Hello everyone, this is my first topic here on Aeroscale. As the title says this will be a build log of my 1//72 B-17 builds. These builds started with the B-17 "Hell's Angels" that I built several years ago. I have slowly been building up a stash of 1/72 B-17s for the last several years. I found that aftermarket decal companies made quite a few decals for bombers of the 303rd Bomb Group and in my searching online I discovered that the 303rd had one of the best websites with the most useful information and pictures. Thus my desire to build aircraft from the 303rd was born. I pulled one of the kits out of the stash and realized I had started it but put it away. I decided to finish it, and thus my YB-40 "Tampa Tornado" joined the group. I then pulled out another kit and realized I had started this one previously too! I finished her and B-17 "The '8' Ball MkII" joined the group.
Pleased with the fact that I could actually start and complete a whole aircraft in a matter of days I decided to build a few more. I then put together one of my B-17C kits that I will use to try my hand at a bare metal finish. The B-17C is primed and ready to go as soon as I get my metal finish paint.
Looking through my decals I saw I have the sheet that was specifically 303rd aircraft. I have plans to build all of them, but I started a B-17G to be built as "Iza Vailable Too". Being another bare metal finish it is currently waiting for the metal finish paint as well. Since that one is waiting I pulled out a B-17F kit and built it and got it primed and she will be finished as B-17F "Iza Vailable". I thought it would be cool to have both aircraft to see the difference between an earlier model -F and a later model -G.
On my immediate list to build next I have the new Revell kit set aside for B-17F "Knockout Dropper" and will be using the Kits World decals. I also will be using (most likely) one of my Academy kits to build B-17F "Old Faithful/War Bride" also using Kits World decals. I ordered a new Revell B-17G kit which I will be using to build B-17G "Thunderbird", again, using the Kits World decals.
The Revell kit is lightyears ahead of the Hasegawa and Academy kits in terms of detail and accuracy, but it is also double the price or more of the older kits. I plan on doing a sort of side by side comparison of all three kits (unless one has been done already).
Now enough of my ramblings, I'm sure you all came here to see the pictures!
The first picture is of the three complete aircraft, the second and third pictures are the in progress aircraft. I'll post pictures of individual aircraft a little while later.