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1:9 Scale B-17G - 'Sweet Pea'

wilmracer

I build things that fly (sometimes)
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Just pokin fun at ya mate been gone a while and seeing the progress made on a screen I can actually SEE makes it that much more impressive.

6 inch cell phone screen is Ohh thats cool... 47 inch tv the wow factor rises exponentially.

Lol... no worries.

I did just get an email from the Wingspan Models folks that the detail kit is ready to ship. I'm excited to see how they look! They're sending me:

  • Dummy Radials (Set of 4) - Likely won't be used as I am about 50% done with design of printable engines, but we'll see...
  • Superchargers (Set of 4)
  • Cheek Blisters (Left and Right)
  • Top Turret Frame w/ Glass - (expect to use my own guns and details. Need to automate as well :)
  • Ball Turret armor w/ glass - (again use my own guns and details. Probably look to automate too)
  • Nose Cone - (this will save SO much time)
  • Windows sheet
  • Cast Football antenna

Add to that the fact that I have their full fiberglass parts kit and I can honestly say I'm leaning VERY heavily on the Wingspan models kit even though I didn't build with their plans/kit and didn't buy their landing gear. They have been very cool about it, and even said another customer mentioned my cockpit CAD files. I'll be excited to get this fuse to the point I can start laying out and installing the cockpit. That is going to be a lot of fun :)
 

wilmracer

I build things that fly (sometimes)
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Parts came in from Wingspan Models. I want to tip my hat to Michael and whoever else is on his team there. DAYUM these are nice. I mean, REALLY nice. The big bling items are the ball turret and turbo/exhaust pieces, but everything look awesome. Every part has pre-formed plastic glass/windows that will save me SO many headaches. I'm not going to pull the protective plastic off of any of the glass yet, but the nose cone looks to be a perfect fit (once the fuse is sheeted).

When folks ask about the model I'll still call it a scratch build, but I will definitely mention wingspan models every time someone asks about her. Their parts are top-notch quality and worth the $$$. I'll be honest, to personally fabricate all of these parts would have added probably a solid 100-150 hours of work, and they may not have been as good in the end. Worth it.

The dummy radials look really nice too, but I'll still be using the ones I've been working on.

Might get to do some actual flying this weekend. Fingers crossed!
 

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PoorManRC

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So awesome!! Still can't get over the mix of Foam and Balsa. This thing will be a work of Flying Art!! 👍👍😉
👋👋👋👋👋👋👋👋👋
 

wilmracer

I build things that fly (sometimes)
Mentor
Bit more work done on the tail sections. This weekend I'll be starting the finer shaping and sheeting on the fuse around the tail section and I wanted to get the Cheyenne tail gun fiberglass part test fit to make sure everything lines up just right. Had to make a few tweaks but everything is working smooth now. I'll be working out a method for attachment that allows for removal for detailing, repair, and maintenance of the ruder linkage.

With the horizontal stabs and elevators attached she is really starting to look the part, at least from the backside ;-)
 

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