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Academy 1/72 B-17F

May 31, 2013 in Aviation

A couple of years ago I’m visiting my brother and sister-in-law and noticed she had displayed a photo of her deceased father and the crew of his B-17F Double Exposure. Bernard Brailer is in the second row, fourth man going from left to right. He was already teaching gunnery to new Air Corps enlisted on December 7, 1941. He would be crossed trained as a flight engineer and was shipped off to the MTO. Started flying missions in B-24’s but ended up with Double Exposure a plane he dearly loved. The pilot picked the name as well as the pinup artwork by the artist Gil Elvgren because they flew mapping as well as bomb assessment missions. So I started this project using the Academy kit, not a bad kit but it lacks a lot of detail at the side gun positions. Got really stuck with the custom decals until recently when I found a gentleman willing to give it a go. He did an outstanding job. I also used the recommended paint scheme and kit decals only to discover he was in the MTO so they’re not correct, she didn’t care. Thought she was going cry when I gave it to her last week. She insisted I take some money for my time and trouble which of course I refused because it was an honor to build it for her. Consequently she shoved a 10 year old bottle of my brother’s bourbon on my hands. Some things you just can’t say no to.

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6 responses to Academy 1/72 B-17F

  1. Nice tale and a nice thing to do, In my opinion the Lancaster was a better aircraft but the B17 just looks gorgeous pure art deco I love ’em.

  2. Beautiful Fortress and presentation, Tom….good thing you got your “payment” AFTER the build – lol -:)

  3. Your putting me to shame. I have a photo of my Dad’s crew in a similar pose in front of a B-24 with the nose art displayed. I bullt the old Airfix kit for him & have the Hasegawa kit to do now.
    Was he in the 15th AF?
    A fitting tribute to brave men. Well done on the build. It’s surprising what actions like yours mean to people.

  4. nice job and gesture taking your brothers bourbon is priceless

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