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1/48 B-17F Build - 303rd BGs Luscious Lady
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 02:44 AM UTC

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My North Carolina friend is taking another "cut" at cutting out the pilot and copilot's windows so that we can position them open, and that has also held things up.



"Held up" did I say? Not anymore. Check out the spectacular work cutting out the pilot and copilot's forward windows so that they can be positioned opened!





I took a try at this myself with another part and it was, like, a total failure. My friend says he got this done in about 10 minutes. Talk about a skill set!

This certainly boosts my enthusiasm for getting this tedious fuselage work done so that I can start on other things like the ball turret and nose glass, which are no less tedious. But I've chosen my poison! This is progress.

Indeed, I think this cockpit glass is going to look great when we do the finishing work and position the open windows inside. To my knowledge no one has yet built a B-17 in 1/48 scale with the cockpit windows open.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 03:24 AM UTC
Brian -

Nice work ! How did he do it - drill corners and saw out with jewelers saw ?

Inquiring minds want to know - Richard
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 03:41 AM UTC

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Brian -

Nice work ! How did he do it - drill corners and saw out with jewelers saw ?

Inquiring minds want to know - Richard



I'll ask. There is some filing still needed but this is #1 for a first cut. I do think it's a first with this kit, at least as published on the intertoobz.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 04:02 AM UTC
Wow, Brian! Those cutouts are spectacular. Kudos to your friend.

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 07:29 PM UTC
Nice going ! A subtle detail that will add to the overall look.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 08:09 PM UTC

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Nice going ! A subtle detail that will add to the overall look.



I think so too Paul, plus it will give a clear look inside the cockpit at the instrument panel etc. So I'm very pleased with it.
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 01:12 AM UTC
Brian,
Great job!
That gives me an idea! I have some crystal clear resin that has a short life span once open I have been lining things up to cast before I start the B-17 windscreen has just been added to the list.

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 12:01 AM UTC
Anything new since April, Brian? I mean 46 pages of posts later and you left me hanging... LOL!

Kind of like watching The Maltese Falcon and having the cable go out in the last 5 minutes!
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 01:14 AM UTC
Believe me I'm as interested in the movie getting finished as you are. I should have a new post up very soon.
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 07:13 PM UTC
IT'S BEEN A WHILE

There's no doubt that I fell into a creative hole after joining the fuselage together. This is an update on events since.

I tried installing the beautifully cut pilots' canopy piece sent by my North Carolina friend myself, but failed. The part broke, and attempts to fix it, etc. etc. etc.

Finally, after putting the fuselage on the table and letting it sit for a couple weeks, I called my North Carolina friend and said that the only way I was going to get this done was with his help.

I traveled down there this past weekend. We started over with the canopy glass from, believe it or not, in the one prior B-17 F kit I built in the early eighties, now long since reduced to spare parts bin stuff. (A family cat knocking it off the table was responsible for that).

So, here is a new roof with the canopy glass installed. This new roof is also from the eighties build.



You will note that the side glass has been cut out again in this old part. For those wondering how he did it, an electrical drill very carefully employed is the secret.

Here are a couple of views of the canopy roof installed.







Here you can also see the polished out nose piece with bracket for the nose that he fabricated.

Obviously, I have more primer to spray after masking all this, and we won't know how good it really looks until that is applied. Part of the fun of wondering if you got things right on a years-long project!

I close with the horizontal horizontal stabilizers glued on and with control surfaces taped to them.



And here is a shot of the overall fuselage from front to back with nose Plexiglas taped.



It does have that look of an F model, doesn't it?

I still can't believe the amount of work I have put into this project, not to mention the years. It goes without saying that I couldn't have done this at all without the help of my North Carolina friend because of how "at the limits of technology" so many of these tasks are for me.

As to how many other kits I could have built during this time? Who knows? I don't think about such things anymore. The way I look at it, once I get this done I can go back to my hobby of building model airplanes!

The next few weeks will be spent re-scribing panel lines that are still missing and then moving on to either the ball turret (shudder) or more likely than not the engines by Eduard, which will be 4 nice little kits in and of themselves.

