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1/48 B-17E Flying Fortress

Started by 1stusmcdiv42 , May 01 2012 09:17 PM

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#1 1stusmcdiv42

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:17 PM

So here is a little back story to the pictures Im about to show. At the age of 15 I met a man named Sven Davis who worked for the illustrious Revell Monogram. We met at the yearly model trade show in Chicago at the Rosemont center and for a year we kept in contact and I had the opportunity to take several tours of their Northbrook Illinois facility. Fast forward a year and I get a phone call asking if I can now work for the company since I finally have a drivers licence.

At the age of 16 I end up working for my dream company, Revell Monogram. I worked in customer service, engineering, product development and marketing. I was brought on as part of an lofty project to target young model builders as well as bring a new face to the company. As the poster child of the company I was assigned to build a show piece to be taken to every trade show the company was planning to go to. I also was on a project team trying to resurrect the old inserts with kit builds by Shepard Pain (a personal friend of mine) that Monogram used to put in their Kits back in the 70s, but with different builders and new dioramas.

On top of all this I also was privy to the engineering team and got to give my 2 cents on lots of new projects they were working on.

These included brand new modern tooled kits of the following all in 1/48 scale, some of which I saw prototypes for.
B-17 F, and G
B24 D and J
B25 A, B, C, H and G
B52, yes a 1/48 B52

After a year of employment with Revell Monogram, with all these amazing things in the works the company switched hands and Sven along with the entire other group of guys, including myself who were on the verge of turning the company around and getting ready to give Tamiya, Accurate Miniatures etc a HUGE run for their money were all let go. Our projects were shut down and the company downsized because the new investors did not want to invest in new tooling and equipment for producing the new line of aircraft models.

so now here I stand, 8 years latter with the project I started for the company that was to launch my carrier as a well known model builder...or so I hoped :)

The work on this model was all done at the age of 16. It is a 1/48 scale model using parts I was given from revell monogram. The kit is a mash up of the Monogram B-17G and the Revell B-17 F with a conversion kit to make it a B-17E. I choose the B-17 as the subject because we wanted to show that a model builder has the potential to take these old kits and turn them into something beautiful. It was to be placed with the prototype new tool 1/48 B-17 showing that the amount of detailed a skilled builder could put into the old kits, was now standard on the new ones!









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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:26 PM

So there ya go, not even close to being finished, but I like to think that for a kid of 16 I didnt do to bad putting that work into her all those years ago.

The model was to be placed on a base that emulated a pacific theater bomber base. The plane was to be placed to the side of the runway getting ready to be loaded up with ordnance to go on a bombing mission. There were to be machine guns, ammo, bombs, equipment etc all being prepare to be placed in the bomber. all the doors and gun positions were placed in the open position to show of the interior.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:56 PM

Superb craftsmanship and awesome super-detailing...well done! :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:35 AM

A great story and a great job kit bashing. Sorry it didn't work out for you. One thing, though, is that you had a great experience getting an inside view of how models are made. That will stick with you for the rest of your life.


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Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:37 AM

Fantastic work..it shows the time you have spent of this model. :thumbsup:

#9 1stusmcdiv42

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:27 PM

It was a great experience working for them, and thanks for the compliments on the model. I think I might pull this baby out of storage and try to complete it this summer.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:49 PM

Well done brother, well done!

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 04:54 AM

You've the best of a tough business decision. You walked away with dream in your pocket, great experiences and a wonderful model too boot! :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:34 PM

I was a Monogram buff long after other modellers moved on to Tamiya & Hasegawa - I loved all those U.S. multi-engine planes they produced. Its sad to hear how close we came to getting updated kits. Thanks for sharing the story. You did a great job on this kit; it would be great to see it finished.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:24 PM

Great work you put in a lot of detail.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:36 PM

that is amazing work, almost a shame not to show the interior fully!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:34 AM

Fantastic work! I would have suggested using the Clear B-17 side for this one as it would be a crime to hide all your work, but it looks like you already started the other side.

there is nothing like those 1/48 Monogram kits starting from the 1/48 P-47....

I have the clear 1/48 B-17 and I hope mine comes out at least half as good as yours!


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:56 AM

Nice clean work... beautiful job.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 04:28 PM

Great Work!!

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 09:45 PM

im looking to find a nice b-17 model. to make a tribute to my great uncle he was shot down in the b-17 "slightly dangerous" what would you recomend?

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