Academy B-17F "Shamrock Special"
Hey guys, here's my try at Academy Fortress. Almost OOB, with exception of QB gun barrels and scratchbuilt landing lights. Markings are from Revell, since i always wanted to do "Shamrock", with it's replacement tail, it makes otherwise dull overall Olive Drab looks interesting. I preshaded the model with Gunze Tire black, and then gradually painted OD in about a dozen thin layers. I used Gunze OD and faded OD, and repainting of markings is done with MM OD. Wash is Tamiya, weathering done with Tamiya Smoke + Tamiya D set. Sligh chipping is done using artist silver pencil. Comments are welcome, thanks for looking!
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Igor, great job on the B-17. I like that you picked one that had a real big part replaced due to battle damage. Mr. Boeing made a tough airplane, and this one went on, regardless. That was a lot more common that is realised, wings, horizontal stabs. Eventually there were unused brand new aircraft sitting around, as the urgent need had passed. And there were fewer valuable targets.
A good example of the tough times in the 8th U S Army Air Forces. Not a lot of glamour, just hard deadly work up high in subzero temperatures, while bad guys try to kill you in a number of ways.
They deserve to be remembered, I suspect that's why we do what we do.
Great looking build !
Excellent rendition of the fabled fortress, sir...one of the best I've seen.
Great work !
Igor, Very good looking B-17, great depiction of this hard working war horse !
I really like what you did here.
Thanks guys for the kind words, I've got more 1/72 heavies incoming. Matchbox Halifax is finished, I'll post pics in the next couple of days, Matchbox Privateer is ready for paint, and Matchbox B-17G is rescribed. As you can see, i have a soft spot for Matchbox kits. 🙂
Good looking model Igor, nicely done.
Fantastic work Sir ! Well done.
You achieved a very varied but subtle OD finish and the replacement tail certainly adds some extra interest.
Great work on the Fort!
Excellent finish! Nice subtle shading and weathering. Very nice!
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Very nice work on that B-17 Igor ... very nice. That different shade to the tail section due to the repairs really give it a very peculiar touch, very well done.
Excellent Fort, Igor! I love the pretty lady added to the vertical stabilizer. I've never seen one like that. I wonder why the crew only put it on the starboard side, and not the port side. Hmmm ... Well done!
I love bleached olive drab!