1/48 B-17F Build - 303rd BGs Luscious Lady {Continued)

You had me at bomb bay… Absolutely stunning! :bomb:



Thanks. That’s one of the parts that I did, a long, long time ago, with some cleanup by H.G. on things like loose parts and restringing the catwalk ropes to make them more to scale.

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Don’t forget the Accurate Armour Crossley crash tender since you seem to be on a roll here Brian …

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Another nice little update … And now a truck … another interesting aspect of the build …


I’ll check it out. It was one vehicle I thought wasn’t available in 1/48.



I am informed by H.G.'s roommate in Edmonton that my friend and “the partner of my labors”, albeit a faithful one, is no more.

H.G. died in his sleep on Sunday, with the end of this epic build in sight.

I’ll have more to say about this when I learn more. I also need to reflect on it before saying more.

One thing I can assure the followers of this build is that it will continue. I’ll have to figure out a way to get it back from Edmonton in one piece and then find someone else who will help get it to the runway. Our mission was almost done.


Very sad news. Prayers. No one can prepare for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. But we take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord. My deepest condolences to his family


I’m so sorry ti hear that, Brian- my sympathies.


This is not true, Brian, isn’t it? That’s so, so sad to hear.

I always admired his accurate work on his builds with the eye for even the tiniest detail. He was one of the best modellers I had the pleasure to know - even only though the internet. In my own build blog he was always full of encouraging words for my work. He once told me that he suffers from Parkinson. That makes his works even more precious. This is a sad loss for us here at the Kitmaker Family.

RIP, H.G. :cry:


So sad to hear the news. H.G. was always a great teacher and inspiration to many. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.



Terrible news Brian - I know what started as a business relationship evolved into a friendship for the two of you . My sympathy to all .
Hopefully he has some heirs that will be able to return your property to you in a safe and secure manner.
Perhaps there is another modeler in the area who can pack it with the roommate’s cooperation .
I don’t do Facebook but my brother in law is part of a large modeling community there . If no one in the Kitmaker network is in that area reaching out on Facebook may help. LMK if there is anything I can do.
With much sympathy- Richard


This is very sad news as H.G. was an outstanding modeler, inspiration and fantastic member of the forum community.

My condolences to family and friends.


R.I.P. :frowning_face:


Brian that’s such sad news, what a loss for our fraternity/community – sincere condolences to you & his nearest. One of the Greats, if ever we start a Hall of Fame he’ll go directly into it.

Could I suggest you write an obituary when you’re able, and place it in the General Discussions/In Memoriam sub-forum?


Thanks, Tim.

H.G.'s passing is a huge loss to our community, for sure. He was one of the best modelers I have ever encountered, a genius at this craft, really. And a good-hearted soul.

As time passed, we did become close friends, and on more than one occasion, he told me I was his best friend. So I think it does fall to me to write an obit for him here, and I’ll take that task on.

I am in touch with his roommate and will keep people posted.


Sad news. Always enjoyed HG’s posts. Prayers and peace to his friends and family. He is at rest with his wife and child. :cry:


Very sad news! indeed! my condolences!


This is truly devastating and such heartbreaking sad news. He was such a terrific and warm hearted man, and he battled through so much yet he always had a kind and always encouraging word for everyone he encountered here during their builds and I am positive it would of been the same in real life.
Even though it was mostly here, HG and I did chat occasionally via email and he always had such a positive outlook on life and how nice other people were. I was very lucky that he actually phoned me about a few months ago and we chatted on the phone for about 20 minutes. And it was based on him just wanting to say how much he enjoyed following my builds, and the comments he would read that I had made about others work.

He was definitely one of a kind from the old school of good natured and just genuinely nice people. I am happy that he slipped away peacefully in his sleep … It was a real pleasure and honour to have known and spoken with him. He now rightfully joins his wife and child up among the stars in peace. Thoughts to his family and you Brian during this sad time.

Rest in peace H.G … we will all miss you and your brilliant builds.


Sad news :cry:


I am saddened greatly at this news. I only had very positive conversations with H.G. around his models and mine. He was always supportive and always willing to help in any way.

My sincerest condolences to family and friends, such a loss to us all.

Rest in Peace H.G., you will be missed.