1/48 PB-1W Conversion
November 11, 2012 in Aviation
This conversion languished for a very long time- about 4 years.
I got the Paragon PB-1W Conversion, and a Monogram 1/48 B-17G, then the kit and conversion sat, and sat.
I got hold of a great reference book- “B-17 In Blue: The Flying Fortress in U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Service” by Scott A. Thompson, and then things started to move. I wasn’t happy with the shape of the resin radome, so using all the photos I could find of various angles, I reshaped with milliput.
I added the cheyenne turret and staggered the waist windows, using some very clear packaging plastic in order to replicate the later production large single pane observation windows. I added some black boxes in the nose As the equipment seemed to change in this area over the life span of the aircraft in service, I went with a composite of what i had seen in references, as I could not tie down one configuration for the aircarft I was modelling.
I am still not sure of the size of the national insignia for the aircraft and time period I chose- even with photos from the book and the internet!
I am most pleased with the antennae on the nose, and the repurposed propeller warning decals from the Monogram 1/72 Albatross kit! All lettering came from the 1/48 and 1/72 Aeromaster sheets of white lettering/numbers.
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