I think the biggest trouble with this kit is the injector pin marks on most of the interior pieces. They are going to be a real pain to clean up. This is after quite a bit of cleaning. Had to use filler on the big hole on the left.
I'm using Interior Green. Technically it is correct as this B-17 is being built post-war. I spent a couple of weeks looking at what interior greens were available and decided to just bite the bullet and dive right in with the colors I had on hand. If I spent so much time worrying about getting it 100% perfect it would never get finished.
Basic instructions (21 pages, 75 steps), could use a few more close up's of some of the more complicated subassemblies. I'll grab a picture or two as I update. Despite it's size the kit is pretty simple. It reminds me of a larger Monogram 1/48 B-17G. Out of the box it will make a nice model, but it lends itself very well to super detailing.
Here is another update. I'm still working on the interior. The bomb bay is ready for assembly and I've moved into the radio room. Got the fuselage out to do some test fitting and everything is lining up so far.
This is the radio room rear bulkhead, it looks like HK has molded the ball turret ammo boxes here, rather than having them go above the turret. I'll be removing the ammo boxes and patching the bulkhead. If they come off cleanly I'll try and include them with the ball turret mount. This same surgery is shown here, towards the bottom of the page.
Alex Reynoso: I am looking for a Naval Museum that might display some of my father's WWII Navy items. I have a scaled model of a PBM-3 that he was a crew member of I believe crew #3. Thanks. email@example.com
Aug 23, 2017 16:50:27 GMT -5
Jim Broshot: Since nobody has responded in the last month and a half. The only Naval Museums I have ever been to are in Oregon: Tillamook Air Museum (housed in an old blimp hanger, used to be a Naval Air Museum but seems to have gotten away from that specialty. http:/
Oct 7, 2017 22:38:53 GMT -5
Jim Broshot: And its not a Naval Museum but an Aviation Museum and I have seen models displayed in its exhibits, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Mcminnville www.evergreenmuseum.org/
Oct 7, 2017 22:42:22 GMT -5
dcamp: Probably a dumb answer, but Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL?
Jan 9, 2018 12:24:30 GMT -5
michael16: Looking to contact Tom Farrell, son of WWII B-26 pilot of "Flak Bait" Lt. Jim "Boss" Farrell. I have an interesting story to share about my flight on GE corporate jet with then Capt. Jim Farrell. Please help me make contact with Tom Farrell
Sept 20, 2018 12:57:56 GMT -5
Kersh: Tillman's book "The Forgotten Fifteenth" has an account of this attack that may be of interest.
Apr 8, 2020 11:59:04 GMT -5
rupertpika151: My great uncle was on the Little Jo T-square 4 tail code #42-24611, engine 3 caught fire. The crew ditched the plane. 6 were recovered, 4 went MIA (including my great uncle), and one was captured and executed. I have the crew report.
May 11, 2020 12:42:24 GMT -5
rupertpika151: If anyone has any information or update links that would be greatly appreciated. We are hoping to have him, Joseph A. Esola recognized at Arlington in the summer/fall. Also the links on the original thread were not working, if anyone has current links?
May 11, 2020 12:43:59 GMT -5
rupertpika151: If anyone would like a copy of the report let me know. 28 pages.
May 11, 2020 12:44:41 GMT -5