Revellogram 1/48 B-17G
This is a build for a friend whose father was initial crew on this aircraft in WW II. An old molding that I'm sure many here are familiar with, it was a decent kit considering it's age and the manufacturing limitations of the seventies. It helped that I got it for around $22 at HobbyLobby during their Christmas sale.
I used Master Model brass machine gun barrels and Quickboost engines to replace the not so good kit parts, and some DEF sagged wheels for the main gear 'cause I lost one of the kit wheels...lost it good as it still has not turned up. The engines were detailed out with .020 styrene for pushrods and .016 electrical solder for oil lines. The model was finshed in Model Masters neutural grey and Mission Models USAAF OD with a upper surface fading pattern that I did not apply enough of, perhaps next time.
In addition to the kit supplied figures I added a set of USAAF personnel from ICM that turned out to rival resin in their detail and crispness. On a whim I tossed in the Tamiya fuel truck which was flawless out of the box, something I needed after working with the 47 year old B-17 kit.
The base is a piece of 1 1/2" pink foam board insulation. I scored the joints with a pencil, painted the base color with some cheap acrylic craft paint that resembled concrete, and sprayed the joint lines with Tamiya XF-20 flat black. Once dry I slowly built up layers of Model Masters acrylic aged concrete until it resembled...well, old concrete.
Overall a fun and satistfying tho tedious at times project