Hawaiian Air Depot Camouflage Scheme Batch Build Part IX

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The jinx is still following this build, I can’t remember the last time I have had this much trouble getting models off the bench.  The challenge this week was the decals.  All Fortresses produced through April of 1942 have “U.S. ARMY” lettering on the underside of the wings, this includes all the Hawaiian Air Depot scheme ships.  I sourced the decals for mine from Starfighter Decals Midway sheets.  I split the “ARMY” decal into “AR” and “MY” to avoid distortion from the back of the engine nacelle.  Everything was going fine until I placed the last “AR”.  The “R” stuck, then tore, then just came apart.  The “A” then got involved and also became unsalvageable.  The “P” here is actually the “R” in the process of being rebuilt with strips of decal film.
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I brought out the panel lines with an acrylic “sludge wash”.  This is a mix of water, dish soap, and brown and black paint.  The wash is applied one section at a time, and the excess is removed with a damp cotton swab.  It is important that this be applied over a glossy finish as a flat finish will absorb the excess wash.  In this picture only the port wing has received the treatment.
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Master gun barrels are the bee’s knees.  I have no idea how they machine them but they are works of art.  I used a drill bit to clear the inside of the cooling jackets, the barrels slid right in after that.  Master provides four flash hiders, I reversed these and glued them to the base of four barrels to represent the sleeves where the barrels penetrate the turret elevation slides.
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Here is the B-17D, finished save for a few minor details.  The film clip shows the prop hubs were unpainted, I interpreted this as an indication that the entire propeller could have been left unpainted.  The backs are in the pre-war Mauve.
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The B-17E, also with a few tweaks remaining.  Her props are unusual in that they are all black, with no warning paint at the tips.  This feature is visible on several HAD ships.
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Here is a detail of the Sperry remote turret and sighting installation.  The clear sighting blister was plunge molded over an appropriately sized ball bearing.  The periscopic sight was made from Evergreen.
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The reconstructed “ARMY” lettering came out all right.  The engine streaking is a combination of thinned Burnt Umber brushed to simulate oil streaking, with more airbrushed aft of the turbocharger outlets to simulate exhaust.
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Here is a shot showing the engine detail.  The engines are Quickboost resin with Eduard PE wiring harnesses.  I think these are a big improvement over the kit parts and add an interesting bit of complexity.
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