1/72 Academy B-17F "Memphis Belle"

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    Greetings, Gents:

    At long last, my "Belle" is completed. It was a labor of love all the way. The only real fit problems I had with the Academy kit was with the main wings-fuselage join. In retrospect, I should have shimmed it both topside and bottom in the gaps, then I would have had the correct dihedral. As it is, the dihedral is a bit pronounced. But the rest of the kit was a joy.... highly detailed and pretty accurate. I did a few inhancements: Added aluminum foil gun belts to the two nose and two waist guns; constructed a wooden floorboard out of basswood for the waist interior, along with wooden ammo boxes which can't be seen unless you shine a penlight into the waist interior. I also added pilot and co-pilot seat belts from wine bottle foil. The "Memphis Belle" patch came from the US Air Force Museum store.

    I built this kit as a present for a friend. Would I build another B-17? Absolutely, like two of them!:D Hope you enjoy the pics.

    Best regards and happy modeling,

    Pete L.
     

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    Nicely Done Pete
    She Looks great, nice kit 8)

    Mike
     
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    Nice job.
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    Good looking build. Great panel line work.8)
     
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    Thank-you, gentlemen, for the kind words.
     
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    Nicely done Pete!
     
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    A good job. :)
     
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    Cool build and the weathering looks great!
     
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    Very cool! Love the weathering!
     
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