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Posted 3 years ago

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scottvez
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This is another one of my trench art airplane models. In my years of collecting trench art, I have only seen a handful of B-17s. From my experience, the P-38 seems to be the plane of choice.

The plane is 7" long , with a 9" wingspan and is accurately detailed.

The fuselage is made from a 50 cal round and bullet. There is inset aircraft glass for the nose and cockpit. 50 cal bullets make up the engines and at one time, it had 4 propellers (lost long ago). The wings and tail section were both constructed of heavy shell brass that was straightened and cut to shape.

The base is a USN MK-7 deck gun shell (1943) with Australian King GeorgeVI Half Pennies made into the cigarette rests. All are dated 1942.

Based on the coins, this was a Pacific Theater piece.

Since Pacific Theater use of B-17s was very limited after 1943, this model was probably constructed in 1943.

Scott

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks tom, stealthraider and tikiray.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks collecting-- take a look at my other trench art items when you have a chance.

    Scott
  3. DASPICKSTER DASPICKSTER, 3 years ago
    Neat-o!
  4. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks Daspickster.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks Dan.
  6. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    Hi Scottvez, Did you get a chance to see the fantastic display that the Phoenix airport had on trench art? I am not sure why it was there but I almost missed my plane I was so fascinated by the info and great pieces. Believe it was two years ago that I saw it so not sure it is still there. If you happen to be passing through, well worth the time.
  7. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    Hubby told me it was the Orlando airport...sorry I see a lot of airports.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    No, I missed it.

    The Atlanta airport has/ had a great display on WW2 Aviation. The Sweetheart jewelry and wings were really impressive. I flew into Atlanta after being overseas for 6 months and my got my wife a little annoyed when I wanted to spend some time at the displays after she met me at the airport!

    Scott
  9. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    That is so funny. I totally understand, my hubby has those moments with me too. I used to be a big collector of Sweetheart jewelry (just sold my entire collection to an antique gun dealer) so I need to fly through Atlanta. Thanks for the tip!

  10. Signaholic Signaholic, 3 years ago
    Great Trench Art ashtray!
  11. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks Signaholic-- be sure to check out the other trench art planes that I have posted on CW.
  12. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks Finelines.
  13. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    Nice piece, I like it when there are markings on the bottom. I finally got some books on trench art, not too many airplanes but the whole gamut is fascinating !!~
  14. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks Phil.

    The shell markings help to confirm era and some will command a premium-- WW2 Japanese shells have a following.

    Do you have Kimball's book? It is the best that I have seen-- large size and well photographed.

    Scott
  15. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks collecting.
  16. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    Yes, I did get the book, last week in fact, a beautiful book, looks like one of the best, I bought one also with just more drawings than trench art as we like it, but fascinating nonetheless. Do you have the book with the head on the cover, and the head is filled with bullets coming out of the hair??
  17. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    I only have the book by Kimball.

    You are talking about Saunders? A guy from England? It has been around a lot longer-- is it worth having? I think it is reasonable on ebay.

    Scott
  18. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    Yes I was talking about that book, cant remember if I have ordered it, I believe I
    did but have got about 10 books from amazon last week I haven't had time to look
    at yet. The one book I know I got was Art from the Trenches: America's Uniformed Artists in World War I [Hardcover]
    Alfred Emile Cornebise (Author)
    Its interesting, but not about the trench art you collect, but has a lot of pictures of men in the trenches all sketched in black and white, and talks about the war. I am sure I will find it fascinating but definitely not about the trench art we collect.
  19. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    I have very broad collecting interests and DO collect the actual art as well-- paintings, drawings, etc...

    I will post some.
  20. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    I pulled out a few of the paintings and put them on collectors weekly.

    I posted a few different eras: WW1, WW2, Viet Nam, and current.

    Scott
  21. Trenchartman Trenchartman, 3 years ago
    Great piece!
    I have to get back to posting some of my pieces.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Trenchartman
  22. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    Then you might like the book if you collect drawings, from
    what I saw I liked the writing style. I used to sell books on
    antiques for many years, especially until computers became
    a household appliance, and I seen a fair amount of books
    written on antiques and I did see a fair amount of authors
    from a publisher called "Collector Books" > Some were good
    but a fair amount were written by "people" who noticed there
    was not a book on the market so decided to write one, even
    though they did not collect that antique !! The hardcover I
    mention above, I would recommend you buy it. I use amazon
    or I use - abebooks.com -.
  23. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks trenchartman.
  24. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks fourpeepsake.

    I have many other unusual trench art items posted on CW.

    Scott
  25. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks petey and gypsy-- this particular example was most likely made in an aircraft maintenance shop by soldiers or SEABEE/ USN shop by sailors.

    Scott
  26. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking packrat!

    Scott
  27. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks official and walksoftly!

    Scott
  28. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks mikko.

    Scott
  29. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks bellin and matchsaferunner.

    scott
  30. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks ks and watch.

    scott
  31. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks militarist!

    scott
  32. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks pops-- this example is unusual. When it comes to WW2 trench art airplanes, the P- 38 is often seen; these bombers are much harder to find!

    scott
  33. pops52 pops52, 2 years ago
    I am finding your trench art more and more interesting.
  34. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    I appreciate it pops.

    I must have at least a thousand pieces in my collection. I will post more of these WW2 planes. Much of the WW2 trench art doesn't have the same quality as the WW1 pieces, but I think that the airplanes are an exception to that general statement!

    scott
  35. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    My dad will NOT talk about his time in Korea. He gave me his wings without a 2nd thought that my brothers might want them.
  36. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for visiting valentino. Post the wings when you have a chance.

    scott
  37. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for looking pete, loumanal and kerry.

    scott
  38. ohmyflyguy, 1 month ago
    Scott, Wonderful B-17E
    From the various sources on Trenchart, I suspect that this one may have had clear plexiglas disks and a prop shaft instead of props. If you ever need a set, it would not take more than an afternoon to produce. Tom
  39. scottvez scottvez, 1 month ago
    Thanks flyguy. I have seen the plexiglass props-- think I have a P-38 on here with them.

    My contact info is on my CW page-- shoot me an email.

    scott
  40. scottvez scottvez, 1 month ago
    Thanks for looking jewels.

    If you like trench art be sure to take a look at my other items. I have several other WW2 airplanes as well as some WW1 planes posted on CW.

    scott

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