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This is an idea that I've been kicking around for ages, a 1:48 B-17 50/50 cutaway. The idea here is to paint one half (along the fuselage vertical centerline) OD over grey, with markings of one squadron, with the other half in a natural metal scheme from another squadron, and cutaways on both sides showing internal areas.

 

I don't believe there's a prayer in heck that I could ever get this finished in time for Omaha, but (thinking rather optimistically) I'm hoping it will be done for Tennessee in 2019.

 

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With this new pile of Fortress AM that I just received, plus all of the True Details interior parts I already have here, as well as buying some more stuff, it should get very interesting indeed, at least to me.

 

I fully expect this to be a lengthy and drawn out affair, so don't expect much in the way of regular updates from me after I get started on it.

 

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Definitely looking forward to this!

 

Me too. I got the idea years ago from a fella that built a lot of commercial aircraft models. He'd essentially build two models from one, hanging each half on the wall.

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Great idea.  I'm considering similar for a 1:48 B-24, although both will be 43rd BG in NMF.  The port side will be Cocktail Hour, but I haven't decided between The Dragon and his Tail or Mabel's Labels for the starboard.

 

Watching ...

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Great idea.  I'm considering similar for a 1:48 B-24, although both will be 43rd BG in NMF.  The port side will be Cocktail Hour, but I haven't decided between The Dragon and his Tail or Mabel's Labels for the starboard.

 

Watching ...

 

It's one way to get a lot more mileage from a single kit. Mounted on a turntable of some sort, I can just flip it from time to time, for essentially two different B-17's from the same model.

 

Neat!

 

I think so too, Brian. The receipt of all that cool AM is what finally set this one in motion. My biggest problem now (and it is a problem), is trying to determine if I want it on the ground, or in the air. Both options offer advantages.

 

ambitious but I like it :)

 

Not as ambitious as you might initially think, Shawn, just basically a bunch of AM stuffed into it.

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Quite some time back, I snatched a copy of this book, "just in case". The real problem here is: 1. I can't paint figures with a darn 2. Figures would throw the model into the diorama category, which I really don't want. Still, better to be prepared, I guess.

 

 

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This is a bit more difficult than I had first imagined. Many of the really cool natural metal -17's were of a later design, with different waist guns and tail stingers, however I did find one that may be a possibility for the starboard side. I'll keep digging though, as I have quite a lot of Fortress references.

 

 

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