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CONTINUATION OF MY 1:20 SCALE SCRATCH BUILT B17G (RADIO ROOM)

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Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:23 AM

Good afternoon chaps

May I just say before I start on this post.......

Has anyone else noticed that some of the photos are coming back on the posts from Photobucket?...really odd as there was no warning....all the photos from some of my old posts from other models I have made years ago are returning!...please let me know if you are experiencing the same thing....not complaining but don't trust the beggers and I won't be returning to them!No

Any how..onto the old ball turret!

I have added yet another layer of equipment that is found in the turret!....this time its the control pack for the gunner to move the turret from left to right and up and down and also the firing buttons for the 50 cals!

The control box was difficult as I really didn't have many photos of different angles of it , so some of it was guess work I am afraid!....twice I got the scale wrong because of lack of photos but got there in the end and I think it looks reasonably accurate!

I also built a chain gear box for the movement of the ball which I will show you first....... Here it is completely made from plastic scrap......

....and here is the difficult to build control unit!.......

The next set of photos show the two parts built placed in their position in the turret..........

So here we have the parts painted ...................

 

Now.....your be pleased to know that were on the last push for finishing the internal construction...I know I will be!!!....just a box and cable here and there and then it will be the time to try and fit the top of the turret on and to start building the external detail.

 I will be back with the last bit of detail soon.....till then...thanks a lot for looking in guys Yes

 Fozzy

 

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Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:32 AM

Hi guys

 

I am pleased to announce that the ball turret construction has come to an end! leaving me with just the detail above the ball that will be shown inside the fuselage.

 

I have to say that although it was a challenge.... I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the B17G build!......I didn't realize from the offset how much equipment there was inside the turret and I have learn' t a lot about the operation of the turret along the way.

 

Since my last post I finished off by placing an electrical box and cable on top of all the other detail!...and had to make the gunners hatch door that I will show you first.........

the next photo shows the inside of the door.....

I have temporarily blue tacked the gunners door in its place on the turret for these next set of photos.....

So here is the completed turret at different angles placed on a medicine dispenser I found that held it steady whilst photographing!!....took me ages to scratch build this so no apologies for the amount of photos!!

Here it is turned upside down so you can see the detail!.....

Here is the turret temporarily placed in the fuselage to get some idea of what it might look like when finished!....

 

Well done for sticking around to look at all the photos! 

So now its back to the Radio room section of the fuselage which will incorporate this ball turret.

I will start by skinning the interior of the bottom section half and will post again when I have made some progress.

Thanks a lot for looking in

 Fozzy

 

 

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    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Friday, June 01, 2018 11:35 PM
Just amazing work I wish the rest of the photos in your post was working but the few up of the ball gunner position and what i seen before they disappeared this is a excellent build thank you for sharing it with us.

Clint

Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Saturday, June 02, 2018 1:23 AM

Rambo
Just amazing work I wish the rest of the photos in your post was working but the few up of the ball gunner position and what i seen before they disappeared this is a excellent build thank you for sharing it with us.
 

 

Thanks Clint......I am going to try and sort out the mess Photobucket made and replace the missing photos!...just takes time!

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Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 10:18 AM

Afternoon all!

 

Been a while but work on my house was required which didn't give me much time to get on with the radio room...plus I am getting ready to return to the UK for the summer which I do each year due to the extreme hot weather here during the summer months.....which of course means that this will be the last post until I get back to my office at the end of August.

 

So I have made a start on the radio room with the lower half and the flooring. It's nowhere finished but it's a start!

As you can see the fuselage is Balsa based and the floor was built up also with pieces of balsa which I covered with "ye olde yogurt pots".....usual trick of mine to save money on plastic card!!

The center of the floor has the bay constructed for the camera section that the radio operator could gain access through a trap door.....yet to be built!

The last few photos are of the radio room floor in place leaving the camera bay open minus the hatch  for the time being....I will build the hatch door when all the camera equipment is installed.......

That's all until I get back from my summer break!

 

I hope you all have a great summer this year and I'll catch you all later!

Cheers

Fozzy

 

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Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Friday, October 05, 2018 2:17 PM

Good afternoon guys

 

I do hope that everyone is "A" OK and you all had a great summer!...I certainly did!Cool

 

Seems like an age since I last posted on here...in fact it has been nearly 4 months!Surprise...I went back to Blighty for the summer and when I returned life's little distractions kept me away from my work shop...what with fixing things around the house ...car maintenance etc etc...you all know how it is!

 

Any way I have found a bit of time until I get my family  knocking on my door for their yearly visit and until they come lets see if I can continue with this Radio room for my B17G!

 

 

Not an awful lot of progress I have to say but I have managed to prep the bottom half of the construction ...covering and strengthening the Balsa construction.

 

I think the photos will show you what I mean........

The openings you see cut away are for viewing all the gubbings that's found under the Radio room floor...like camera equipment...Oxygen bottles and prop anti icing main tank.

This photo shows the side of the fuselage and the opening will be for the viewing of said tanks!

Here are the oxygen tanks and anti icing glycerol tank ....made from block balsa for the oxygen tanks and a converted 550lb bomb from a Stuka kit!

The two halves temporarily together to get the effect!

 

Well that's all I have had time for so far but at least the ball has started to roll again with this build.

....Next up I will get the top half of the Radio room prepared the same as the bottom half...

Great to be back again BTW....and thanks for looking in !

