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CONTINUATION OF MY 1:20 SCALE SCRATCH BUILT B17G (RADIO ROOM)

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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.....

 

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Here it is all painted.....

 

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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!.....

 

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...and painted.....

 

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This insect posed for me whilst taking the shot!!

 

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Here we have a couple of Supercharger control Amplifiers!....who knows what they do!...amplifies the super charger?..ha ha..haven't a clue! 

 

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Here they are installed at the back of the camera pit......

 

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The Camera support frame was then built using plastic and wire......

 

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Here is my attempt at scratching the Fairchild K17 camera which was largely used on the B17s......

 

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...and so you can get the scale of it........

 

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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.........

 

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So then....here are a few photos of the now complete camera pit.......

 

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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

 

 

 

Edited by fozzy

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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.....

 

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The big hole will be for the ball turret!...eventually!

 

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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!

 

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...and here is the walk way for the ball turret.

 

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The next few photos are of the area painted .....

 

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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!

 

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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!.....

 

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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

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Great build! I don't know what I like most but the ball turret looks really terrific. This topic is a joy to follow. Keep up the good wordk.

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