As they say, "I'll keep you posted."
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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 07:33 PM UTC
Great to hear that the Luscious Lady still soldiers on and is looking mean as hell with the "roof" on!
Every little update is progress Brian, and one less thing to do. We all go through dips in our motivation to model but it's so satisfying to come back to it and make a few leaps forward...

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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2017 - 09:31 PM UTC

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Great to hear that the Luscious Lady still soldiers on and is looking mean as hell with the "roof" on!
Every little update is progress Brian, and one less thing to do. We all go through dips in our motivation to model but it's so satisfying to come back to it and make a few leaps forward...




Thank you Paul!
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 12:47 AM UTC
Brian,
Glad to see you back at it. And glad to see it closed up and getting some paint.

Gaz
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 12:54 AM UTC
Brian - What a treat to see this posted ! Glad to see you back and progressing -

Lost a little of my mojo myself with a wedding and work commitments but seeing this is whetting my appetite a bit - keep at it !
Richard
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 01:18 AM UTC
Good to see you back! Looks like fairing that windscreen in was a bit of an adventure but it was worth it! Keep on truckin'
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Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 07:08 PM UTC
Thanks guys for all the encouragement.

Brian
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Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 09:03 PM UTC
Lovely, 40 some odd pages of wonderfully documented work gone because of Photobuckets stupidity.
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Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:18 PM UTC

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Lovely, 40 some odd pages of wonderfully documented work gone because of Photobuckets stupidity.



They sent me an email (after the fact!) stating that they were not happy that I was sharing my photos on a 3rd party site and said that if I wanted to continue doing so, please send them $300.

My response was "ESAD".
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 01:28 AM UTC

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Lovely, 40 some odd pages of wonderfully documented work gone because of Photobuckets stupidity.



They sent me an email (after the fact!) stating that they were not happy that the steadily worsening user experience of their woefully obsolete site isn't attracting enough new paying users in this day and age, and figured out that of course the best and rational thing to do is to hasten their demise by turning to their existing userbase, dropping 3rd party from all but the highest tier paid accounts so, please send them $300.

My response was "ESAD".



Fixed that for you.
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 02:14 AM UTC

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Lovely, 40 some odd pages of wonderfully documented work gone because of Photobuckets stupidity.



They sent me an email (after the fact!) stating that they were not happy that the steadily worsening user experience of their woefully obsolete site isn't attracting enough new paying users in this day and age, and figured out that of course the best and rational thing to do is to hasten their demise by turning to their existing userbase, dropping 3rd party from all but the highest tier paid accounts so, please send them $300.

My response was "ESAD".



Fixed that for you.



Yes, unilateral charges after screwing the customer by taking the pics down is GREAT PR.

I already moved to another service that offers actual functionality, vs. these clowns. It's outrageous that they did this with no prior notice. ESAD indeed.
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 03:20 AM UTC
Brian - I feel like this is some post apocalyptic scenario where the straggling survivors are finding joy in one by one discovering who is still alive - I am glad to see you posting however minimal. After much vacillation I signed up for the under
$ 20. / yr ImageShack deal - Unlimited storage and I could find nothing in their TOS prohibiting 3rd party hosting but perhaps it would take an attorney to ferret that out. I have only begun to repair PB's vandalism of my Hayabusa blog and I may not have the energy to do it completely yet alone my others - one step at a time.
Again , glad to have evidence you are still with us - hope all is well with you and yours - Richard
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 03:25 AM UTC
Addendum- Help an old and uninformed fool out - re: ESAD - eat poop and die ?
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 04:12 AM UTC

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Addendum- Help an old and uninformed fool out - re: ESAD - eat poop and die ?



Yes, I had to Google it myself!
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 05:32 AM UTC

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Addendum- Help an old and uninformed fool out - re: ESAD - eat poop and die ?



Yes, I had to Google it myself!



Regarding our mutual sentiments concerning PB - if I may be granted the indulgence of a suffix - ESADMF(ers)
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 01:06 AM UTC
If it helps I think I have most if not all the pics from this thread.

Cheers Rob.