Cheers

Fozzy

 

 

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    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Saturday, October 06, 2018 12:20 AM
Good to see you back I love watching your build. Have you got all the broken photo links fixed now on the other parts?

Clint

  • Member since
    July, 2013
Posted by steve5 on Saturday, October 06, 2018 12:31 AM

what clint said mate , love watching this build .

steve5

 

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    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Saturday, October 06, 2018 12:47 AM

This is just a very cool build. I really look forward to the updates on this one for sure!

Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Saturday, October 06, 2018 1:20 AM

Cheers Guys!

Rambo
Good to see you back I love watching your build. Have you got all the broken photo links fixed now on the other parts?
 

Working on it Clint!...I just need a bit of free time but I will definitely get it sorted!

 

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Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 4:00 PM

Foz

Cheers Guys!

 

 
Rambo
Good to see you back I love watching your build. Have you got all the broken photo links fixed now on the other parts?
 

 

 

Working on it Clint!...I just need a bit of free time but I will definitely get it sorted!

 

 

 

Hi Guys

Just for those of you who are interested I have now fixed the broken links to the photos at the start of this Radio room build....lets hope I don't have to do it again!!...........a real drag to say the least!Super Angry

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Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 2:00 PM

Hi there

 

Time for an update. .....its a tad boring though as this part of the build always is!...but it has to be done!

 

Basically I have been shaping the balsa down on the top half of the radio room. Its a little time consuming but it has to be right at this stage else this part of the fuselage (radio room) will not look right!

 

I had to make the extended part on the top as well as cutting aperture's out for the perspex windows on the side and cutting the access doors out.

The photos will show what I am waffling on about!

Looks a mess but this is a sort of template for the raised bit on the top.as seen in the next set of photos.

...and so you can see where this will all eventually sit.....

 

If this gets any longer I am going to need a bigger office!,,,,,,,So there you have it.

Hopefully I will be able to start detailing in the next post,,,starting with the bottom half ,so until then chaps....

 

Thanks for looking in

Fozzy

 

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    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 9:52 PM
Looks great I look forward to seeing any progress in this build.

Clint

  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, October 22, 2018 10:04 AM

Great looking model so far. What material are you using to "skin" your model. It looks too thick to be Bare Metal Foil. Are you using aluminum HVAC duct tape?

Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 9:55 AM

JohnnyK

Great looking model so far. What material are you using to "skin" your model. It looks too thick to be Bare Metal Foil. Are you using aluminum HVAC duct tape?

 

 

Cheers JohnnyK....I am skinning her with Aluminum sheets that a good friend of mine aquired from his work...they are sticky back and yes pretty thick!

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Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:14 AM

Hi Guys

 

Back again with another installment!...have had more distractions than you can shake a stick at but found some spare time again to try and continue with this build!

 

I managed to complete both port and starboard Oxygen and Glycol tank bays which are under the floor of the radio room.A bit difficult finding photos of said area but I found a diagram giving the positions of the tanks and decided to roll with that!

 

So here we have the areas prepared for the tank installation....both port and starboard..........

Starting with the port side ..here are the 2 oxygen tanks installed with all the connecting air lines...

....and here is the starboard side that houses one oxygen bottle and the Prop anti icing Glycol tank

So now the next section will be the camera bay under the floor of the radio room...again not many photos and diagrams of that area but I will have to do my best with what I have!Wink

So until the next post ...cheers for looking in !

Fozzy

 

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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, November 04, 2018 12:17 AM

Cool build. Enjoying your progress on this.

 

Foz
  • Member since
    April, 2011
  • From: S.E Bulgaria
Posted by Foz on Sunday, November 11, 2018 8:26 AM

PART 1 OF THE CAMERA PIT

 

Hi guys

 

Not much is known of the contents of the Camera pit and to that end it was difficult to find information and photos but after endless trolling of the internet and many B17 sites I came across just a few photos and info of the area. I don't know why more info and photos (even drawings) are not out there to see as I think its quite important to show how the bombing photos were taken. For me this is frustrating because if you have been following this build you can see that I am trying to show every aspect of the B17.

 

However I have started to build the camera pit (as it is seemed to be known as) ..and I hope that I am on the right track.

 

I haven't finished it yet but have made a good start with the basic equipment at one end of the pit.

 

 

So the camera pit is in a small bay centrally placed beneath the radio room and access to it is under a hatch(not built yet). Here the radio operator could operate the camera via an intervalometer which operates periods of time for the camera shutter to operate....hence hopefully capturing the target hits.

 

The first 3 photos shows the area where the camera pit is located.............

The Propeller anti icing pumps were next scratched out of a couple of old radio capacitors with a few pieces of plastic and wire...these pumps had nothing to do with the camera operation but were stowed in the pit and were used to pump the glycol from the Glycol tank to the propeller's stopping them freezing over....here's the photos.....

Part of the forward floor ...which was made from wood...was now constructed. The circular glass thing represents the view finder aperture.

Here is a photo of the floor placed in the pit and the camera door control also added....

The frame work for the operators seat was now constructed out of plastic.....

...and the wooden seat built.

The Wing Flap hand crank location hole was then built on the underside of a section of the forward floor....I did this by constructing out of wire insulation.........

These items were then placed into the pit and these last 2 photos show how far I have got so far!.......

 

Phew!!......

So I will be back with the second half of the camera pit as soon as I have completed it.

Thanks again as always for your interest in this megga build!

Cheers

Fozzy

 

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  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Monday, November 12, 2018 10:10 PM
Very cool I never knew how or where the camera equipment was located.

Clint

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