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Dennis,

 

This is of great interest.  I am also building my grandfather's B-17 from the 96 BG.  I am building his B-17F from the 337 BS using the 1/32 HK kit, and am at about the same stage of the build as you.  Really having fun with the inside, using the Eduard PE and some scratch building. 

 

He was the aircraft commander, shot down in June 1943 on his second mission, and imprisoned.

 

You are very luck to have actual pictures of your grandfather's plane.  I have done pretty extensive research on my subject, but have been unable to find photos of the plane I'm building.  Then again once it got to England it only survived for about 2 weeks.

 

Good luck!

 

Don R

 

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Dennis,

 

This is of great interest.  I am also building my grandfather's B-17 from the 96 BG.  I am building his B-17F from the 337 BS using the 1/32 HK kit, and am at about the same stage of the build as you.  Really having fun with the inside, using the Eduard PE and some scratch building. 

 

He was the aircraft commander, shot down in June 1943 on his second mission, and imprisoned.

 

You are very luck to have actual pictures of your grandfather's plane.  I have done pretty extensive research on my subject, but have been unable to find photos of the plane I'm building.  Then again once it got to England it only survived for about 2 weeks.

 

Good luck!

 

Don R

 

                                      :hi:

 

Tell us someting about it Don, you never know what we might find.

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Holy cow its been a long time since I did an update! Bout time, right?

 

Since I last left you (which was a real long time ago), I have sealed up the fuselage:

 

42774072781_77e242f588_k.jpg35239539_10102527702575992_3054008329148825600_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

Her insides are appropriately busy, too:

 

23917971777_80a8b91d8f_b.jpg24177082_10102271475796512_191279881460025936_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

37896224905_bfbbb55890_b.jpg24312610_10102271475746612_626128421851756686_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

After sealing the fuselage, it was the tedious task of sand, scribe, sand some more, scribe again, sand a few more little spots, prime it, find a few more spots that need a little extra attention, sand, scribe, and then... voila! She's ready for paint. As its a natural metal bird, I needed her smooth and shiny. After much humming and hawing, I settled on AK Extreme Metals. I was drawn to their durability, self leveling characteristics, and the great metal sheen they provided. So, I took a chance, spraying metallics through the airbrush for the first time. This was my result:

 

42702703720_3e1517d5d4_k.jpg20180903_140122 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

42702704580_d2453bf0dc_k.jpg20180903_102156 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

A few panels were picked out with other colors to provide a little variation, using war-time photographs as reference:

 

42702703190_a1c3d35464_k.jpg20180905_105048 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

Stay tuned for part two for more updates...

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After allowing the AK metals a few days to dry and cure fully (it really dries and cures if about 30 minutes, but I wanted to be sure), I masked her off for her squadron colors:

 

42702701570_e7ea8dd837_k.jpg20180905_184513 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

96th BG birds carried the twin red tail/wing bands, and 337th BS birds carried a red band around the nose. Studying reference pictures of the crash, I observed that the front of the port side cheek gun was painted red along with the nose, and the starboard side forward nose window had red painted around its border:

 

44481918122_e80db02b16_k.jpg41045759_573396976425563_6324215403488739328_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

How would the masking tape and red (MM enamel insignia red) work over the AK Metals? Well, perfectly actually:

 

44594148641_716a8ae9f3_b.jpg41332473_10102634811164522_4122621743154069504_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

43875490824_58f39aef8f_b.jpg41418398_10102634811119612_2424225514915889152_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

I was feeling pretty inspired at this point, so I shot the antiglare in front of the cockpit, and got to task applying the decals. Decals were custom made from JBot Decals, and they went down great:

 

29826171867_7009a96ef9_k.jpg41873213_1974463319278412_1345755949830242304_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

43853656095_41e982cbc0_k.jpg41943862_321131141970773_1211684345207586816_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

29826171327_68a19881c2_k.jpg41958036_1817414744994333_2471037239648321536_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

Windows were cleaned up, gun barrels and fiddly bits added, and the fuselage was mostly complete. She's really starting to look the part:

 

44037260385_a978f68644_k.jpg42591520_2384286398264674_236551839292588032_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

44037259765_0e1352e7d7_k.jpg42611657_310386739787574_6135258768272785408_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

44037260155_16911d5eb1_k.jpg42601091_281713176008644_6617723061791621120_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

44037259385_4f5739ef1f_k.jpg42612009_308207156634512_6888743405204013056_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

Part three coming up...

