1/32 recovered B-17 - UPDATE 20/5/13 - skinning / HK kit comparison
Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:11 PM
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:18 AM
Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:35 AM
What a great build project.
Very ambitious; marrying vac kit fuselage with a standard injection kit truck plus scratch build a trailer.
Which vac kit B17 are you using?
Is the vac kit a 1/35 scale like the Diamond T wrecker?
Look forward to more updates.
Work In Progress
1/32 Ju 52 "Tante Ju"
Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:32 PM
back with a small update - to answer Christian's question first - the kit is a 1/32 vacform by ID models - and the wrecker I plan to use is a 1/35 kit by Accurate Armour
OK - I removed more openings for windows and turrets etc. I decided that I would make the turrets first, before starting on the interior. First up was the Bendix 'chin' turret. I referred once more to the excellent thread started at the warbird information exchange website about the restoration of the B-17G at Duxford, as well as numerous other images found on the net, and my reference books.
The turret is a complex shape - I started with a tube of thin plastic card & cut out the various openings needed. The bottom of the turret is rounded & curved in complicated ways. I found another use for my pack of ping pong balls left over from the Corsair build & chopped the bottom off one & stuck it on. Here's some images from the warbird information exchange site for illustrative purposes only - these are of the restoration of B-17 'Texas Raiders' - this shot shows the shell ejection ports at the top, and the openings at the bottom for the .50 cals to allow full elevation and depression of the guns:
the large square openings are inspection windows at the back of the turret:
here's what I knocked up:
Edited by richdlc, 13 April 2012 - 06:47 PM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:35 PM
and after cleanup, sanding, filling & a coat of primer:
there is also a streamlined fairing behind the turret - I basically made it through trial and error with a fan shaped piece of thin plasticard and some internal ribs from slightly thicker card - here's everything roughly mocked up:
I couldn't resist mocking up how the turret will look with some .50 cals installed:
that's it for now - questions & comments welcomed!
Edited by richdlc, 13 April 2012 - 04:36 PM.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:15 PM
Good luck with the build.
Edited by MARU5137, 13 April 2012 - 05:15 PM.
Potius Mori quam foedari.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:28 PM
I always wait for the paper each morning. I look at the obituary column and if Iím not in it, I go to work.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:34 PM
Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:12 AM
Looks like it will require an own parking lot when finished!
Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:53 PM
*update 19th April 2012*
Been cracking on with building the turrets - have done just about all I can for now on the chin turret, so started on the ball turret.
The vac kit provides this in two halves, moulded in clear plastic - unfortunately the transparency isn't great but hey, what can you expect... on the plus side, a lot of it gets covered up by paint
First up are some images of the real thing - there were two types of turret, early and late - the early ones had more viewing windows in the sides - here's a pic of the ball turret taken during a restoration of Memphis Belle (for illustrative purposes only):
and a couple from the restoration of 'Texas Raiders' (again for illustrative purposes only) - you can just about make out that the turret in the last two pics (a late model) has fewer windows than the early pattern turret in the first pic:
I decided to go with the late model turret - this will probably come back to bite me in the ass later when I realize that only natural metal finish aircraft had them (and I want to do an O/D machine) but I'll deal with that issue if and when...
OK - here's some images of my turret under construction. I made the framing for each little window from very thin plasticard & attached using liquid cement. Mounts for the guns from plastic tube, strip and sheet. I carefully removed the crewman's access hatch - I only have one of these turrets so any false moves and it's adios muchachos! the armoured glass directly in front of the gunner is flat, and the kit part curved - I carefully removed the latter & replaced it with a flat piece of clear thermaform.
remove curved part, replace with flat
Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:58 PM
a few more pics - head on, right side up
head on, upside down - have started to remove shell ejection ports:
I have one or two more little windows to add, plus some details like seams, nuts and bolts etc - it's a little confusing to look at now but I will give it a coat of primer & it should be much easier to work with - next up, the interior - fun fun fun!
Edited by richdlc, 19 April 2012 - 09:04 PM.
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