Marshall's B-17G model of 'Chowhound', with US dollar bill for size comparison.
I visited my Idaho Falls friend Marshall Dullum this afternoon to wish him Happy Birthday and deliver his present (a book about the B-29 units in Korea during the Korean War), and he had an amazing surprise for me---a huge B-17G model that he built many years ago. I was overwhelmed at his generosity. It's a beauty, as you can see from the pictures. This is no small-kit model, but a huge tribute to the B-17. Marshall did a wonderful job of painting all the interiors and exteriors---even the Norden bombsight is in there in regulation black. Wow!
This particular B-17, #42-31367 flew out of Bassingourn, England assigned to the 322nd Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group. The Walt Disney character "Pluto" was painting on her nose. Chow Hound flew over 30 missions, but luck ran out for her second crew on August 8th, 1944 when she was shot down--4 of her crew were killed.The model is so realistic you can look into the Plexiglass windows and see the Norden bombsight and the pilot's seats. When Marshall moved from California, some of the pieces were broken. He painstakingly found matching parts and fixed this model.
Marshall was a B-29 radioman in Korea, and is the only local friend I know who shares my passion for WWII aircraft. I met Marshall when I did an article about him for a local magazine's July 4 issue. We've been friends ever since.
Enjoy the photos of this model!