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A big thank you to everyone at Duxford. I just found and read this entire thread (it took a few days :roll: ) and was I thoroughly entertained and impressed! As a volunteer working on Lancaster FM212's restoration, I know what you chaps have faced and I applaud the job you all did and continue to do. Looking forward to the final shots!

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This scheme would not have been my first choice, but I fully understand and respect it. The next challenge is to create the appropriate videos/storyboards/etc that surround the airplane and convey this message successfully.

The AF Museum has added a number of mannequins over the years adjacent to/sitting in aircraft to help tell the story. I can't help but wonder how neat it would be to have a couple aircrew members, the crew chief, and a Tony Starcer type standing, looking up at the blank nose discussing the crew's idea for a name, maybe even holding some sketch ideas. It can all be generic, not identifying any particular unit or aircraft, but if done well, could be a powerful way to tell the larger story.

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Ken wrote:
This scheme would not have been my first choice, but I fully understand and respect it. The next challenge is to create the appropriate videos/storyboards/etc that surround the airplane and convey this message successfully.

The AF Museum has added a number of mannequins over the years adjacent to/sitting in aircraft to help tell the story. I can't help but wonder how neat it would be to have a couple aircrew members, the crew chief, and a Tony Starcer type standing, looking up at the blank nose discussing the crew's idea for a name, maybe even holding some sketch ideas. It can all be generic, not identifying any particular unit or aircraft, but if done well, could be a powerful way to tell the larger story.

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Like with a fistful of popular Vargas pin ups and a tray of 10 or 12 tins of various colors??

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I like that idea. Great job by the restoration team!

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Another "+1" for Ken's idea above! Great thinking!!

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Duxford Monday June 25th:

Many thanks for the recent positive comments, I am sure they will be a boost to the staff and volunteers as they enter the final stretch of a demanding project. There is already a lot of forward planning for the AAM refit, so it's a good time to put forward presentation ideas.
Updates may be a little slow for a while, there's so much going on as Duxford prepares for the 2012 Flying Legends Airshow next weekend. Lots of visitors will be calling in at the American Air Museum to check on progress.

Here's two shots of the tailplane being fitted last week:

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Another view of the top turret has come to hand:

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One of the replica guns waiting for a finished chin turret:

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Work on the rudder:

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Two stages of an elevator covering:

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I haven't had a chance to drop in for a while I'm afraid.
Did the team manage to source the interior lamps they were after?

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Dear WIXers,
Having ALL the fun at Duxford. They even let me tell them how to installl the flaps all wrong. Wish YOU were here! :D

But seriously, the progress made on the plane is phenomenal. I saw her last year while they were still stripping paint and she was up on blocks.
Now she is back on wheels and standing proud!

I am on borrowed computing equipage, so pictures will have to wait, but I do have a snapshot or two to share when I get back to the NEW world.

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I don`t want to put down the awesome job they are doing or to criticize, but i have a question.

Aren`t the tail numbers usually higher on the vertical stabilizer and totally contained on the removable portion of the stab? (Sorry for using what is probably incorrect terminology, but i don`t know what else to call it). I`ve never seen the leading digit on the non-removable portion, except in some post war photos where they added a "0-" to the serial.


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The military serial number was placed on the vertical stabilizer, not the rudder. The position in the photos appears correct to my untrained eyes.

The museum workers and volunteers are doing a wonderful job on this aircraft.

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Duxford Saturday June 30th:

Duxford's annual spectacular Flying Legends airshow had many attractions for warbird fans, and thousands of spectators checked out the progress on the B-17. A great collection of contemporary photos, maps, documents and other items was also on display. Most poignant was this set of uniforms, an almost ghostly reminder of the many crews who went missing. Notice the colour variations.....

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Hi Spanner,I'll send you some cash,just need your Nigerian bank account number,try not to enjoy yourself too much,cheers,Pete

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Duxford Wednesday July 4th:

I mentioned that '735 now has all four props installed. Here are some shots of the work being done:

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Last weekend at the Flying Legends airshow, there was a constant line of interested visitors in the AAM:

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Potential crew member or veteran ball-turret gunner?
(Hitchcock moment bottom left!)

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The flap installation was not straightforward, but I understand expert transatlantic advice was at hand:

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And finally, to mark today's date:

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David - I forgot to thank you for the extra top turret pics - in fact I have only just found them! Typically I have already painted the top turret on my 1/32 build....I will have to go back & re-do some areas haha

so THANKS

I have a new request - can you please get some pics of both sides of bulkhead 6 (ie directly in front of the ball turret position) - I've found some from restorations, but not clear enough - and I want to know for sure what fixtures were mounted to it. If you can help that would be great!

thanks again for your time

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