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    Posted 8 years ago

    scottvez
    (877 items)

    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, 8 years ago
      Thanks tom, stealthraider and tikiray.
    2. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks collecting-- take a look at my other trench art items when you have a chance.

      Scott
    3. DASPICKSTER DASPICKSTER, 8 years ago
      Neat-o!
    4. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks Daspickster.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks Dan.
    6. AmberRose AmberRose, 8 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, 8 years ago
      Hubby told me it was the Orlando airport...sorry I see a lot of airports.
    8. scottvez scottvez, 8 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, 8 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, 8 years ago
      Great Trench Art ashtray!
    11. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks Signaholic-- be sure to check out the other trench art planes that I have posted on CW.
    12. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks Finelines.
    13. scottvez scottvez, 8 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
    14. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks collecting.
    15. scottvez scottvez, 8 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
    16. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      I have very broad collecting interests and DO collect the actual art as well-- paintings, drawings, etc...

      I will post some.
    17. scottvez scottvez, 8 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
    18. Trenchartman Trenchartman, 8 years ago
      Great piece!
      I have to get back to posting some of my pieces.
      Thanks for sharing.
      Trenchartman
    19. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks trenchartman.
    20. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks fourpeepsake.

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

      Scott
    21. scottvez scottvez, 8 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
    22. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking packrat!

      Scott
    23. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks official and walksoftly!

      Scott
    24. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks mikko.

      Scott
    25. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks bellin and matchsaferunner.

      scott
    26. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks ks and watch.

      scott
    27. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks militarist!

      scott
    28. scottvez scottvez, 7 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
    29. pops52 pops52, 7 years ago
      I am finding your trench art more and more interesting.
    30. scottvez scottvez, 7 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
    31. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years 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.
    32. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for visiting valentino. Post the wings when you have a chance.

      scott
    33. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking pete, loumanal and kerry.

      scott
    34. ohmyflyguy, 5 years 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
    35. scottvez scottvez, 5 years 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
    36. scottvez scottvez, 5 years 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
    37. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
      Thanks midnight and karen.

      scott

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