Academy Boeing B-17E in the Hawaiian Air Depot Scheme in 1/72 Scale

Here is another Flying Fortress in the Hawaiian Air Depot camouflage, 41-2437.  This is one of two HAD scheme Fortresses seen in John Ford’s documentary film of the Battle of Midway.  The U. S. national markings were modified by ALNAV97 on 06MAY42 which directed that the red centers of the insignia should be painted over … Continue reading Academy Boeing B-17E in the Hawaiian Air Depot Scheme in 1/72 Scale

Academy Boeing B-17C/D in the Hawaiian Air Depot Scheme in 1/72 Scale

In the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack much of the American airpower in the Pacific lay wrecked, caught on the ground by the Japanese assault.  Planes lined up in neat rows alongside airfields proved easy targets for bombers and strafing fighters.  Even worse, there were multiple instances of gunners on the ground firing on … Continue reading Academy Boeing B-17C/D in the Hawaiian Air Depot Scheme in 1/72 Scale

Hawaiian Air Depot Boeing B-17E Flying Fortresses, Part V

  SUMMARY I have tried to present information which will be useful to modelers in reproducing these very interesting aircraft. I recommend the book “Ken’s Men” by Lawrence J. Hickey for anyone wanting to read more about Pacific War B-17 operations or the Hawaiian Air Depot camouflage schemes.  I would also recommend the work of … Continue reading Hawaiian Air Depot Boeing B-17E Flying Fortresses, Part V

Hawaiian Air Depot Boeing B-17E Flying Fortresses, Part I

In the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack much of the American airpower in the Pacific lay wrecked, caught on the ground by the Japanese assault. Planes lined up in neat rows alongside airfields proved easy targets for bombers and strafing fighters.  Even worse, there were multiple instances of gunners on the ground firing on … Continue reading Hawaiian Air Depot Boeing B-17E Flying Fortresses, Part I

Airfix Boeing B-17E Conversion “THE BLUE GOOSE” in 1/72 Scale

B-17E Flying Fortress serial number 41-2616 THE BLUE GOOSE is somewhat enigmatic due to there being no known photographs of her.  What is known is that the USAAF requisitioned her from an RAF order and that she was given a unique paint job at the Hawaiian Air Depot.  From Fortress Against the Sun, pg 218: … Continue reading Airfix Boeing B-17E Conversion “THE BLUE GOOSE” in 1/72 Scale