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Total Scratch build of the front end of a B17G!

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Thanks guys for all your comments ! :)

 

Brian...I am going to attempt to construct the cockpit roof the same way as above the Navigator/Bombardier position....exposing formers and stringers......the hardest part will be the area around the top turret! :o ....but I'm on it!

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Thanks guys for all your comments ! :)

 

Brian...I am going to attempt to construct the cockpit roof the same way as above the Navigator/Bombardier position....exposing formers and stringers......the hardest part will be the area around the top turret! :o ....but I'm on it!

 

 

Ah that makes sense. It seems easier to do AND see things that way VS making an actual clear roof/ceiling to the plane.

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Hi Lads

 

This is a progress so far ! smile.png

 

As I said in my last post ...I have started constructing the new roof area above the cockpit...I am nowhere near finishing it but here are some photos to show how its progressing .......

 

In this first couple of photos you can see that I have taken the knife to the original top fuselage half and just cut out the part I thought I'd need........the window frames

 

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After a bit of sanding and cleaning up I dry fitted it to the cockpit area............

 

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I then started to build the frame work for the roof section.....leaving a gap for the top turret to eventually sit

 

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So that's where I am at the moment.

 

Still plenty more formers and stringers to attach before I can start on the setting of the top turret.

 

I'll be back when I have more progress...thanks for looking in guys wink.png

 

Fozzy

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Hello Fozzy,

 

What is there to say you just make me to turn to stamp collecting again :clap2:  :clap2: !

 

Cheers

Boris

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Heidi Hi to all

Time for an update.

Most of the structure is now complete above the cockpit up to the upper turret position.

I have managed to kind of suspend the sky light perspex-es so that you can observe the detail in the cockpit. The front wind shield and side windows are now in position and I am almost ready to fix the upper turret.

Windshield and side windows were constructed first out of plastic and the perspex is made from food packaging ....here is a photo...

 

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Here are some shots of the window frames in place.........

 

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These photos show the top perspex-es .....

 

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....and there's more!!!

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..and finally I have temporarily placed the upper turret in place to check what it might look like!!............

 

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OMG!!....I AM GETTING CLOSE TO FINISHING !!!...... yahoo.gif

 

In my next post I should have the Upper Turret completed........so until then ....thanks for looking in chaps! smile.png

 

Fozzy

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Hello to all!

"The light at the end of the tunnel" is shining very brightly now as I approach the end of this massive project I took on 2 years ago!

The last hurdle that I had to face was the suspending of the upper turret....which I am happy to report surprisingly didn't give me too much trouble...well maybe a bit!! ;)

I wasn't going to at first but in the end decided to replace the detail that was on the cockpit ceiling before I re- hashed it all...wiring it all up I found a bit difficult due to the lack of space but after swearing at it for a few hours I managed to replace it all!

Using plenty of scrap plastic to scratch build the parts....this set of photos show that the detail within the cockpit is now complete.....

 

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Here are some internal shots of the gunners swivel plate (for want of a better word!!)

 

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Now that the rear is complete I am going forward again to attach the front nose perspex and scratch build all the MG barrels (6 of them) and fix in place.

 

...but first I'm off on a little break tomorrow and driving to Istanbul for a few days and so the next post will be a little while coming !.............but I'll be back!

 

Only a few more posts to go and that's it!! smile.png

 

Cheers as always for looking in guys

 

Fozzy

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