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Yes another B-17. This one had been staring me in the face for a long time. Highly inspired by Dave his build In Peril

 

 

The subject is a B17G-70-DL serial 44-6954 during operation Chowhound. This operation was launched to save the starving people in the Netherlands  because they were dying from lack of food after a gruesome winter. The American and British airforces dropped food after negotiations with the Germans to allow a safe passage for the planes. The bombers flew at a low altitude with marginal crews to drop the food for the Dutch people.

 

44694562500_f877ca4f27_k.jpgair_flyingfortress2 liquid-8-or by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

This is what I would like to create. I know that the plane was from the 569th BS / 390 BG. Ther name of the plane was Liquid-8-Or. The only coloured image I gound on the net is this one

 

46459612352_99fa004caa_b.jpgjk_b-17g_ccf-2 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

I do not know if this is correct but a yellow rudder and a diagonal yellow stripe on the starboard wing is all? And even more important, the plane was a veteran with over 70 missions. Was there any nose art? I cannot find it maybe anyone her can tell me?

 

I have ordered boxes 10 in 1 menu scale 1/35 and I have a crew, must figure out a way to make a tail gunner and how to fit the ball gunner inside the ball turret. As far as I can see in the picture there is not a top turret gunner.

 

I want to make the propellors turning, where can I obtain the electro engines? It will be a in flight model. the base will be a large picture in black and white taken during the operation.

 

Also a challenge will be the support for the plane. Because of its seize and weight it is something I have to figure out. The support will be hidden from vieuw by the rationboxes, it will also hide the wiring for the engines.

 

31571450027_c530bee105_k.jpg110_4332 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

31571450237_db4ff69e14_k.jpg110_4338 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

And it is big

 

46459612412_3b6b73a005_k.jpg110_4333 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

the crew

 

31571520627_a3d75202c9_k.jpg110_4381 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

I made a modest start, added straps to the oxygentanks made out of alufoil.

 

This will be by far the most ambitious thing I have done so far but I am looking forward to the ride!

 

Rick.

 

 

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I am jealous of people how build a B17. It's such a beautiful plane but I don't have room enough to build one. So I will follow closely.  Good luck and have fun.

 

Ferry

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44700409540_b25c912924_z.jpg110_4384 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

44700409770_afa3bd6db4_z.jpg110_4383 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

Rough cockpit layout. The figures are from masterdetail.

 

2 hours ago, themongoose said:

Try magic scale modeling to spin the props. I think they are in Belgium. 

Looks like a fun and ambitious build for sure. I like how it’s moving along!

Thanks I will check them out

6 hours ago, Fvdm said:

I am jealous of people how build a B17. It's such a beautiful plane but I don't have room enough to build one. So I will follow closely.  Good luck and have fun.

 

Ferry

For now I only try to build it. When it is done I don"t have a clue where to put it

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Impressive project.  I see your subject is from the 390th BG, which was based at Parham, aka Framlingham.  Thought you might be interested to see a couple of views from the control tower, which has been restored as a museum.

 

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46474682862_ae36f4126a_z.jpgLiquid-8-Or by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

Somebody on a Dutch forum found this one.

 

I am still very curious wether there was any noseart involved, or a name and/or mission symbols. All the pictures I know show the plane from the portside but I have not seen any picture displaying the starboard side. Mayby someone over here knows?

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Small update,

 

Been working on the bombardeers office, the bombsight and reworked the chin turret.  Question about that when the turret is pointing to the side there are two "black" panels showing in the pictures. Are those clear panels or something like that?

 

46582907802_97685dd957_z.jpg110_4436 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

45720601835_8717063171_z.jpg110_4435 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

46582908052_051cb28f5e_z.jpg110_4434 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

45720602885_33e9a6b688_z.jpg110_4433 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

46582908272_c07c77fa84_z.jpg110_4431 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

45720603475_3ac7419169_z.jpg110_4430 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

46582908432_4e9cd0e4a5_z.jpg110_4429 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

Rick

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