Monogram B-17 Flying Fortress, "The Swoose -1944 Model" 1/48th
Well my first completion of the new year, and one that I have been working on for a longer period of time than I would like to admit. I did a build blog in the Aircraft work in progress https://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-aircraft/forum/topic/b-17-the-swoose-1944-model-monogram-1-48-b-17g-build-1/ . I could have just as easily done it in the SOD build group.
This was originally the visible B-17 version of the kit, and the molds were beginning to show their age with many details getting soft. Still is was very typical Monogram, and the fit was good if you took your time and test fitted before gluing.
I started with the long and tedious task of scribing all the raised panel lines, not perfect but ok. I did some scratch building for the interior and used some photoetch but since you can't see 90% of what you do I didn't go crazy.
The build it self was challenging. The cowl flap, a photoetch addition fought me to the point that at this point I think I will limit my photoetch to seat belts. I had many issues with paint, (I HATE silver), then the decals, between breaking into double digit numbers of pieces and wrinkling and then peeling off and then of course I broke the little vertical antenna off a half dozen times.
Still while no show winner, I am generally happy with the results and think it makes for a pretty nice presentation.
The bird it self served in Italy and from pictures I saw could actually be much dirtier than I made it. At one point the port horizontal stabilizer was damaged to the point that it was replaced with a silver one. I chose to model mine prior to that, or better said I was forced to model it prior to being replaced (I HATE silver).
I hope you enjoy the build, and you can see more over in the build blog.
20 additional images. Click to enlarge.