Airfix Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Build in 1/72 Scale Part II

Airfix provides fully enclosed wheelwells with good detail.  In fact, I used the Airfix parts as masters to cast copies to enclose the wheelwells of my previous builds of Academy Fortresses.  The Airfix engines are crisply molded and look the part.
Here the Airfix engines have been painted Alclad aluminum and given a black wash.  The trailing edges of the wings were filed down before being joined to get as thin an edge as possible.  Airfix is improving on this but most modelers will want to make it a little better.
The fuselage is closed up.  I experienced no difficulty getting everything together thanks to numerous test fittings as the interior parts were installed.  I did remove a little material from the side of the first bulkhead with a file, but only a little and after that the fuselage sides mated well.
I sanded all seams before attaching the wings, it is easier to handle that way and you can get to everything a bit easier.
The underside of the port wing was left with a small gap.  This was addressed with Perfect Plastic Putty and the excess wiped away with a wet cotton swab.
Eduard makes a resin replacement set of turbochargers, I picked up a set for comparison.  These are more finely detailed than the Airfix parts but the Airfix aren’t really that bad either.
The Master .50 caliber barrels are little jewels, obviously machined using dark sorcery.  How do they do it?  These are a definite improvement over the kit parts, and will be harder for me to break off the finished model.
The transparencies are masked with the Eduard set.  I have checked the seams by airbrushing Mr. Surfacer 500, and any areas where my lack of modeling skills were exposed I sprayed on more Mr. Surfacer.  Take that!  After sanding everything smooth again she’ll be ready to prime and paint.

Part III here: