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  1. Another small update today! I am nearing completion on the starboard wing. When I left you last, I was getting ready to apply decals. The decals have been applied, a matte coat applied overall (my photos show she wasn't particularly shiny at the end of the war), and I began the weathering process. I like to use an acrylic-based panel line wash, that I make up myself. I use a little acrylic artist's midnight black (black with a hint of blue) paint, about the size of a fingernail, mixed with about two tablespoons of warm/hot water and a few drops of dish soat. I slather it onto the kit, allow it to mostly dry, and the wipe the excess away using cotton pads soaked in warm water. It's really hard to tell in these photos, but I love the subtle look it gives on natural metal, plus the blue gives the metal that perfect hue of exposed aluminum. After that's applied and dried, I began exhaust streaks and heat staining around the hot zones using Tamiya weathering compounds. A mix of soot, mud, and snow gives the desired effect for exhaust staining. I didn't go too crazy on top of the wings and out of the backs of the cowlings, as she was a relatively new bird when she began her service with the 96th BG in January of 1945. The exhaust staining underneath the wings was typically heavier inboard on B-17's; they often used their inboard engines while taxiing around the air bases, especially after landing. I tried to reflect this with my exhaust staining. 70365787_10103061028586392_6385456491758878720_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr 69581124_10103061028406752_2774024839961247744_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr 69503594_10103061028466632_5897643215904833536_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr What's great about the Tamiya weathering compounds is that if you don't like what you've done, you can simply wipe it off with a damp cloth and start over. The wings will get a little bit more weathering once I have the entire air frame together and get a better sense of balancing all of the weathering on her. And, once she's complete, I will bring her to work and take some proper photos. I am a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI), so I can be pretty good with a camera when I want to be! These are just quick cell-phone snaps in some pretty poor lighting, but I don't have a photo booth set up at home and that's what I usually have handy. Hopefully within the month I will have better photos of her, if everything stays on schedule for her to be completed for a show on the 28th of this month. As usual, all comments and critiques are welcome! Thanks for stopping by! - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  2. Oh but of course! Once the airframe is complete, I'll get to weathering her properly. Hopefully soon! - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  3. Another small update! The starboard side wing has received its base coat of matte aluminum, and after a few sessions of polishing, cursing, respraying, polishing, cursing some more, and then spraying some more, I finally had a nice base coat. I then applied AK Extreme Metals aluminum paint to a few panels and panel lines, and applied Dark Aluminum to the "hot zones" around the exhausts and turbos. 69267344_10103054298348842_6393572283436236800_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr 69257240_10103054298308922_324606507175903232_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr 69160428_10103054298578382_2641277309331439616_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr After the metals were complete and were allowed to dry for a little while, I applied the anti-glare panels per Eduard's excellent instructions for 1/48 and 1/72 B-17 anti-glare (This being a Douglas bird it was a little different than Vega and Boeing), and after that, her tell-tale red wing stripes. 69785250_10103054298378782_2874053043442155520_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr 69356529_10103054298543452_7908832695310876672_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr After completing painting, I just couldn't help but throw the wing onto the fuselage, lay the soon-to-be-applied wing square-C decal on top, and snap a few photos with the engines and props set in place. She's really starting to look the part! 69184403_1124115021119314_6288490140398518272_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr 68976969_488375801977678_5497539133649715200_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr As usual, all comments and critiques are welcome! Now, where did I leave that other wing... - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  4. I've tried to find them, but haven't been able to. I likely saw them in 1/48, and that's what I remember. I recommend scratching them; they look really easy to do. - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  5. Ernie- Did some more digging, and found these for you from the P-61 restoration at www.maam.org. These should be very helpful! - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  6. Ernie, not sure if this helps, but P-61 black windows appear to have the same cheek radar setup. Here's a photo to show: The radar has two dipoles per unit, long dipole in the rear, with an angled support piece. I've seen them in photo-etch/turned brass before, I'm just trying to find them. Not too terribly hard to reproduce. - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  7. I've never been, but its on the list! I had a chap once who was going to send me a chunk of the original runway from there, but alas, he never did and now I can't get in touch with him. As a side note, because I haven't noted it before, I have a piece of this aircraft in my collection. When the aircraft crashed, my Grandfather removed the airspeed indicator from the bombardier's panel. He eventually brought it home from Europe with him, and I now have it in my collection. I have an actual piece of 44-6888, and that brings me great joy. - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  8. Small update today: The landing