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Old 07-11-2019, 11:25 AM
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1/200 B-17F "BIR-HAKEIM", French Air Force (S&P, PacificWind's Recolors)

I haven't made any recolor for a while so here's a surprise for you!
B-17F Flying Fortress nicknamed "BIR-HAKEIM", used in French Air Force in GLAM as a personal transport plane of Gen. Marie-Pierre Koenig.

Models is a recolored S&P design resized to 1/200.

I'll build it first and then make available in our downloads section.

First "work-in-progress" update tomorrow!
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1/200 B-17F "BIR-HAKEIM", French Air Force (S&P, PacificWind's Recolors)-bir-hakeim2.jpg   1/200 B-17F "BIR-HAKEIM", French Air Force (S&P, PacificWind's Recolors)-bir-hakeim3.jpg  
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:32 AM
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Really a very unusual B-17.
Big thanks friend for sharing
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:42 AM
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Looking forward to it Kacper.
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A fascinating subject. Nice.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:44 AM
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We will be watching Kacper.
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:28 PM
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Here's the promised WIP update.
Fuselage is done. Quite difficult in such a small scale but absolutely doable; just requires some patience.
I'm also really satisfied with that French green color in the camouflage. I could leave it in original American olive drab but I think the green of Free French Air Force, which is slightly different, looks way better on this aircraft. And what's more, it's probably even more accurate considering historical correctness.

Some of you may also wonder why this B-17 has Crosses of Lorraine. This can be especially strange if we know the fact that this plane was given to French Air Force, to Gen. Koenig in December 17th 1945, so few months after the end of WWII. But I think we can explain the presence of crosses quite easily. In this case they were a symbol of general's service in Free French Forces during the war and his achievements(especially in the Battle of Bir Hakeim where his soldiers heroically defended the fortress against Afrika Korps under Rommel's command).

Now when, I have written all those words above I see something interesting. Koenig defended the Bir Hakeim fortress and then he got a Flying Fortress.
Coincidence?

I'm not sure if it's true but I've read this plane was a gift from Ike.
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Wings are done. Engines next.
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Very interesting subject.I didn't know French had any B-17 in military service,I know they had few in civilian hands doing cargo flights Marseille-Algiers-Casablanca.
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Wings are done. Engines next.
From my own recent experience: attach the wings to the fuselage before engines to wings. Easier to make sure they'll be at the correct alignment.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:26 AM
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From my own recent experience: attach the wings to the fuselage before engines to wings. Easier to make sure they'll be at the correct alignment.

I usually take this way too but this time for a while I was thinking about the option: wings+engines to the fuselage. But in the end I've chosen the "classic option": engines to the wings+fuselage.
Sometimes it's just good to consider other possibilities.

Anyway, here's the progress on Koenig's B-17.
(white edges will be painted later)
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