Here is my take on the Young Miniatures B-17 Waist gunner. I finished this just in time for the ATL show. It was a hoot to paint, but it had it's moments with some very small fiddly bits, and a bit of thought has to go into the mounting of the oxygen mask, which I ended up having to use lead foil to finally attach to the helmet. I added the cigarette with styrene Evergreen stock as my only slight modification. One thing I want to mention is the oxygen hose. I made an executive decision there to do something a little different. "Xenithal" lighting would dictate that the top of the "ribs" on that would be the lightest shade of OD and the "gooves" where the piece expands be the darkest as they are more recessed. However, as my incessant Google searches turned out, most of the pictures I found of the A14 oxygen mask, as with many other oxygen masks (of the period and later it seems), actually end up being a lighter color in the creases, and a darker OD on the tops of the ribs (maybe due to the slight "burnishing" they receive during use?). Is the lighter color due to 60+ years of dust settling into the creases?......Maybe. I even came across some period illustrations that looked to show the lighter colors in the creases. Sooooooo......I decided to buck the system, defy the Xenithal rules and go with a lighter color for the creases for that part. I know it defies what our eyes are trained to look for, but I'm not unhappy with the results. As per usual, Young has produced a fantastic bust that was a pleasure to paint. Hope you like it, any and all comments are welcome! Jay H.