The Stug III and M1 Abrams have progressed little and won't until I get tracks for them, which may be a very long while indeed. In the meantime, Hitch Hitchcock's Jenny and the B-17 have been a little more consistent.
|For the Jenny, I made a tiny pilot figure out of milliput. note the white scarf. The brown is supposed to be leather flying clothes and the flesh colors are the face and hands.|
The B-17 meanwhile has made enormous progress and is nearly finished.
I left out some parts and made shortcuts here and there. I have adopted a pretty lax attitude with modelling, not believing in spending inordinate amounts of time, money, and effort.
My Fort didn't come out perfectly, but very well, and I prefer it as it is rather than a perfect replica. It feels "classic" to me, where there are still seams and brush marks in a way showing how much work is behind the result.
|You can see a shell case and if you look closely you might notice the "map" on the table in this shot.|
Taking an idea from the diorama booklet included in the kit, I added brass shell cases to the interior.
I took silver wire and inserted it into a wire stripper held against the floor. The floor made the wire only go so far and thus the shells were made with consistent length. I then painted them up with gold paint.
|human hand for scale|
I sprayed the top of the model silver but had to touch up many areas with bottle paint and I hand painted the bottom. Ton of brush marks but sure looks shiny! I botched some pieces but they don't detract much in my opinion. The kit has windows for the waist gunner positions but I thought that was something crews would remove for reasons of visibility and field of fire. Maybe that wasn't the case with the B-17G, but I took 'em off anyway and just mounted the point fiftys on the window sills.
Here is the almost-complete B-17 in comparison with other 1/48th scale models, the Tamiya P-51D and Monogram F-86 Sabre.
|Close up of the engines. The B-17 had dirty engines so I tried to replicate that.|
|USAAF officer standing next to the Fort.|