Academy 1/72 B-17F
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 originally was a gunnery instructor for Air Corps and I discovered he 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 a B-17 named Double Exposure, a plane he dearly loved. The pilot picked the name and used the pinup artwork by the artist Gil Elvgren. He liked the art work and name because they flew mapping as well as bomb assessment missions.
I started this project by using the Academy kit, which is not a bad kit but it lacks a lot of detail at the side gun positions. Got really stuck with the nose art decals because they don’t exist. However, I recently found a gentleman willing to attempt making a set for this ship. He really did an outstanding job in my opinion. I also used the recommended paint scheme and kit decals only to discover he was in the MTO so they’re not correct for a B-17 flying there. When I told her that she didn’t care. Thought she was going cry when I gave it to her last week. She kept repeating, “that’s my daddy’s plane.” 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. Subsequently she shoved a 10 year old bottle of my brother’s bourbon into my hands and insisted I take it. Some things you just can’t say no to. I thought my brother was now going to cry.
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