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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:04 pm 
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I am certain what I am trying is way beyond my skill level BUT - the Atlantic model was inexpensive so I am going for it.

In October of 1943 the B-24 "Problem Child" had a write off accident while at Wendover airfield - they lost engines 1 and 4 while at 200-300 feet of altitude and made a shallow turn back to base. it would not make it and the gear would not come up. So, they "landed" and probably would have been ok except for the ditch that severed the landing gear and brought the landing to a more sudden stop. It was a "D" model plane so my model is not quite right but hey for a first time outing why not?.

ImageWendover Crash Photo Album 010 med by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

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ImageWendover Crash Photo Album 016 med by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

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It's a good start! As far as it being above your pay grade? You might surprise yourself. I'll be looking forward to updates.

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Nice work... What scale ?

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phil65 wrote:
Nice work... What scale ?

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It is one of the reissue kits from Atlantis so it is is a goofy scale - 1/92nd.

Which I am finding a little challenging as my modeling skills are not up to snuff and it would be nice to have some detail accessories and decal options from Eduard (or others) to help me out!

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I realize I should have taken more pics as I built to this point but alas. . .

My struggle at this point is what to do with the nose - in reality it turned into a jumble of demolished metal "pieces parts" and that seems a bit daunting to try and recreate.

ImagePXL_20201217_201932741 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

ImagePXL_20201217_202116013 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

ImagePXL_20201221_162757335 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

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Looks like a fun project! Can't wait to see how it goes.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:19 am 
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Not a ton of progress - the nose has me a bit stymied. Add the cowlings and top turret. It is a tribute to the pilot that he was able to keep this plane in pretty much one piece despite the crash circumstances.

ImagePXL_20201219_220052665 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

ImagePXL_20201223_230402903 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

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Looking great! Am I to assume that this will go on display in the museum when finished?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:57 pm 
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Yes, provided it is not a total embarrassment :D

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Don't fear cutting up the nose more so and adding sheet styrene if you feel up to the challenge. Will you also be using resin for the water? Looking good!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:35 pm 
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Warbird Kid wrote:
Don't fear cutting up the nose more so and adding sheet styrene if you feel up to the challenge. Will you also be using resin for the water? Looking good!


Yes, I am getting closer to hacking the nose all to bits! As an aside as I have looked at crash photos of the D model and the later turret nose model B-24s, the turret nose definitely had a lot more strength. This D model nose is absolutely demolished and most B-24G-H models the nose does separate, but remains more intact.

Anyway, yes, I am thinking that Woodland scenics resin for the water effects will work well..

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A little more progress - decided to cut the turret nose off and put a little more effort into simulating the actual crash damage / look. Again, it amazes me that no one in the forward half of the plane was killed or seriously injured.

ImagePXL_20210120_225102352 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

ImagePXL_20210120_225111595 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

ImagePXL_20210120_225122275 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

Plus the bent props it seems like the props on # 1 and #4 were dropped before the plane came to rest. #2 cut into the nose section and from the photo it looks like #3 finally broke off as the ship came to rest.

ImagePXL_20210120_225144691 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:59 pm 
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OK - work on the base - DAS modeling clay and a Styrofoam base - which may prove to be a mistake. The clay dries and deforms the underlaying Styrofoam - grrrr. I created the "shards" by flattening out sheets of clay and drying it them smashing them. The wash is to simulate the disgusting black/ grey underlying strata of the salt flats (if you have been here you know).

ImagePXL_20210213_230420300 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

With the model and no wash
ImagePXL_20210213_230542393 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr

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ImagePXL_20210216_025453503 by Tom Petersen, on Flickr


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