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Discuss WWII and the era directly before and after the war from 1935-1949.
1/48 B-17F Build - 303rd BGs Luscious Lady
Redhand
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 09:44 AM GMT+7

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My North Carolina friend is taking another "cut" at cutting out the pilot and copilot's windows so that we can position them open, and that has also held things up.



"Held up" did I say? Not anymore. Check out the spectacular work cutting out the pilot and copilot's forward windows so that they can be positioned opened!





I took a try at this myself with another part and it was, like, a total failure. My friend says he got this done in about 10 minutes. Talk about a skill set!

This certainly boosts my enthusiasm for getting this tedious fuselage work done so that I can start on other things like the ball turret and nose glass, which are no less tedious. But I've chosen my poison! This is progress.

Indeed, I think this cockpit glass is going to look great when we do the finishing work and position the open windows inside. To my knowledge no one has yet built a B-17 in 1/48 scale with the cockpit windows open.
rdt1953
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:24 AM GMT+7
Brian -

Nice work ! How did he do it - drill corners and saw out with jewelers saw ?

Inquiring minds want to know - Richard
Redhand
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:41 AM GMT+7

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Brian -

Nice work ! How did he do it - drill corners and saw out with jewelers saw ?

Inquiring minds want to know - Richard



I'll ask. There is some filing still needed but this is #1 for a first cut. I do think it's a first with this kit, at least as published on the intertoobz.
GazzaS
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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 11:02 AM GMT+7
Wow, Brian! Those cutouts are spectacular. Kudos to your friend.

Gaz
KelticKnot
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 02:29 AM GMT+7
Nice going ! A subtle detail that will add to the overall look.
Redhand
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Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 03:09 AM GMT+7

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Nice going ! A subtle detail that will add to the overall look.



I think so too Paul, plus it will give a clear look inside the cockpit at the instrument panel etc. So I'm very pleased with it.
Dragon164
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 08:12 AM GMT+7
Brian,
Great job!
That gives me an idea! I have some crystal clear resin that has a short life span once open I have been lining things up to cast before I start the B-17 windscreen has just been added to the list.

Cheers Rob.
pnance26
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:01 AM GMT+7
Anything new since April, Brian? I mean 46 pages of posts later and you left me hanging... LOL!

Kind of like watching The Maltese Falcon and having the cable go out in the last 5 minutes!
Redhand
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 08:14 AM GMT+7
Believe me I'm as interested in the movie getting finished as you are. I should have a new post up very soon.