Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

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Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by ME453 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:27 pm

I've wanted to model a Fortress III (derived from the B17G) which 214 squadron flew supporting many Bomber Command operations. Their function was to blind the German radars and radar-controlled AA guns through the use of "black boxes" such as Mandrel and Jostle IV, as well as windowing.

So I've made a start using the "ancient" Revell/Monogram 1/48th B17G, the moulds were made in 1975 so it's been around a long time, and it shows in many ways when compared with modern kits. Having said that, it's pretty much flash-free and from dry-fitting seems to go together well. I like the key-locking technique for fitting the wings accurately to the fuselage but the perspex items aren't good - the plastic is thick and many items have nasty little locating tabs which would be clearly visible when fitted. Consequently I've bought the Squadron vac-formed items which will terrify me when I come to use them because they're expensive (for my pocket anyway!) and easily cocked-up.

Here are some initial shots as starters:

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I like the detail moulded inside the fuselage, I won't be adding anything further to the inside apart from the immediate nose area - some curtains!!

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The upper and lower wing halves fiited together very well. It was only after I'd done this that I realised I could have fitted some fine mesh behind the air intakes on the wings' leading edges. Doh!!

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I can't resist cutting out elevators and rudders on my models to try to give a little more "character" when finished. Makes for more work though.

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Ah, a lovely simple undercarriage, just 2 bits. I may get the Eduard Brassen wheels, I'll see how these look first.

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The clear bits....see above.

Most, if not all, of the Fortress IIIs were second-hand from the USAAF and look rather worn out, so that's the finish I'll be trying to achieve. Note the chin H2S dome, I'm adapting, slightly I hope, one from the Tamiya Lancaster to fit the Fortress.

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More soon I hope,
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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by PAFG » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:47 pm

Looking forward to following this one, Max. A fascinating subject!

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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by smudgersmith218 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:25 pm

Hi Max,

What ever happened to that 218 Wimpy !!!! :lol:

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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by ME453 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:47 pm

Work in progress Steve......had a long break from modelling but back in harness now! Watch the thread my friend. ;)
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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by smudgersmith218 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:54 pm

Max,

Only pulling ya Cornish leg, as and when mate ;)

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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by ME453 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:09 am

smudgersmith218 wrote:Max,

Only pulling ya Cornish leg, as and when mate ;)

Steve
Yeah, Cornwall's roughly down our way - west of London anyway, but I actually live in Dorset (though so close to the Wiltshire border that I could have one Dorset and one Wiltshire leg!). :D
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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by PAFG » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:23 am

A bit less time county hopping and more time building, please ... I'm running out of popcorn ;)

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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by smudgersmith218 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:26 pm

ME453 wrote:
smudgersmith218 wrote:Max,

Only pulling ya Cornish leg, as and when mate ;)

Steve
Yeah, Cornwall's roughly down our way - west of London anyway, but I actually live in Dorset (though so close to the Wiltshire border that I could have one Dorset and one Wiltshire leg!). :D

To a city boy, it all carrot country !!!.

One does cream, the other cider, just love geography ;)
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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by ME453 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:30 pm

PAFG wrote:A bit less time county hopping and more time building, please ... I'm running out of popcorn ;)
Sorry Sir. I've made some progress, sprayed the inside of the fuselage Zinc Chrome Green (yuk, what a colour!) and started making the flame dampers. These are some interesting items about which precious little seems to be known. When the Forts were delivered by the Yanks they were immediately sent to Scottish Aviation at Prestwick. Amongst other modifications done in great secrecy, flame dampers were manufactured and fitted since the planes would be flying at night. I have several pictures of Fortresses with tantalizing glimpses of these things but no clear shots. The Paragon conversion set, now no longer available, had some included so I'm basing my scratch-built ones on those:
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Re: Fortress III of 214 sqdn, 100 Group

Post by highnoon1966 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:32 am

All the pictures have disappeared, something to do with the Photobucket site update maybe.

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