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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Wed Mar 15 2017, 20:30

Yes, the cowls are a bit gaudy. Some sort of recognition system I suppose. Hopefully, once the decals are applied and the panel lines are filled, they will not stand out so much!

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Thu Mar 16 2017, 01:01

That is looking soooo nice Tom. A real beauty. And, like Mike, I really like the cowlings.
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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sat Mar 18 2017, 11:42

Thanks, PW. The colors are definitely a prewar thing!

So I have advanced into painting and fitting the glass. I ended up lining most of the canopies and blisters out by hand. I attempted to mask the various parts but the lines were so weak, I couldn't get a good line on them.

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sat Mar 18 2017, 12:09

Looking really nice Tom.

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sun Mar 19 2017, 09:49

All the glass is fitted and de-icing boots painted. Many little touch ups here and there. Last details added.



I did a test of the decal sheet. I cut out the "Academy" printing and placed it in water. It totally disintegrated in a couple minutes.




I didn't have the problem with the instrument panel decal in the cockpit, but I am not taking any chances. So down in the garage we go to give the sheet a couple coats of Krylon clear spray...



I will let it dry for a few hours and give it another test. More to come....

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sun Mar 19 2017, 09:53

Ouch

Hope the Krylon trick works. If not, you're welcome to the sheet in my kit since I won't be using it, though there's no guarantee it'll be any better...

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sun Mar 19 2017, 14:10

Thanks, Migrant. I just finished decaling the underside of the wings and I only encountered slight curling. I applied setting solution and am letting it sit for a while. The decals held together with the Krylon treatment...so far! I may be in touch about those decals yet!

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sun Mar 19 2017, 18:13

All decals are on now. Working with various solvents to get them to settle down. I am going to let it dry for a few days before clear coating.




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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sun Mar 19 2017, 23:08

That is just so cool! Love the scheme and the work you have done on it Tom. I want a die cast version of this in 1/72 please. Hello, Corgi?
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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Mon Mar 20 2017, 00:15

Looks superb Tom.

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Thu Mar 23 2017, 15:24

Thanks, Migrant. I am generally satisfied with it!

Finally finished. The wash system worked okay but I want to get better with it. A decent model that builds well. I may do another in OD as the alternate parts are supplied to build the Pearl Harbor version...except the decals...

This version had no armaments on board...except for the bombs.











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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Fri Mar 24 2017, 11:04

Wow, that looks spectacular Tom. It really does look like metal.

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Fri Mar 24 2017, 13:26

Thanks Mike. I think the wash wasn't thin enough when I did the top side. I thinned it more and did the underside and it worked better. There are a few blotchy spots, but it was a satisfactory result for my first time using the technique...

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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sat Mar 25 2017, 02:03

That's one awesome build you have now Tom. Just beautiful. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Academy 1/72 B-17B   Sat Mar 25 2017, 06:51

WOW! What a beautiful model! I love the B-17 and this is one version I've always wanted, but never got. Now I can see how lovely a model it can be if done by a talented builder.

I love the coloration done to the cowlings. The over wash didn't turn at all badly and give you that "used" look.

Overall Tom, this is another excellent build of a large bomber to add to your already impressive collection.

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