Props, nose turret, and main wheels and tires are done.
The To Do list is getting smaller...
Working on the main landing gear wheel wells now.
That's a very cool completed picture of the 12 Props that you painted and put together like this - and this is one of many reasons why I have a hard time making an model airplane. This is one neat photo and thanks for sharing it.
The wings are together! Just a little bit of seam cleaning will be needed. Here are a few pics. The wings just slide into place, so I don't think I'll be gluing them. It will making moving or storage easier.
Well it seems that a seemingly minor decision I made early in the build has come back to bite me. I assembled the bomb bay and radio room prior to installing in the fuselage (the instructions advised putting them into the fuselage before gluing them together). Since then I've been dealing with a slight twist of some of the interior parts. It wasn't that big of a deal with the fuselage but now I am seeing it have a big effect with fitting the wings. Simply put the starboard wing slides on with now trouble, but the port wing is pretty darn tight. I've been doing quite a bit of sanding to get it to sit right... Back to the desk I go.
Since I am getting closer to paint I've started looking for more pictures of Milk Wagon (447th BG) and I've run in to a bit of a mystery.
The kit calls for painting the engine cowlings flat white. I've found wartime photos of the plane with cowlings in white, yellow, and natural metal. It looks like she was wearing yellow at the end of the war.
So, does anyone have any idea what the rhyme or reason was behind the cowling colors? I understand they were tied in to the squadron I.D. markings. Anyone have good wartime pictures? A good number come up in Google, but the more reference the better.
The color differences may have been maintenance related. Engines may have been replaced with a QEC that included the cowl and the cowls got passed around between aircraft. Alot of times when they determined an engine needed more more than a couple hours worth of work they would pull the whole thing and slap another one on to make sure it was going to be airworthy as quickly as possible.
First coat of paint is on the wings. The tail is painted. This kit is eating up paint fast! I'm used to a can of spray paint going a long way on a single seat 1/48 scale kit, but this big Fortress has alot of surface area to cover.
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