Posted 10 years ago
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.