B-17 Underbelly Color.

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    Hello there folks. I'm building a 1/9th scale B-17 and have stumbled into a problem concerning the color of the lower half of the FS 34086 Dark Olive Drab variant schemes. As I've gotten a few of the glass engine cowls filled and primed I would like to go ahead and shoot the cowls at this point. I would very much appreciate your help on this so much. Thank you for your time. Best regards.
     
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    1/9th.. DAMN, how about some pics of that!
     
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    That is fricken huge! I am thinking some reason that it was all olive drab.

    Welcome aboard btw!
     
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    [​IMG]. Right! Now that's better. I've gotten a bit rusty posting pics but I may be getting the hang of it. Here is the left side of the fuse which when finished will be around 98" inches long.
     
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    [​IMG]. And here is the wing saddle area. The lower fuse bulkheads will be removed from this area and parts will be saved to rebuild the lower belly under the wing. 1/8"th plywood is used for the wing saddle while all bulkheads are laminated from three sheets of 3/32"inch balsa running cross grain to each other.
     
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    [​IMG]. The fin area installed as a one piece unit with the fuse. Notice the planking method. There are gaps in the planking which will be filled in with special strips of balsa planking. The sheeting on the fin runs at a 90 degree angle to the ribs.They've changed direction twice. This is to ensure structural integrity when sanding so you don't get the 'starved horse' look when the sheeting begins to sag between the ribs from the pressure.
     
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    Fine piece of craftsmanship mate!
     
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    That looks a bit of alright!:D
     
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    Cool, do we get a ride?

    DBII
     
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    Very impressive work you are doing there. If you mean the lower surface colour it would be Neutral Grey (ANA 43). I believe this equates to FS 36270.
    Good luck with your project
    Steve
     
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    Stona beat me to it with the colour, but excellent work so far. Looking forward to some updates.
     
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    You guys are all right in my book!! And I can't stop marveling at the intricate work you folks do on these magnificent pieces of art! When I was a yungin' I couldn't get enough plastic models to work on. Mostly aircraft with an occasional trip down the funny car/fueler lane. You know, I still have a 1/96th scale Revell/Monogram Saturn V I need to honk on. Seen some pretty add ons that are available now for this on eBay which REALLY dress up and change this block one ship into a block II model. I want to thank you again for your help on this urgent matter. I believe I will stick around and enjoy, you have indeed been both courteous and inspirational as well. Best regards.
     
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    [​IMG]. This is a closeup of one of the bulkheads I laminated. This is no kit. I'm cutting out all the parts myself.
     
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    [​IMG]. This particular bulkhead happens to be one that the stab passes through. The blacked out area will be cut out after installation.
     
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    [​IMG]. It all started from here.
     
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    [​IMG]. From all of these.
     
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    Marvellous work! This is going to be one h*ll of a replica when it's finished!
    Please stick around and keep us all updated with progress. Have you any plans for which Bomb Group colours it's going to be finished in?
    Terry.
     
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