Revell’s 1/48 B-17F/G Flying Fortress “Mini Movie Memphis Belle”
I’m a volunteer at National Warplane Museum in Geneseo NY. I have the opportunity to work on some the aircraft there. I took a flight on their flagship aircraft in the summer of 2018. A 1943 Douglas C-47 Skytrain named Whiskey 7. A true D-Day surviving aircraft that dropped paratroopers over Normandy on June 6, 1944. That flight started my obsession. I became a volunteer there the following year, and have worked on, and flown in Whiskey 7 several more times, and once in the B-17 The Movie Memphis Belle while it was under the care of the museum. A goal of mine was to build a replica of each plane and have them in a display in my living room. I landed up donating the first Mini Whiskey 7 I built to the museum. So I set built another this year, and finally tackled making Mini MMB. I used a combination of the old Monogram G model, boxed as a Revell, and the Revell F kit. The F kit had barely any interior detail to speak of. Nothing past the cockpit, and completely smooth fuse sides. So I added ribbing, and used the interior pieces from the G kit, and scratch made floors past the ball turret, and seats. Then hid all the detail upon closing up the fuse, lol. Paints used were mostly Model Master enamels. It was a custom mix to try and match MMB’s faded weathered paint. I used some of the Big Ed PE set. Decals used were a combination of the kit decals from the F kit, and a set from Kits world with the proper “Memphis Belle” in script type font. Other scratch built items are the pitot tube covers, wheel chocks, and ladders. Thanks for looking!
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