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THE FINAL HURDLE!... 1:20 scale scratch built B17G


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  • 2 weeks later...

Morning fellow modelers!

 

I have been doing  the laborious task of making up the entire interior with all the ribs etc!....this was only achievable by listening to all my favorite bands on my player ...taking the occasional paracetamol when my head started to ache from staring at hundreds of little pieces of plastic!!....and having the time on my hands to get through it!!..........still needs must and all that!

 

I'm so pleased that this phase is over because from now on the build becomes more interesting ....and hopefully for you guys as well!.......so here are the photos of all my effort!

 

First I glued strips of plastic onto the yogurt pot walls representing the vertical ribs ...and then  I had to cut hundreds of pieces of plastic representing the horizontal ribs.... so that I could glue them between the vertical ribs .....this sounds as boring as it was!

 

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So here we go then!.............

 

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.....a week later it was time to spray the base interior green!

 

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PHEW!.................

 

I decided to prepare the balsa wood fuselage for skinning with the aluminum sheets ,which I will do at a later stage...(it also strengthens the fuselage)......so to that end I covered the fuselage with tissue glued on with PVC glue and then brushed on shrinking dope. Now its as tough as old boots and I am as high as a kite!:wacko:

 

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This afternoon I will have a go at preparing the riveting on the dorsal fin and then maybe spray it tomorrow!

 

Probably one more post to go for a while as I'm off to see my wife in UK....due to this Pandemic I have been stuck here in Bulgaria and haven't seen her since last March!

 

See you on the next post!

 

Cheers

 

Fozzy

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hi guys

 

Well this will definitely be the last post before I return to the UK for a month or so....I will be returning back in September to continue with this project!

 

What I wanted to do was get as much done as possible with the tail /rudder and dorsal fin before my break and so first off I sprayed the tail unit yellow. This was more difficult than I thought as my airbrush decided to give up the ghost!...when I turned the outlet valve on the compressor to send the air flow to the brush the blasted thing kept spraying and I couldn't stop it! the only way was to turn the outlet **** off to stop spraying! I have had the air brush for many years so I am not surprised to be honest. I think the air in let valve is knackered...thought it might be blocked with dried paint but that isn't the case.Any way I will buy a replacement when I'm in the UK.

So I manged to cope with the yellow paint being half sprayed on the model and half all over the place!.....here is the tail unit now sprayed!

 

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Now came the tricky bit!.....no decals in 1:20 scale so I had to make them all. The base colour of black/white was sprayed in the appropriate place and then I made the markings by cutting out the numbers/letters from some sticky back Teflon....you can see I am in the process of doing this in this next photo........

 

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Once the paint had dried I took off all the masking and here is the end result......

 

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There are two greenish stripes that also have to be sprayed on the tail but need to have the two half's completed and skinned before I can do that.

 

So the tail is now virtually complete (a few more minor details to add later). Of course there is all the interior parts to be scratched yet ,which is what I will look forward to do in September!

 

I needed to take a look at the whole thing to see how she was looking so far!....by doing this you can also see if there are any headaches to sort out down the road. So to that end I got the completed front section out of it's box and temporarily attached it to the rear section and took a few photos.....what do you think so far?....

 

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Its huge!...the model that is!...like a meter in length....don't quote me on that....but it's ...HUGE!!

 

OK....So I will continue with this beast in September and so until then happy modelling and stay safe guys!

 

Cheers

 

Fozzy

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