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1/48 B-17G Chowhound...Decals and into Darkness

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1/48 B-17G Chowhound...Decals and into Darkness
Posted by fightnjoe on Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:54 PM

Well time to start another project.  

This will be a familiar one with just a bit of a familiar twist.

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This will be for a tribute build on YouTube.  The Year of the Dog.



More soon.



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Posted by fightnjoe on Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:00 PM

First up will be to show you what I have begun to collect for this build.

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For most this will be enough to tell you what the twist will be.


More to come.....




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Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:14 AM

So, you're trying to sell it already?? Propeller

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:32 AM

Ye, I think we can see where you going with this. Going to be an interesting watch that's for sure.

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Posted by mississippivol on Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:31 AM

I'd have to get Rosie and Kilroy involved for all that rigging....

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Posted by fightnjoe on Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:58 AM

Many thanks for looking in.

I hope to get started today.

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Posted by fightnjoe on Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:32 PM
As with all builds there is a starting point.  

For this build it starts with the kit pieces.  For me it means what do I need to do to prep this for what I am planning to do.  This kit as most know, has a lot of moulded in detail.  It all has to go.  For my plan to work it needs to be a clean slate.  I also need to remove all the positioning points for the flooring and bulkheads.  For that I will need to fashion different ones that will be out of sight when I cut into the fuselage.

So out came the white glue and the flooring and bulkheads were set into place.

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May take a while to get through the detail to a clean slate.  



Joe
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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:04 AM

I did nearly the same thing when I built my grandfather's B-17 years ago.....lots if styrene.  I'm looking forward to this....

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:33 PM

Me too.

Spent about two hours tonight grinding and sanding.  Cleaned out a lot of the interior detail.  Kind of freaky though that it feels smooth to the touch but yet you still see where the detail was.  

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Posted by SargeUSMC on Sunday, March 29, 2015 4:57 PM

uuuh, for the benefit of an old coot that doesn't have a clue....what exactly are you going to do with all that styrene...?

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Posted by fightnjoe on Sunday, March 29, 2015 8:44 PM

Sarge I am planning a partial cut away for this build.  I plan to work on the interior to build up the details and to open the fuselage to show it off.

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Posted by fightnjoe on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 10:25 PM

Just a quickie of an update to show the first cuts.

Large chunks have been cut out to show different areas of the interior.  What you see is after six hours of grinding, sanding, repeat.

This will turn out good, I hope.

You will also notice I have drilled and then cut out the access doors.  These will be cleaned up and the edges thinned a bit.

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Next up will be to clean up the cuts and move into the interior with grinding and sanding away that detail.  


All comments, critiques, and criticism are encouraged.


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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 10:29 PM

Oh that's going to look amazing!

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:14 AM

I'm already loving watching this. I don't have the patience or skill to pull off something like this, so I'm living vicariously through you.

And yeah, I'm sure it will turn out good, judging by what else I've seen here.

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Posted by fightnjoe on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 9:07 AM

Many thanks.  Appreciate you looking in and the kind comments.

Joe

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 9:08 AM

I really wish I had the time to work on my visible B-17, or any of my kits, but I am just too busy now and for the next few months. Looking forward to watching you put this together. It looks like it's gonna be a great build.

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 9:20 AM

Way more courage and skill than this old boy has.  Watching with interest and may pick up something I can use in the future.

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Posted by Buckeye on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 11:27 AM

This is going to be a good one!

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 11:50 AM

Devil Dawg

So, you're trying to sell it already?? Propeller

Dawg, "For Sale" signs and other signs are a poor man's (or a Dutchy man's, like me) Evergreen sheet.  Hammer has become active again, I bet he felt a psychic stirring, when that post went up.

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 11:54 AM

Very cool project!  My hat is off to you, for doing this one!

I love this kit, ever since I built a pair when I was a kid.  But I do have to shake my head today, when I see those big locator bars for the rear bulkhead of the radio cabin.  I probably left them in place, back in '79, because it wouldn't have occurred to me then to remove 'em.

I look forward to your progress!

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Posted by Spitfire on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1:22 PM

I'm not nearly as experienced as most of you, so this question may come off as na├»ve, but if you are doing this to expose the detail of the interior, wouldn't you start the painting prior to putting the fuselage together?  It seems like it would be very difficult to get to some of the tight spaces once together.

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1:59 PM

Spitfire-  He has just taped the fuselage together and used white glue on the other pieces so he can wet them down and pull apart.  The he can finish getting rid of detail inside and put in what he needs to.  Then He'll do his paint, detail and washes prior to assembly.

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Posted by fightnjoe on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 11:40 PM

Many thanks to all for looking in.

The for sale signs are roughly .03 or so in thickness.  They are fantastic for sheet styrene.  The fuse is taped and I am spending a lot of time dryfitting the different assemblies to make sure they fit and what will be seen.  Note that there is no construction taking place as of yet.  I still have a ton of deconstruction to do yet.  

Spitfire when I get to the construction step of this I will be working the interior and it will be detailed and painted prior to closing up the fuse.

Again thank you.  

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Posted by Spitfire on Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:05 AM

Thanks for explaining that.  Very interesting.  Also way above my level of competency.  Will be very interesting to see this finished.  About how long will it take to complete a project like this?

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Posted by fightnjoe on Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:42 AM

Spitfire this will be a long term project.  I am thinking four to six months.

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Posted by Tony T on Friday, April 3, 2015 1:01 PM

Very cool! Will have to follow along! Love the B-17!

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Posted by fightnjoe on Friday, April 3, 2015 6:03 PM

Many thanks.  

Joe

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Posted by Melgyver on Friday, April 3, 2015 9:36 PM

I had started on a Visible B-17 many years ago.  I scratch built the bomb bay section and it's been collecting dust for a while.  Now I retired maybe I can get back to the hobby!

  

                                                                                                                                                                              

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, April 4, 2015 7:16 AM

WOW Mel, your bomb bay is amazing !   I for one am glad you're back in the hobby.  Please continue to post for such great inspiration to us all.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Saturday, April 4, 2015 3:10 PM

The Bomb Bay looks very good.

Joe

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