Revell/Monogram 1/48 B-17G
Let me prelude this by saying this is an older build– from 2005, in fact. It’s spent the last 14 years in a box under the stairs, but this weekend I dug it out and decided to shoot some new photos of it. There are plenty of things I’d do differently now, but at the time I was really pleased with how it came out.
I used quite a bit of aftermarket on the build: Eduard PE sets, True Details resin wheels, Kayera metal gun barrels and some resin engines (forgot the source). I didn’t use much aftermarket in the cockpit, just painted and added a little bit extra to the kit parts. The detail on the Revell kit was a bit soft but looked OK with careful painting.
Based on my research the forward parts of the B-17 would have been painted bronze green, not interior green as I’d originally assumed. I added some headphones and a lamp to the navigator’s desk, and some extra stuff to the Norden sight.
The model was re-scribed. Some modellers have taken exception to this, because the real B-17’s surface was constructed of overlapping panels. Which is true, but raised panel lines don’t replicate that any more accurately than a scribed one, IMO. Besides, I like the look, and it’s my model 🙂
Most of the clear parts were replaced using a Falcon vac canopy set, and some custom cut acetate parts. Various MV lenses were used to replicate the myriad of formation/navigation lights on the B-17 airframe. There were lots of other details which I’d forgotten about but noticed when I was re-shooting the pics, such as the zippers on the nose turret and the chalked numbers on one of the prop blades.
I think this might have been the first model on which I experimented with scale colour, using various mixes of Polly-Scale acrylics IIRC. The scheme I chose was ‘2nd Patches’, a war-weary bomber which flew shuttle missions from Africa to Russia, then to England before being flown back to Africa.
The weathering was based on several wartime photos of Forts, and I paid particular attention in trying to replicate the exhaust patterns over the wings, the wear and tear from mechanics and crew walking on the wings, and the patching done to the flying surfaces.
I believe there’s a new-release 1/48 B-17 imminent, which should please a lot of people. I probably won’t get one– I’d forgotten how big it was in this scale!