PAN'S LABYRINTH (RETURN TO THE NOSE)
Well, I am exaggerating a bit. Anyway, we now come to the part of HG's return my prior work on the nose to create something closer to this image below.
It's pretty clear that Luscious Lady
had this kind of nose configuration.
Before I get into a discussion about the Plexiglas nose, however, let me open up a "big reveal." If you look at the side windows of Miss Quachita
you will note how flush they are with the outer skin of the fuselage. That's not the way they are in the model.
Also, no amount of polishing could get them back to the original clear finish that we both wanted.
HG and I talked about this and discussed various solutions and I have left it up to him to figure out how to install new flush windows in the nose.
How exactly he's going to do that I can't say. However, I decided to take a we will finish the job
approach to this. So, when the tools come in we shall see.
In the meantime, let's return back to the nose cone. To get this right, I also gave HG permission to go into the nose.
to get it ready for the tricky job of (1) literally straightening it up and (2) marrying the vacuform nosecone nose opening. Since this will involve also removing the cheek guns, because the windows are being replaced, he will be dealing with that as well.
These are "Master" brass gun barrels married to the outstanding stocks that were part of "True Details'" otherwise problematic resin sets for the B-17G nose and waste positions. I agree with HG that these are the single best one-piece depictions of those gun parts out there. It is a shame that they are apparently out of production now, but we have enough to do all the handheld guns in this build.
So, HG is starting where I left off with this:
And here you can see some of his preliminary work on this critical subassembly of the entire model. (I mean, it's one of the first things that anyone looking at the build is going to focus on.)
I should mention upfront that the vacuform nose you see here isn't the one for the final kit. It's what I was working on but we are going to use an extra I sent him for a cleaner presentation.
If you look back at the previous picture of what I sent, the one thing that he will retain is the metal nose gun bracket that reaches back to the sides of the nose opening. The resin ring to which the bracket ends fit is being discarded as unnecessary because he will be replicating it on the nose itself.
How you may ask?
Well, here is a start.
And yes, it looks pretty rough. But, note the transformation.
Stay tuned. I think things will get very interesting in the next few posts.