cockpit.jpg THIS IS AN ACTUAL FULL SIZED PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN OVER GERMANY AND AVAILABLE ON eBAY

I PURCHASED THIS PHOTOGRAPH ON EBAY AND I AM PRETTY SURE THEY ARE STILL FOR SALE THERE. I SAY PHOTOGRAPH AND IT IS A PHOTOGRAPH, THE BIGGEST ONE I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT MEASURES OVER SIX FEET WIDE BY THREE FEET HIGH. ACCORDING TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER, IT WAS TAKEN IN AN ACTUAL B-17 AT ALTITUDE OVER GERMANY. THE DETAIL IS FANTASTIC AND THE SCALE IS PERFECT. MAIN INSTRUMENTS MEASURE 3 1/8" EXACTLY! I BOUGHT IT FOR DETAIL AND YOU MAY AS WELL BE RIGHT IN THE COCKPIT, BECAUSE IS DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. IF YOU SEARCH B-17 PANEL IN EBAY, YOU SHOULD FIND THEM EASILY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED AND CAN'T FIND THEM I'LL SEND YOU THE PROPER URL.


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WHEN I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO COME ACCROSS SOME ORIGINAL B-17 PANEL DRAWINGS, I DECIDED TO BUILD A 3D PANEL AND THEN AN ACTUAL PROTOTYPE. SEE MY STORY UNDER HISTORY.

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ALL THE PANEL LIGHTS ARE FUNCTIONAL, EVEN ON THIS PROTOTYPE. I ALSO GOT A COUPLE OF THE ORIGINAL C-5 COCKPIT LIGHTS THAT WERE USED IN THE B-17'S AND WIRED THEM UP TO THE RHEOSTAT SWITCHES ON THE FAR LEFT SIDE OF THE PANEL. AT NIGHT I CAN POSITION THESE LIGHTS, TURN THE DARK RED LENS FILTERS TO THE ON POSITION AND IT LOOKS TRULY AWSOME, EVERYTHING GLOWING AND LIT UP JUST AS THE ORIGINAL DID. I WIRED UP A 24 VOLT DC POWER SUPPLY TO GIVE ME THE JUICE NEEDED. BULBS AND LAMPS ARE RATED AT 28 VOLTS, BUT THE SMALL DIFFERENCE DOESN'T MATTER AT ALL AND PROBABLY SAVES MY BULBS. THE INDICATOR LAMPS (10 SHOWING) ARE ORIGINAL UNITS STRIPPED FROM WWII AIRCRAFT AND STILL HAD A LOT OF WIRES SHOWING. THEY ARE ADJUSTABLE AND WHEN THE FRONT BEZEL IS ROTATED, THREE SMALL TRIANGLES CHANGE SIZE TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF LUMINATION. I GOT YTHESE LAMPS FROM
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THINK HE STILL HAS A SUPPLY OF THEM IN RED AND AMBER COLOR.

I HAVE COME A LONG WAY AND STILL AM LEARNING AND MAKING PROGRESS ALONG THE WAY. SOON I WILL BE ASSEMBLING MY FIRST ORIGINAL TYPE B-17 PANELS TO THE CORRECT PLYWOOD FRAME AND I WILL BE POSTING PICTURES OF THE PROGRESS. PLS HAVE A LOOK IN THE HISTORY SECTION TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT I AM DOING.

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HERE IS A CUT AWAY SECTIONAL VIEW THROUGH THE PANEL OF AN ORIGINAL B-17 (DRAWING). THIS RIB PANEL FALLS RIGHT BETWEEN THE MANIFOLD PRESSURE AND THE TACHOMETERS AND SEPARATES THE RIGHT AND CENTER PANELS. YOU CAN SEE EASILY HOW THE EDGES ARE ROUTED INTO EACH OTHER, WHICH, WHEN AFTER GLUING GIVES IT THE STRENGTH.

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A CRUDE BEGINNING!
I HAD ALREADY AMASSED QUITE A FEW ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTS AND DECIDED TO CREATE A PROTOTYPE PANEL. I USED A FULL SHEET OF 3/16"  LUAN PLYWOOD AND MOUNTED WHATEVER I HAD, ADDING TO THEM AS MY COLLECTION INCREASED. A LOT OF WHAT YOU SEE IN THIS PICTURE HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH MORE ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTATION AS I FOUND IT ON EBAY. NEVER A PROBLEM AS IF YOU GET SOMETHING YOU DON'T LIKE IT WILL SELL AND I NEVER LOST ANY MONEY ON THE WRONG TYPE OR DIAL COATING.

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HERE IS A TYPICAL B-17 G PANEL

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THERE ARE MANY REVISIONS BUT THIS IS AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET TO THE ORIGINAL LAYOUT IN THE MANUAL

THIS IS THE REAR VIEW OF AN ACTUAL B-17 G INSTUMENT
PANEL SCANNED FROM AN ORIGINAL MANUAL. THE WOOD
GRAIN IS EASILY SEEN IN THE PLYWOOD FRAME

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THIS IS THE FRONT VIEW OF THE SAME B-17 G PANEL,
SHOWING ALL INSTRUMENT LOCATIONS.


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