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  1. FUSE PANEL ,RADIO ROOM HATCH AND CONTROL CABLES! Hi guys Hows it all going in the model world? Here we have the next installment of the radio room build for this B17G...as the the title states I managed to get 3 things completed since the last post....so starting with the fuse box here are some photos............ Quite straight forward really...a thickish piece of plastic was cut and manipulated into the fuse box!! It was then painted and cables added to it ....and here it is installed in it's rightful position! I then played around with the radio room hatch by adding the 4 escape/securing handles....basically I bent a sliver of aluminum from a cola can Then started the real fun and games! I never thought that adding the control cables would be such a pain!..I mean I put the cables into the nose section and the bomb bay without the blasted hassle I had this time.....it was all done by trial and error...starting over twice as I just couldn't get it to look right...I tried different gauges of electrical wire....I even tried using some fishing line!..the glue wouldn't set or I couldn't get the cables to tighten...but in the end I found some other small gauge electrical wire which wouldn't bend and made some guiders(for want of a better word) so that the cables were at equal distances to each other!.... Not sure if I know what I'm talking about!!....so here are the photos of the end result!! Oh .....I also sprayed the internal walls and placed the two window perspex on either side of the fuselage. So that's it for another week guys.........thanks a lot for looking in Later's Fozzy
  2. Well hi there one and all! After a long long break which included Christmas/New Year and a trip to San Diego to see family I have finally returned to my office and the B17G.......I do hope the start of this year has been kind to you all so far! So what have I done?...well I have done all the basic construction for the top half of the radio room. It took some time as the sky light above the radio room proved to be a bit of a pain to get it together...I just hope that it looks ok! The insides to the Balsa fuselage was covered with the plastic from yogurt pots as I usually do and then the ribs and other detail was glued into place using plastic card. Here are the photos starting with just the top half of the fuselage..................  ...and here are the two halves put together temporarily using some masking tape!......... A bit of a boring post I must admit but...... the next few posts to come will be much more interesting as I will be starting scratching all the radios etc ....after I have given the inside a spray up!! So until then...once again thanks for looking in Fozzy
  3. Brilliant video showing the potential power of the ball turret and of course the cramped space the gunner had to squeeze into!....thanks for sharing the video themongoose
  4. Good afternoon to you all! It's me back to bother you once again!! My last post showed that I had finished the camera pit and so it was on to completing the radio room floor and the floor area that houses the ball turret. So we will start of with the constructing photos I took of the floor area behind the radio room bulk head..... The big hole will be for the ball turret!...eventually! Here you can see the Azimuth gear ring for operating the 360 degree turret swivel....this took some time and patience as I made it out of scores of very small cut pieces of wire....aaaaggghh! ...and here is the walk way for the ball turret. The next few photos are of the area painted ..... So now it was back to the radio room floor that had to be finished off. You will see that I have made the hatch for the camera pit which I will display open to show the pit ...as not many people know of the area!!....the wooden floor boards put in place (lots of carpentry in the B17....less weight!)...and the walkways.I also put in a couple of hand cranks on the bottom of the forward bulkhead which were for the adjusting of heat in the cabin.....as far as I'm aware! What I wanted to do now was have a look at the initial fit for the ball turret. A few adjustments here and there and she slotted into position......this is just a dry fit as later on I have to do a lot more work on the top of the turret. You can also see in the last photo that I have shown the scale by putting my coffee cup next to it!..... So that's the lower half completed at long last. I am now going to start on the upper half the radio room but I haven't got long before I depart from my office for a couple of months for the Christmas period. I will try and get another post ready but not sure of the time I have. In the meantime I do hope you are all enjoying preparing for Christmas....not sure if I am!!...Bah Humbug! Cheers for taking a peek! Fozzy
  5. CAMERA PIT PART 2 Hi guys I have now managed to complete the camera pit after rather a difficult week or so trying to find information about the equipment that is found in the pit. I do hope that I have done the area justice and hope that it is realistic enough! Its rather a large post so lets get on with it!.... To start with I made the main Junction box and wired it all up.....here's a photo..... Here it is all painted..... I then had to make the Intervallmeter power box which is connected to the camera which allows photos to be taken at intervals for photos of bomb blasts on the target ......this was a fiddly affair being so small but got there in the end!..... ...and painted..... This insect posed for me whilst taking the shot!! Here we have a couple of Supercharger control Amplifiers!....who knows what they do!...amplifies the super charger?..ha ha..haven't a clue!  Here they are installed at the back of the camera pit...... The Camera support frame was then built using plastic and wire...... Here is my attempt at scratching the Fairchild K17 camera which was largely used on the B17s...... ...and so you can get the scale of it........ Now comes the unsure of what's what section!! On the floor of the camera pit there is a viewfinder aperture....as far as I can make out ,the operator would attach a view finder onto the aperture which was long enough for the operator to just bend forward and look through it whilst sitting in the chair. This is what I think it looks like from some dodgy photos......... So then....here are a few photos of the now complete camera pit....... I will leave the camera pit door open so that all this work can be seen. So that's another section complete and it's now onto the radio room itself starting with the lower section....lots of radios to be built! As usual thanks a lot for your interest in this build especially to the guys who have followed this for over the past 4-5 years...you will deserve a medal...along side me!! Cheers for looking in and all the best! Fozzy
  6. 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
  7. Cheers Rich! I have registered with the group you have mentioned and I am eagerly awaiting to see your B17 photos!....thanks for the heads up mate! Fozzy
  8. 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! So until the next post ...cheers for looking in ! Fozzy
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