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Old 11-04-2018, 09:34 AM
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B-17 G Flying fortress

Hello Folks.My name is Tom and I am from Canada. I started working on this B-17 G model from GPM. If anyone finished this model please share your thoughts of this model. The scale is 1:33
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:12 AM
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Hello Folks.My name is Tom and I am from Canada. I started working on this B-17 G model from GPM. If anyone finished this model please share your thoughts of this model. The scale is 1:33
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Hello Tom!

This is the same old FlyModel kit with some minor changes.

In the general shape and proportions, it is good compared to photos of B-17 fortresses.
But details are poor. There is room for improvement.

A member of our forum built it some time ago, and you can see photos here:
B-17G Flying Fortress; GPM; 1/33
Read the comments, as there are some things to consider.

The silver paper is very delicate, so it needs careful handling.

You can see another detailed thread of the FlyModel version where the modeler improved
some things here: https://www.sklejmy.com/viewtopic.php?t=1109
It is basically the same kit, but green instead of silver.

You will definitely need the English translation of the instructions found in our download section.
They really help a lot because they point what is wrong with the model and how to correct it,
and they suggest a good building order that helps to avoid a mess.
They also give a solution to the problem of fitting the wings to the fuselage,
which is a very bad point of this kit.
http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/v...&downloadid=44


Overall, it is a kit that shows its age.
It is not bad, but is far from being perfect.

You will notice the hand-drawn pattern is bad at some points, but very good at others.
The nose section in this kit is circular, while the original plane had the top of the nose a bit flattened.
The interior detail is mostly wrong and sparse, but in any case most of it won't be seen at all once everything is closed.

The cover artwork shows the fortress deploying bombs.... but the kit doesn't really have that option.

If you have some patience and like to tinker here and there you can add good details to improve it.
It is enjoyable to build. Just make sure you have enough space for it as the final kit is huge.

There aren't many 1:33 B-17 fortresses. Besides this GPM/FlyModel version,
the other option in 1:33 is the highly detailed and very accurate version by Maly Modelarz.

Here are a couple of photos of a build I did of the green FlyModel version not long ago.
As I did a rushed and careless build, I made a lot of mistakes, but the nature of the kit is quite forgiving.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:21 AM
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Thank you so much Ruben for your feedback, links and important points. I picked this old model since I am learning this amazing hobby. I won't have problem with Polish language since I do speak polish. I will consider your points and will try to make it the most from this model and skills that I have learnt so far. This is my third model so far I finished Ju-87 Stuka from GPM as well as BF-109 from Halinski. Hopefully this kit will teach me another important skills. Unfortunate in Canada this hobby is not popular and it is hard to get models.
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Old 11-04-2018, 10:27 AM
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Olo, you can order just about anything online. I prefer the download kits because you can change the scale to suit your needs/space and they are very economical. When Ecardmodels gets back up and operating you will have some many choices it will make your head spin.


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Old 11-04-2018, 10:36 AM
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Hera are some pictures of my first stage of building this plane. My goal is to make it as realistic as possible. First thing I would like to add are rivets and some more details of interior.
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This is first segment of the nose section. I change the interior color and and made imitations of rivets.
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:08 PM
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Great work on what will be a giant aircraft!!
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Old 11-04-2018, 01:56 PM
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I know Mike but when I sent request to buy a model from Halinski comapny,they wanted to charge me 3 times more only because I am from Canada :(
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Olo,


That is going to be a really large bird. You're off to a really good start. Great looking work.


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Old 11-04-2018, 04:43 PM
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Thank you Garry for your warm words. I hope I will not break my hands with this one I was told that it is really hard to match some parts in this kit ....but we will see....
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Impeccable start, this shows that denotes a lot of skill. Great start.
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