B-17F Miami Clipper
This B-17 completed 28 missions with no crew members killed, only two were wounded. The Miami Clipper completed its last mission in March of 1944 and then was returned to the USA. It was scrapped in January 1946.
It was assigned to the 91st bomb group at Bassingbourn,England
This model was a new tool release by Hasegawa in 1976. In 1977 Minicraft released it and was made in the USA, just like the real B-17s were. My kit is a Minicraft kit that had an orange & white tube of Testor's glue in the box when I got it.
Rather then using such a valuable artifact , I opted to use a more modern adhesive , Tamiya extra thin liquid cement.
The yellow leading edges have always appealed to be, so I found some decals for the Miami Clipper. I used Tamiya XF-4 yellow-green over a coat of XF-2 white. My theory on the yellow leading edges is that the airplane was primed with the yellow primer, then had the de-icing boots installed over the yellow primed skin. Later when the boots were removed it exposed the yellow primer. I used rattle cans and lots of tape and liquid mask to paint this . I also used color pencils. The decals were Kits - world decals. I had some red outlined star& bar decals the proper size so I used those… I'd always liked them. I'm sure the Miami Clipper wore them early in its life.
The ball turret, top turret, as well as the tail gunners glass hasn't had the framing painted. The lines are so faint on those clear parts that it's difficult to see. My vision is not what it once was. I think it looks better not painted rather then poorly painted. Maybe one day I'll go back and try to paint them, but probably not. This is one reason for my renewed interest in 1/32 fighters , so much easier to see things like the framing on the glass.
This B-17 was the last 1/72 kit I had , and I think it'll be the last of that scale for me.