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Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:37 am

Hey everyone
Just a quick update. This photo was posted last night to our Facebook page.

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As you can see it looks like all but a few of the clecos are gone!! I'm headed up there tomorrow so more photos to come soon but it looks like a major milestone is quickly approaching.

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:04 pm

A M A Z I N G !!!!!!

Congrats to all on this fabulous milestone. :drink3:

Andy

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:35 pm

and so for the first time in 68 years (give or take a couple) the Rear and the Forward Fuselage are alligned

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Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:22 pm

Awesome!

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:37 am

Fantastic. Amazing that the airworthy B-17 population will be growing soon.


Chappie

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:02 pm

She is rapidly outgrowing her present home.. great job!!

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:42 am

There's a nice 8-page article on this airplane and its restoration in the new issue of Air Classics (just got it in the mail). Lots of good pictures too.

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:43 pm

hi everyone sorry for the extreme delay in posting anything. (getting married will do that hehe) was out at the shop today and a lot has been going on! We are removing the last remnants of the XC-108 conversion from the radio room along with working on the bomb bay and the front entry hatch. Also we have removed the lower forward fairings from the radio room area as well and have started the rehab process on them as well. The rudder has been fabric covered and is going into storage for the time being. Here are some photos.

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cockpit entry door (this will give you an idea of what size the doorways should be)

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radio room door frame removed to restore to proper width

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right forward lower fairing removed and prepping for repair

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forward entry hatch repaired and replaced (it swings great!)

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hatch itself

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xc-108 floor being removed

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rudder re-frabriced and sealed

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both name's temporarily clecoed onto the plane's nose for a tour group. That was the location they were originally and Tangerine was first followed by Desert Rat. Though Tangerine was found much more recently

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:49 pm

Thank you very much for the picture posts and update kidjim. Boy, I thought everyone had moved to Florida! The Facebook page has been pretty scarce lately too, in regular updates at least...

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:46 pm

Thanks, Jim! I'd been wondering where the names were on the nose. Right side only?

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:09 pm

As far as we know they were only on the right side. there has been some sanding done on the right side but no yellow lettering has appeared.

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:45 pm

To avoid any confusion between names, you could just paint it as "Memphis Belle" :D

O.K., just so no internet confusion arises from this comment, IT IS JUST A LITTLE JOKE. :axe:

(No B-17's have been harmed in the making of this joke.)

Love the updates Jim.
Thanks.

Andy

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:51 pm

haha Andy i'll be sure to pass that onto Mike :wink: I will say though that years ago before the Desert Rat name was found there was serious talk amongst Mike and the group at the time of naming it Black Jack after a Pacific theater E model. Thankfully the names were found though. Just one more little bit of uniqueness for this rare bird

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:12 am

DH82EH wrote:To avoid any confusion between names, you could just paint it as "Memphis Belle" :D

O.K., just so no internet confusion arises from this comment, IT IS JUST A LITTLE JOKE. :axe:

(No B-17's have been harmed in the making of this joke.)

Love the updates Jim.
Thanks.

Andy


To reduce further confusion I say they name her "HELLS ANGELS" :)

Re: Official Build Thread for B-17E 41-2595 Desert Rat/Tange

Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:07 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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