 

 

 

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After the fuselage was complete, work started on the wings. Since I first planned this build, I wanted to incorporate one of Eduard's beautiful Brassin engines. The quality of the engine really stands out when compared to the kit engines, even with Eduard photo-etch upgrades:

 

48439165082_9c74ea791d_b.jpg37412602_10102576627060932_7072215191089315840_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

48439020191_f8c36b3867_b.jpg37602505_10102576627110832_2466304645249630208_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

48439020141_dc6c9fd09d_b.jpg37613708_10102576627295462_2008003219262799872_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

The kit engines really don't look too bad with all the Eduard stuff attached, though:

 

48439164937_6d28b51834_b.jpg37615318_10102576627520012_3179946451123830784_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

The engines were installed in their cowlings, and those were painted up as well. Props were completed, and I just couldn't resist throwing them onto a wing to check them out:

 

48439071981_8659fd860d_k.jpg54405583_258361531707186_4458971515550957568_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

And that brings us up to now with the photos! I have finished the sanding on the wings, and have begun the rescribing process. I'm hoping to prime them in the next few days, and get some paint on them next week some time. Landing gear are also under construction (the oleos have been shortened), and I am currently replacing the brake lines with lead wire. Wheels and tires are done, and final details are being placed on the fuselage. The end is definitely in sight! My hope is to have her done for a show on September 28th here in Colorado. Stay tuned!

 

As always, comments and critiques are most welcome.

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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As a side note, too, this post comes with some sobering news. When I left you last (July of 2017), my Grandfather was still alive. He ended up passing away on December 24th, 2017. I traveled to PA for his funeral, and while I was there, something fascinating happened. I came into possession of close to 1200 photo negatives from his time in WWII, to include training before the war, and his time in the occupation forces afterwards. But I needed to get them developed...

 

I passed them along to an outfit in Canada (who's name escapes me, sorry), that does photo restorations for the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. They did an amazing job with the photos, which included, to my amazement, about 15-20 additional photos of the crash of 44-6888:

 

27278336127_7dc4888b31_b.jpg0568.L.033 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

27278335877_65f4ae60b7_b.jpg0568.L.034 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

40342418150_dd34fae967_b.jpg0568.L.058 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

The big gem from the photos? A really majestic photograph of my Grandfather taken during WWII, under the engine of a B-17. It was a fitting tribute to the man who's inspired this build for me, and I will leave you what that photo to enjoy and soak in.

 

25594739788_2e703f612b_z.jpg26241290_10210747976678803_569739957_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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10 hours ago, Dennis7423 said:

As a side note, too, this post comes with some sobering news. When I left you last (July of 2017), my Grandfather was still alive. He ended up passing away on December 24th, 2017. I traveled to PA for his funeral, and while I was there, something fascinating happened. I came into possession of close to 1200 photo negatives from his time in WWII, to include training before the war, and his time in the occupation forces afterwards. But I needed to get them developed...

 

I passed them along to an outfit in Canada (who's name escapes me, sorry), that does photo restorations for the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. They did an amazing job with the photos, which included, to my amazement, about 15-20 additional photos of the crash of 44-6888:

 

27278336127_7dc4888b31_b.jpg0568.L.033 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

27278335877_65f4ae60b7_b.jpg0568.L.034 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

40342418150_dd34fae967_b.jpg0568.L.058 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

The big gem from the photos? A really majestic photograph of my Grandfather taken during WWII, under the engine of a B-17. It was a fitting tribute to the man who's inspired this build for me, and I will leave you what that photo to enjoy and soak in.

 

25594739788_2e703f612b_z.jpg26241290_10210747976678803_569739957_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

Stunning build Den, and what an enigmatic photo, wonder what he was thinking

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Every time I stare at these photos, I see something new to make the build more accurate. What do you guys make of the color differences here? It almost looks like she got a new leading edge at some point. Looks like the front end of the red wing stripes don't match the rest of the wing. Additionally, what do you make of the discoloration on the aileron? Inquiring minds (mine) are curious what the masses think:

 

48495231506_213b688d8f_b.jpgInked27278336127_7dc4888b31_b_LI by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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Posted (edited)

Wow! Talk about returning with a bang!

 

The model is looking fantastic. You've done an amazing job matching a particular aircraft. The fact that it is your grandfather's is all the more poignant, and I am sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing all of this. It is always so satisfying to connect a build to a particular person or crew, but when you have a family connection, that puts it at another level.

 

Enjoy the rest of the build! We are.

 

Richard

 

 

Edited by R Palimaka

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