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Old 06-12-2017, 12:33 PM
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Those engines and wheels look really good.

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Old 06-28-2017, 01:12 PM
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The engine detail sheet and enhanced wheels are now available at Ecardmodels as a free download. I sent in the files for the B-17D, hope it will be available soon.
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Old 06-28-2017, 04:40 PM
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:48 AM
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It has been awhile since an update. Sorry for the delay. I have been busy with several projects. One of which is learning how to use Blender 3D software.

I have finished the kit of B-17F, 41-2454 “Tuffy” (first photo) that I was doing as a fund raiser. The money from this kit was originally to help pay for a kitten named Baby Goldenberg to get surgery to have his damaged eyes removed. Baby Goldenberg did have his surgery and is doing very well as you can see in the photo below.

Since then another cat has been rescued that also needs eye surgery. His name is Seymour (the black and white cat below) and he was living on the streets of Queens, NY. The person feeding Seymour outside thought he was blind because he always kept his eyes tightly closed. Once rescued, however, it was determined that Seymour could see, but was suffering from entropion, a very painful condition where the eyelids roll in and the lashes rub against the cornea. Seymour was seen by a veterinary ophthalmologist, who indicated that surgery is the only lasting treatment for this condition. Seymour is about 10 years old and also has very bad teeth, most of which will need to be extracted. He will need 2 procedures -- the entropion surgery will be done first, then his dental work. The total estimate for these procedures is $1800-$2000.

As a result, the money I can raise from the sale of this B-17 kit will go to help both cats. If you are interested in purchasing this kit, send me a private message and I’ll give you the details. As a bonus you will also receive a second kit of a B-17G. Both B-17F and B-17G kits will only be available as part of this fund raiser. I am asking $10.00 for these kits. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

In other news, I am finally getting ready to finish B-17E 41-2666, Lucy/Old 666. This should make Don happy. Since this was a photo recon B-17 I’ve decided to add some Fairchild K-17 aerial cameras. The photo below shows some test builds. This B-17 also didn’t carry any bombs so I’m re-working the bomb bay fuel tanks I did for the B-24. I also have to draw the crew figures.

I am also considering doing a kit of, what is arguably, the most famous B-17 of all from one of the most iconic photos of World War II.
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:51 PM
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On the way! Good wishes to Baby Goldenberg and Seymour.

Looking forward to 41-2666.

Incidentally, in 1963 I used to wield a very similar camera from the back seat of an L-19 on the weekly PAT (position-altitude-time) flights along the south tape of the Demilitarized Zone as an aerial observer in the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea.

That last image is terrifying.

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Old 08-29-2017, 09:21 AM
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Yes indeed, a terrifying picture. B-17G Wee Willie was shot down over Stendal in Germany on April 8th, 1945, due to a direct FLAK hit at the port wing root. Out of a crew of nine, only the pilot survived. The aircraft was one of the last bombers to be shot down. Sad story.

Just after this picture was taken the aircraft exploded before hitting the ground. The picture is part of a sequence.

To consider Wee Willie as model option would be a great tribute.

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Old 08-29-2017, 09:58 AM
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Wee Willie was lost on her 128th mission and was the oldest B-17G in the 91st BG. There are three photos in the sequence. I’ve read conflicting accounts as to the intervals between them. One says 2 seconds another says 6. Here they are in order as well as a photo of Wee Willie in happier days.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:25 PM
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I can't recall if this bird has been mentioned before, Lacey Lady
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/ins...mer-glory.html

John, is this one that you have planned for release? or maybe if you contact the museum, they might want to sell a model kit for fund raising purposes

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Speaking of B-17s, any chance of seeing the turbo prop test bed version in the coming months?
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:55 AM
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One of these days I’ll get to it. Things have been really busy with me. Hopefully it will calm down in the next few months. Right now I have the B-17G “Wee Willie” (see below) close to completion and then I’m concentrating on the “Memphis Belle”. She is to go on display in May of this year.

There were two B-17s modified as engine test beds. The cockpits were moved back around four feet. At least four or five different engines were tested on them.
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