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Rain in Belgium, so we continue with the tail and the group markings on the wingtip:

 

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let's take her out for a spin:

 

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some details of the tail:

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 Now I need to work on roughening up the engines..and I see an error on the tail..

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Absolutely beautiful paint jobs. This thread has FORCED me to add the A2A B-17 to my "to get" list. You guys are really damaging my wallet! :stars:

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Nice work, :thum:  that's one hell of a ball to be invited to, dress appropriately. :D  I couldn't read the name on the second plane but the tail paint is clean and vibrant. :cool:

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Nice re-paint, :thum: I bet it wasn't so hot in that baby when they were flying high though. :D

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done as requested by the son of one of her former pilots: Margie

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B-17G-85-BO 43-38379 OR-O "Margie", which was assigned to the 323rd BS/ 91st BG, based in Bassingbourn, UK, on the 10th of september 1944. It was named after the wife, Marjorie McConnell, of the first pilot that it was assigned to, Lt. Cecil McConnel. Margie was home to several other crews and continued flying until the end of the war. She flew back to the US in late 1945, to be scrapped at Kingman, Arizona.

link to paint: http://aussiex.org/forum/index.php?/files/file/4741-a2a-b-17g-91st-bg-margie/

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Nice work JanKees, shame she has been scrapped but I guess this repaint was well received by McConnel's son.

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Fantastic work Jan.  It must take you a long time to produce such fantastic work.  Well done. :thum:  :hat:  :D

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If you look at the original pic of the captured wulfe hound, you see that it has retained its original serial and camo on the tail, so I don't think they overpainted the upper surfaces. Besides, od weathers to grey, so again I think it was kept od on top.

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16 minutes ago, jankees said:

If you look at the original pic of the captured wulfe hound, you see that it has retained its original serial and camo on the tail, so I don't think they overpainted the upper surfaces. Besides, od weathers to grey, so again I think it was kept od on top.

 

To my eye, that odd scrap piece IS olive drab... where it was longest in the dirt from the looks of it.

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Welcome to the forums here Nicola, :welcomeani: it's always fun to figure things out. From what I have seen from the past Jan Kees only paints what he finds in photographs so I'm pretty sure there is one somewhere around that he copied his paint from. Who knows, it could have been repainted a couple of times too. Would you happen to have any pic's of the full aircraft for us to check out.:)

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B-17G 44-6838 'Spirit of Martinez' flew with the 335th BS of the 95th BG from Horham in Suffolk. It flew 50 missions and was named by its first pilot, Lt Frank Calicura, from Martinez, Cal. He also flew her back to the US in late 1945, to be scrapped at Kingman, Arizona.

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B-17G 42-31369 of the 401st BG/614th BS IW-K "Round Tripper" was on a mission to Berlin on the 6th of august 1944, when it was hit by flak. The crew, led by Lt John Sauerwald, attempted to reach neutral ground in Sweden, but had to ditch in the Baltic Sea. All crew members managed to escape in dinghies, but where then captured by an U-boat, spending the rest of the war as POW's.

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Wow, a "Local" bird. The city of Martinez is 3 miles right across the Straits from me. I'll have to check the phone book, just out of curiosity, to see if Lt Frank Calicura 's family name is still listed in the area. Great job on it.

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