Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by sdk2knbk, May 20, 2007.

  1. sdk2knbk

    sdk2knbk Guest

    While reading one of my old pl****c model magazines, I came across an article on converting a 1/144 B-17 to it's airliner/transport cousin, the Boeing 307 Stratoliner. Hmm, I thought, I can do that with FG's B-17! Well, it hasn't been quite that simple, but the FG model has been a useful reference. Here's a pic of the first build test, the fuselage, tail plane and a pair of FG B-17 wings I'm using for reference.


    I though I could use the tailplanes from the B-17, but you can see they don't match very well. (More like the ones on a B-17C).

    Of course, I had to see how big this beast will be, so I set the B-17 wings next to the fuselage to make a sort of mockup.


    Looks good (to me, anyway!) so far. Can't wait 'til I can get a proper set of wings on her.

    Scott K.
  2. Texman

    Texman Guest

    Very nice Scott. If the empennage section/parts are similar to the -17C, FG does have a Model 299 available. Might help ya out.

  3. diamondback

    diamondback Member

    Interesting. You gonna tell Chip about this when you get it done? I was there for the 307 (re-) rollout a few years ago...
  4. sdk2knbk

    sdk2knbk Guest

    Thanks, Texman.

    Diamondback, it'll definitely be available to Chip, if he wants it. I better make sure I do a good job on it, since you've seen the real thing:grin:.

    Scott K.
  5. Ashrunner

    Ashrunner Member

    Excellent work, sdk2knbk.

    I have looked at working up one of those for a long time...never thought of using the FG B-17 as a base.
  6. murphyaa

    murphyaa Designer

    Just to let you know, Chip would be interested in the in the 307. We even discussed it when we hit the Smithsonian and saw their 307 during the cardmodel convention.
  7. sdk2knbk

    sdk2knbk Guest

    Thanks, Aaron, that's good to know. I wonder if he'd be interested in this, too?

    Scott K.
  8. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

    Plane boats~~ Seems like a popular idea by many
  9. airbob

    airbob Member

    I love this idea!...I have entertained the idea of building this intresting plane and think that you are coming along well....I will follow this thread with vast interest!.....a man after my own heart!:wink:
  10. -Jim G

    -Jim G Member

  11. murphyaa

    murphyaa Designer

    It's just quirky enough he'd love it.
  12. John Dell

    John Dell New Member

    Being the B-17 fanatic that I am, the Boeing 307 is an airplane I was planning to do too. Unfortunately, any more, I barely have time to breath let alone do models. I did do the paint scheme for Chip's Me 321/323 Gigant and I'd like to do a beta build of murphaa's very nice B-10. As far as the 307 is concerned, it is closer to the "shark fin" B-17s than it is to the B-17G (Chip's model) as far as wings, engines and horizontal tail surfaces are concerned. From your photos though you got the tail surfaces right. I did go back into my 299 model and made some corrections as well as doing a couple of versions of the Y1B-17 and the B-17A. For the Y1B-17 I drew the Wright Cyclone engines and designed a simple but fairly accurate rendition of the standard B-17 landing gear. Chip was not interested in any of these but if you would like the B&W versions with the relevant parts I'd be happy to e-mail them to you. Drop me a private message with your e-mail address. I also have some detailed plan drawings. Time permitting I could scan them for you. I was planning to do a TWA, Pan Am and the military C-75 versions. What are your plans? I look forward to seeing how it turns out.
  13. sdk2knbk

    sdk2knbk Guest

    The design-build continues. Still needs upper wing fairings, landing gear, prop spinners, and small details. Once the actual parts are done, I can start on the missing surface detail (cockpit windows, panel lines, etc.)

    Scott K.
  14. sdk2knbk

    sdk2knbk Guest

    Since I couldn't use the FG B-17 wings I built, I decided to build the rest of the plane. As practice for the 307 detailing, I modified the B-17 parts and "de-militarised" it (removed all of the turrets and gun locations.) I plan on making a couple of tanks and spray bars to mount under the wings to make the model resemble a pesticide spraying aircraft I once saw.

    Scott K.
  15. sdk2knbk

    sdk2knbk Guest

    The Stratocruiser and the B-17 together.

    Scott K.
  16. willygoat

    willygoat Member

    Looks like the 307 is coming along nicely. Keep up the good work!
  17. Felixdk

    Felixdk New Member

  18. sdk2knbk

    sdk2knbk Guest

    Thanks, Felix! Those shots will help a lot! It's nice to see some different angles for a change. A good overhead and right side view has been hard to come by.

    Scott K.
  19. murphyaa

    murphyaa Designer

    Chip's looking forward to the 307, and the "Cosmic Muffin".
  20. airbob

    airbob Member

    A split drawing of the B-17 and the Boeing 307....maybe of use:oops: ...maybe not:cry: ....all you need is detailing ot your 307 fuselage....

Share This Page