert K. Morgan (USAAC/USAF), the pilot, and his crew. Note that the "Belle" married someone else and not Col. Morgan. 

Just outside Stratford (on the Avon river) England (Shakespear's home town), is a cemetery where the only flag that flies over the grounds is the American Flag. There are white crosses as far as the eye can see. Many of the men there are B-17 bomber crew members. There is an RAF air base not to far away that was a B-17 bomber base during WWII. The Belle is a very special lady. Do her up right Toshi. I know you will.  

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, July 28, 2018 6:31 PM

rangerj

25 missions. It does'nt sound like much, but approximately 80,000 B-17 crew members died trying to get 25 missions and go home. So, when the Memphis Belle crew got their 25 missions it was a big deal. The Belle was rotting away in Memphis and the government reclaimed her about 10 years ago. She was recently put on display in the USAF Museum after having been meticulously restored. 

Cheers to Col. Robert K. Morgan (USAAC/USAF), the pilot, and his crew. Note that the "Belle" married someone else and not Col. Morgan. 

Just outside Stratford (on the Avon river) England (Shakespear's home town), is a cemetery where the only flag that flies over the grounds is the American Flag. There are white crosses as far as the eye can see. Many of the men there are B-17 bomber crew members. There is an RAF air base not to far away that was a B-17 bomber base during WWII. The Belle is a very special lady. Do her up right Toshi. I know you will.  

 

 

I take it you are reffering to the cemertry at Madingley. Its not near Stratford but Cambridge, in East Anglia where the 8th AAF was stantioned. Stratford is to far west. This area is covered with former USAAF bases, throw a stone in the air and there is a chance you will hit one. In fact theres one about 15 mins walk from wher ei am sitting and 2 more within 15 mins drive. When i drive to my mums in Norwich, about an hour, i pass by a dozen. Trust me when i say they have not been forgotten.

The 8th AAF suffered half the losses of the USAAF in WW2 with 47,000 caaualties 26,000 of those being killed.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, August 04, 2018 4:18 AM

To my fellow forum members,

I’m sorry in that I took almost a month before I started up on the “Memphis Belle”.  But a very active grandson who is two, can keep our home in a total mess with toys everywhere.  Absolute CHAOS.  lol!  He finally went home yesterday evening, now Mrs. Toshi and I miss him!  lol!  

As for the “Belle”, I had sometime to paint the interior Model Master Chromate Green.  I then applied a green wash all ready to go by Vallejo.  Next up?  Applying the tiny windows, and then I closed “Belle” up.  No issues nor concerns (Gaps), besides some light sanding of the seams.  Here is where “Memphis Belle” stands at this moment, I’ll let the Testors liquid cement cure before I take the tape off.

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, August 05, 2018 5:05 PM

To my fellow forum members,

We just move some furniture so as to creating a huge play area for my grandson Ezra.  He is staying with us an extra day.  I thought that I could not complete “Memphis Belle”.  Luckily, my son took him to Hudson for catching Pokémon.  Now that the house is quiet, I took the liberty to work on my B-17 kit.

Assembling both wings went very well.  Again, no issues and or concerns!  The left wing went together like a breeze, everything on the left wing was great including the landing gear, this tells me that everything else would go together very smoothly.  Ya right!  When it came time to attach the right wing a major issue was shown.  

The attachment became a nightmare, the right wing tab was too big for the assembly to the fuselage.  I had to use a file and a blade to widen the attachment area.  I then shortened the tab of the right wing in order to slide it in the hole of the fueselage.  I got it to hold, so that was a good thing.  Why did this happen, I know not.  At the very least, those of you Forum Members that plan or have it their stash to build this kit, you’ve been enlightened to this issue.

Just to let you Forum Members know I purchased this Vallejo paint kit for my TBF Avenger.  The Avenger had the wrong address, so now it’s on its way back to China!  I wrote via email to the seller to send it back to me as I still am or want that kit.

Your friend, Toshi

 

 

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, August 05, 2018 5:21 PM

Wow! Looks to be a fun project Toshi! You are always a fun participant in modelling to follow. Keep up the good work!

Maxie

PS...Good scale too. My 1/48 B-17 was fun but  got a bit large I must say.

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