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B-17s of the 303 BG, my 1/72 builds
JClapp
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 02:14 AM GMT+7
Hello Abram, glad to see you are still working on this grand project!
Ronin107
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Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 03:22 AM GMT+7
Hi Abram,
Thank you for your consideration to my request regarding the "Male Call" decals! I noticed your latest project nearing completion is "Wulfe Hound", and I wanted to ask in your opinion which decal set is most accurate to depict the "Hound" as the captured DL+XC? I've collected several sheets from makers like Hasegawa, Carpena and a few others, but which set do you think is most accurate?
Your B-17 collection is magnificent and I'll continue to enjoy seeing them as they're posted.

All the Best
Ken
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 07:58 AM GMT+7
Ken, thanks for the kind words. I'll need to dig through all of my decals and see if I can find them. I'll let you know.
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 05:59 AM GMT+7
Hi Abram,
I was reading your post because I truly love reading anything about B-17s! I was curious about the decals you'd used for the 303rd "Eight Ball" from the Iliad decals sheet "Stars in the Sky." I'm currently working on Jimmy Stewarts' "Male Call" made from an older Airfix B-24J. In short, would you have the "Male Call" decals left over and would you be willing to sell or trade for them? The Iliad sheet id very difficult to find, so I thought I'd ask and see if this was workable with you!

Thank you for your time with my request - and kudos on your 303rd project. They're beautiful Forts.

All the best and I'll be anxious to hear from you soon.

Ken

AbramJ
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Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 05:05 PM GMT+7
The newest addition to the group.



Just applied the decals tonight. I still need to weather it and apply the flat coat.
AbramJ
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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM GMT+7
I do indeed love the B-17. The fascination started when I was very young (7 years old I think).

I've got one almost done, just needs the propellors. First Olive drab -G.







Except for the small X on the tail the decals were all home made. I made some mistakes, the Stars and bars on the fuselage are too big, and I should have positioned the triangle C on the tail higher up on the tail. Other than that I'm happy with how it turned out.
drabslab
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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 06:52 AM GMT+7
For some strange reason, I have the idea that you love the B-17

That is a fantastic collection you have there
AbramJ
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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 05:22 AM GMT+7


Got a second B-17 shelf up today. I've got twelve B-17s complete or almost complete. I've got one on the bench waiting for masks and paint. Then there's another I'd started to build so as to hang it on my kids room portraying a 91st BG aircraft.(modeled it with the wheels up) It has no paint and I can't find the rest of the pieces so I'm not sure what I'll do with it right now.
AbramJ
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 08:36 AM GMT+7
Here's some pictures of the three of the bench.





AbramJ
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 04:52 AM GMT+7
Thanks! I've got three B-17s on the bench right now, two -Fs and a -G. One -F is Luscious Lady, and the other I'm rebuilding Hell's Angels using the Revell kit. I'm not sure which aircraft I'm going to make the -G. I started building it to add an olive drab -G to the fleet.

I ordered the Airfix B-17G kit and after I do a comparison of it with the Revell and Academy kits I'll pick one to build B-17G Thunderbird.
GidGar
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 03:22 PM GMT+7
Nice collection Abram, thanks for sharing. The B-17 is an engaging subject, keep 'em coming, as time allows. Congrats on the third kiddo, the BA, and almost getting your modeling room back.

Looking forward to seeing what you can do with the Airfix B-17. I picked one up earlier this year, but not ready to start building. Have visions of trying to replicate "5 Grand" with all the Boeing employee signatures on it, but imagine that would be hard to see in 1/72. Maybe time to crack open the Monongram 1/48 kit from bygone days......

Thanks again for sharing your work!
AbramJ
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 05:57 AM GMT+7
Thanks for verifying Karl. I'm trying 'image shack' right now. I didn't see any stipulations on band width or third party links so I'll keep using them.
KPHB17FE
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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 10:25 PM GMT+7
Yes, they can be seen and a lovely sight they are! What photo hosting site did you use?
AbramJ
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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 01:41 PM GMT+7
Another test, can you guys see these?

AbramJ
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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 09:00 AM GMT+7
Test, my most recent build nearing completion

AbramJ
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 07:15 AM GMT+7
I can't believe it's been two years since I've posted here. Sadly my last post is really the last work I have gotten done in those years.

"The Duchess" and "Vicious Virgin" remain in their last posted state. I graduated college with my bachelor's, started a new job, and had we had our third child all in the past two years. With the new baby I lost my dedicated modeling space and I wasn't able to build much of anything. Now that she's almost 18 months old we're starting to move her in with her sister so hopefully I'll get my room back soon.

This past week I started building two more B-17Fs, one Hasegawa kit and the other a Revell. I'm not exactly sure which ones they'll be once finished, but I think one will end up being "Luscious Lady"

I've also been so out of modeling that I didn't even know Airfix came out with a brand new B-17G last year. I'll need to buy one and compare it to Revell's offering.

Now I need to find a new image hosting site and I'll try to update the thread with new pictures.
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2015 - 09:11 AM GMT+7
Abram,
I've been modeling seriously on and off since the 70's, and I've never seen a collection of B-17s like yours. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Joel
AbramJ
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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2015 - 07:00 AM GMT+7
Thanks Brian.

A quick update on "Vicious Virgin"









Redhand
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 09:30 PM GMT+7
That is a remarkable collection!
AbramJ
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 03:22 PM GMT+7
Thanks Jonathan!

A little update, "The Duchess" is done except for her nose cone, it is still in the mail. I should learn how to do some vacu-forming...

And a new B-17 is joining the group. B-17F "Vicious Virgin" This is a somewhat heavily modified Academy kit. The interior is complete using the CMK kit or some scratchbuilt parts. Unfortunately silly me forgot to take pictures of the interior before I closed it up Since no decals for this particular ship exist I made my own.







And the rest of the group (minus the three I have in the display cabinet) awaiting their new sister.

(Without flash)


(With flash)
JClapp
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 02:43 PM GMT+7
wonderful show!

AbramJ
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:57 AM GMT+7
Magnus, I hope these won't disappoint you then!

As promised here are some new pictures. I now have built a B-17 using the Hasegawa, Academy, and Revell kits.

These first two are of all of them so far:





B-17F "Hell's Angels"





B-17F "The '8' Ball Mk II"





B-17F "Iza Vailable"





B-17G "Iza Vailable Too"





B-17F "The Duchess" I'm almost done with this one, just need to add the Top and Ball turrets and order a squadron replacement nose cone and she'll be done.





B-17G "Duchess' Daughter"





YB-40 "Tampa Tornado"



B-17G GN-U (this one has no name) just need to finish decaling her and she'll be done. I did this one because I liked how the tail triangle was painted over the old triangle. (see pictures of the actual aircraft here: http://www.303rdbg.com/pp-4338197-crash.html)



And lastly B-17E "Phyllis" aka "Tugboat Annie" used as the 303rd's Assembly Ship.


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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 07:03 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Slowly, but surely I'm still building B-17s. I'll have some new pictures tomorrow.



I'm looking forward to that !



Magnus
AbramJ
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Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 - 04:34 PM GMT+7
Slowly, but surely I'm still building B-17s. I'll have some new pictures tomorrow.
AbramJ
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Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2015 - 04:10 PM GMT+7
Got the new Revell B-17G practically finished tonight, all it needs now are the propellers. I decided to name this one "Duchess' Daughter" decals are a combo of "Kits World" (Nose art and yellow T on tail), "Techmod" (National Insignias), Hasegawa kit decals (tail registry and bomb tally), and home made (radio call numbers on fuselage and triangle 'C').







And here's two shots of my most current completed builds.