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HK Models 1/32 B-17F 'Memphis Belle'
Topic Started: May 13 2018, 07:03 PM (115 Views)
jacksdad64
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Here is a project I have wanted to do ever since I heard that HK were releasing the B-17E/F after their initial G release.
There were a few improvements made on the E/F kit after modellers comments of the G. A nice sign of a kit manufacturer listening to the buying public. My plan is to display the kit on a base along with her crew and mascot dog 'Stuka'.

So here is the box top shot.

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To add to the kit I got the Eduard Big-Ed set part II which covers the fuselage interior, HGW wood decals for the interior floors, doors and other parts, HGW seat belts which include resin cockpit seat pads and the Master turned barrels.

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For the (large!) base I got an A1 piece of foam board, some concrete looking wallpaper, an 8th Air Force sticker and an A4 sheet with decals of the 'girls' either side of the nose.

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And so the base was done today. Although I still need to weather the concrete.

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Steve

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Jamesv9820
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Look forward to this mate. Itís a lovely kit. Still have mine boxed up!
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Jamesv9820
May 13 2018, 07:16 PM
Itís a lovely kit.
:woo: thats a bit of an understatement.
I can't remember the last time I was this excited/nervous about building a kit. I only hope I can get close to some of the wonderful builds I've seen of this.

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CPNGROATS
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Steve: Great start.. :thumb: I'm looking forward to seeing your build..

Cheers,

ggc
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DH764
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Grabbing a comfy seat and popcorn at the ready :pop: :pop:
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peebeep
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:wow: A lot of investment there!

I have some of the HGW stuff, it's very good.

I don't know what you have in mind, but I'd recommend some sort of frame for the foam board. If it's attached securely it should reduce any tendency of the board warping.
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peebeep
May 14 2018, 03:30 PM
I don't know what you have in mind, but I'd recommend some sort of frame for the foam board. If it's attached securely it should reduce any tendency of the board warping.
It will eventually be attached to a slightly larger piece of wood to add rigidity as well as a border.

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And so the Belle build begins.
The fuselage has the nose and tail gunner parts seperate to allow for different versions. The instructions would have you build the fuselage up as well as the nose and tail gunner housing before joining them together. I have decided to attach these pieces first to give me a chance to have a bigger canvas to work on as well as being able to have better join seams.

And although not mentioned in the instructions I am undecided whether or not to open up the tail gunner entry hatch.

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Jamesv9820
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Looks good Steve. I presume that the plastic is typical HK models and really tough?

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Jamesv9820
May 21 2018, 07:51 PM
I presume that the plastic is typical HK models and really tough?

I haven't done much cutting yet but I'll let you know when I do.


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DH764
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Big and beautiful :thumb:

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jacksdad64
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Today I started on the soundproof padding in the nose section. For this I am using the very soft cloths used for cleaning glasses that I got from an optitian.
Hopefully it will look ok under a coat of paint.

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CPNGROATS
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Sound Proofing looks great in this scale... :thumb:

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ggc
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jacksdad64
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Looks ok with a coat of paint, although there are still a lot of details to be added yet.


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