Thursday, September 8, 2016

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

Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"
Revell from Geermany
US$40,00 plus shipping
Injected plastic model with  waterslide decals.
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!

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