Monday, August 8, 2011

Here are more pictures of the construction of the cockpit floor and also a comparison shot with the kit supplied cockpit. This version is going to be a rough draft so to speak, I will use it to check my measurements and to make sure that it fits within the fuselage. Once I refine the measurements, I will build a final version.

I have also included this photo of the M1A1 Tank that I completed about 2 months ago.

B-17F Memphis Belle Project

I have begun working on scratch building the interior. I have begun by taking measurements of the kit supplied parts and then drawing out new replacement parts based on those measurements. I will then use the drawings as templates to cut out new plastic pieces. The picture below shows the floor pieces needed for the cockpit and nose section.

The following pictures show the progression of detailing one of four engines. I am adding all of the ignition wires using very fine brass wire. The last picture shows a completed engine next to one that has yet to be modified.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

B-17F Memphis Belle Project

I have finally decided to begin construction of my in-flight "Memphis Belle" model. I have spent a while trying to decide just how I wanted the airplane to look and also how much detail I wanted to put into it. Well, I have decided to go all out in detailing. In short I plan on scratch building most (95%) of the interior, including a fully detailed bomb bay, I will be posing it in-flight, wheels up, with the bomb bay doors open. The full crew will be visible at their posts. The biggest decision I had to make was weather I wanted to use the revell b-17f model, which has no detail what-so-ever, or graft on the nose of the revell model onto the Monogram b-17g model, which has much more detail, and is more conducive to an in-flight model, but would be 100 times more work. In the end I opted for the hardest path to provide more detail. So last night I began by taking apart one of my old b-17g models, striping it of paint and decals, and began grafting on the b-17f nose. I have also begun research and sketches of the bomb bay and cockpit so that I can begin building those parts. I Also plan to give it a mix of 150 lb and 250 lb bombs.

Above I have removed the nose off of the G model in preparation to receive the F model nose.Above I have started removing decals and paint.
Above is a shot just prior to removing the decals.
Above is the F model nose to be attached to the G model fuselage.
Above shows both sections of the F model nose attached to the G model Fuselage. You can also see on the paper below the model where I have begun to make some sketches of the interior bulkheads and bomb rack.