gear are a known problem in this kit, as they have a rather improper stance. The stance as kitted is accurate for a bird in the process of lifting off or about to land, as they are essentially in full extension. They should be shorted by approximately 3mm to obtain an accurate height for a loaded, sitting bird. I cut my gear legs at the top of the oleos, and shorted the retraction strut appropriately. I then pinned them with a brass rod, and reattached them with epoxy. It provided a strong bond that will hold the weight of the kit. As I had changed the stance of the kit legs, it required replacement of the kit molded brake lines. I used some of the kit fixtures, and ran my own lines using fine solder. The attachment loops were created with fine strips of Tamiya tape: 68755791_10103040539895892_4160851122501713920_o by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr Once they were fully built out, they were painted with Tamiya sprays, the fine details (brake lines and retraction strut portions) were hand painted, and a wash was applied. Viola! Completed struts, that are an accurate height. This will really help the stance of the completed model. The kit tires, which good in size, are a little bulbous and the diamond tread is a tad pronounced. I used Eduard's Brassin wheels, even though they are documented as being a tad on the small side. I wish I had more options, for accuracy's sake, as my Grandfather's bird had one diamond tread, and one block tread tire. Who knows, maybe some day I can switch one of them out. For painting the tires, I used Tamiya spray matte black, followed by a dry brushing of a darker grey. Snetterton Heath, where she was based, had a concrete/blacktop runway, with paved taxi lanes and concrete parking circles for the bombers. Their activity on dirt and grass was at a minimum, so I kept the tires relatively clean in that regard. Tamiya weathering pastels were applied heavily to the tires, then wiped away so that the deposits were only in the crevices of the tire. While the photo doesn't show it all too terribly well (thanks, cell phone), I am quite pleased with the result: 68248663_10103041067698172_8610831029529214976_o by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr That's all for today folks! I'm in the process of painting the wings in AK Metal, and once those are complete, the rest should fly right by. When she gets displayed at the show at the end of September, I plan on bringing my fancy work camera (I am a CSI), and taking some more professional photographs of her in some better lighting. And, why not another photo from my Grandfather's collection? Who said you couldn't travel in style in Europe? Here, 96th BG/337th BS B-17G 43-38919 (AW-L) sits in her parking circle preparing to be turned down after a mission. Her crew has applied white walls to the tires, making her pretty unique (wouldn't she make a lovely model?): 0554.D.024 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr As always, comments and critiques are welcome! - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  9. As I refreshed my memory on my thread here, I realize there are other updates I can share with the class, so here goes! I elected to add an Eduard Brassin engine to the build, to give it a little more life with an exposed engine. These little beauties are something to behold, and with careful painting, they really pop! 37613708_10102576627295462_2008003219262799872_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr 37602505_10102576627110832_2466304645249630208_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr When compared with the kit engines (even with the Eduard and AMS Resin upgrades), you can see the difference. However, since the kit engines will be buried in cowlings behind propellers, the differences won't be as obvious. 37615318_10102576627520012_3179946451123830784_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr 37412602_10102576627060932_7072215191089315840_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr All four engines are complete, and once I get the wings painted, I can install the engines (the kit engines are already installed in their cowlings, which are painted): 54405583_258361531707186_4458971515550957568_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr While I don't have any photographs of 44-6888 flying, I did have a painting commissioned by Wade Meyers showing her in flight. She now proudly flies right above my model desk, so I can glance up at her and think of her better days! 2823203x800 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr That's all for today folks! More to come, and thanks for following. - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  10. More pictures coming soon! Now that the wife and I have moved into and are settled into our new house (I have my very own hobby room!), I have been able to get cranking on this kit again. I am motivated to finish it before a regional show on September 28th, so the mojo is currently strong with this one. I have begun the final prep on the wings for paint, and will hopefully be getting some paint on them this coming Monday. After the wings are completed, all that's left are landing gear legs, a few fiddly bits, weathering, and the aerial wires. The end is definitely in sight! Stay tuned. - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  11. Ernie, you've outdone yourself. Truly an impressive and beautiful bird! You should be very proud. - Dennis S. . Thornton, CO USA
  12. Looks great Ernie! You should be real proud of this one :-) - Dennis S. . Thornton, CO USA
  13. Ernie that's what I was thinking too, but they seemed so round, and not so oval-shaped. Hence my suspicion/curiosity :-) - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  14. Tons of it. I'm curious if this is a Mk.II, as the nacelles seem rather round. But I dunno! - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
  15. I don't suppose anyone makes SBC's (Small Bomb Containers) in 1/32, do they? I usually like to do things just a tad different than most ;-) - Dennis S. Thornton, CO USA
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