Friday, September 23, 2016

Military aircraft vol.81: Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress " Memphis Belle"





Subject:
Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"
Scale:
1/48
Manufacturer:
Revell from Germany
Price
US$40,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with  waterslide decals.
Comments
As i said before, this kit has a special place in my heart. It was my first 1/48 scale model ever back in 1982, when i started modelling. By that time, it was impressive. The size of a B-17 in 1/48 is huge and detail was very nice considering what we could get in the Brazilian model market back in the 80's. My original B-17 is long gone now, but recently i saw this kit in our local hobby shop and decided to revisit the subject with a new perspective: more model construction knowledge.
Overall, what you get in the box is less then you would expect from a 1/48 scale four engine bomber considering model technology from today. I tried to do my best, saving most of my efforts on the finishing colors. The real plane was a fortress, and there is nothing that could be seen from the inside anyway. Overall fit is ok. The most difficult task was the wing to fuselage assembling. The weathering technique i used will be presented in an individual article soon. So if you like it, stay tuned. 


















Thursday, September 8, 2016

Kit review vol.27: Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"



Subject:
Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"
Scale:
1/48
Manufacturer:
Revell from Geermany
Price
US$40,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with  waterslide decals.
Comments
This kit has a special place in my heart. It was my first 1/48 scale model ever back in 1982, when i started modelling. By that time, it was impressive. The size of a B-17 in 1/48 is huge and detail was very nice considering what we could get in the Brazilian model market back in the 80's. My original B-17 is long gone now, but recently i saw this kit in our local hobby shop and decided to revisit the subject with a new perspective: more model construction knowledge.
Overall, what you get in the box is less then you would expect from a 1/48 scale four engine bomber considering model technology from today. Also, no recessed panel lines here too. The kit has almost no interior detail, witch i think is not a problem since the plane was actually a fortress. There are two options for markings, but my choice is obvious: the Memphis Belle of course. My only criticism is for the price tag. Forty dollars seems i bit too much for this kit. These molds must certainly have been paid by this time, as they  date back to 1978!












Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Aircraft walkaround vol.70: Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina



Subject: Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Location: Dreams of Flight museum, Orlando, EUA, 2013
Comments:The Consolidated PBY Catalina, also known as the Canso in Canadian service, was an American flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. Catalinas served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations. During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport. The PBY was the most numerous aircraft of its kind and the last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the 1980s. In 2014, nearly 80 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial firefighting operations all over the world. The PBY was originally designed to be a patrol bomber, an aircraft with a long operational range intended to locate and attack enemy transport ships at sea in order to disrupt enemy supply lines. With a mind to a potential conflict in the Pacific Ocean, where troops would require resupply over great distances, the U.S. Navy in the 1930s invested millions of dollars in developing long-range flying boats for this purpose. Flying boats had the advantage of not requiring runways, in effect having the entire ocean available. Several different flying boats were adopted by the Navy, but the PBY was the most widely used and produced. Although slow and ungainly, Catalinas distinguished themselves in World War II. Allied forces used them successfully in a wide variety of roles for which the aircraft was never intended. They are remembered for their rescue role, in which they saved the lives of thousands of aircrew downed over water. Catalina airmen called their aircraft the "Cat" on combat missions and "Dumbo" in air-sea rescue service. (Source: Wikipedia)