B-17G-BO-1 #42-31035 "Hang The Expense"
 The aircraft that this B-17 was copied from was only the forth B-17G built by Boeing, leaving the production line in September 1943. After theatre modification, it was assigned to a replacement crew in the 100th Bomb Group, to make up for heavy losses during the Munster mission. By late November 1943, it would be destroyed in a take off crash at its home base, though the crew would go on to complete their tour by mid 1944.

1/6 Scale Model Specifications

Wingspan - 17 feet 3.5 inches
Tailspan - 7 feet
Length - 12 feet 4.5 inches
Take off Weight - 135 pounds ( with full fuel load )
Wing Area - 39 sq ft

Engines - Originally 4 x 3W-40cc Electronic ignition gasoline engines. This was later changed to 2 x 3W-60cc & 2 x 3W-40cc
Fuel Capacity - 1 Gallon ( Imperial Gallon )
Propellers - Smart Wood 22 x 8 inch

Radio - Futaba FC-18 & Field Force 7
Retracts - Scratch Built Pneumatic Units with 9.5 inch diameter trailer jockey wheels

The Bombardier/Navigator's compartment, seen below right, contains a piece of aluminum recovered from the crash site of the original B-17 #035, which flew with the 351st Bomb Squadron, 100th Bomb Group, based at Thorpe Abbotts in Norfolk, England in 1943.

Other items that were recovered at the same time were made into the small display board shown to the left.

The build time was 11 months from pencil on paper to first flight. This was in a basic silver scheme seen below without much detail. After the test flight, surface and other details were added, together with a respray into the authentic colour scheme for B-17 #035.

The model requires two pilots to operate it safely, just as the fullsize B-17 did, and with responsibilities split in a similar manner. The pilot operates the flying controls (Ailerons, Elevators, Rudder ) and inner throttles. 

The Co-Pilot controls the two outer engines, which have independant throttles. This enables him to operate the engines asymmetrically to compensate for strong crosswinds during take off and landing, and to aid in taxiing the B-17. He is also responsible for the flaps and landing gear. This leaves the pilot free to concentrate solely on flying the aircraft.