Revell 1/48th scale

B-17F Flying Fortress

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     Another classic. This kit is probably the second oldest surviving model in my collection (the oldest being Monogram's B-17G). I purchased this from a good old fashioned Model Shop sometime in the early 1990's. The Revell B-17F in 1/48th scale has always been the poorer Cinderella to the Monogram B-17G. The aftermarket is awash with super detailing accessories for Monogram's kit but you really have to scratch around to find anything for the Revell effort. A glance at the Finescale Modeller Forums also suggest that the B-17G kit is over-whelming popular whereas few have attempted the B-17F. Why? The Monogram has much better internal detailing and the "G" marque is undoubtedly seen by many as the 'ultimate' Fortress. However, externally the Revell effort is great. The 'F' & 'G' were internally very similar so all those leftovers from your Monogram build can be put to good use here. You just need to add the internal fuselage ribbing and off you go. To date (Jan 2008) only Cutting Edge have announced Accessories solely for the B-17F although these were announced in 2006 and have yet to surface in 2008. (True Details resin wheels cover the 'F'... Whilst the Eduard Cockpit Photoetch set does include the 'F' Instrument Panel as a bonus.) Hence I list the B-17G accessories here because most of them are suitable for the 'F':

 

  • Cutting Edge CEC48110 Oxygen Hose

  • Eduard colour photoetch WWII USAAF Seatbelts 49-001

  • Eduard Interior Detail set 48207 includes seatbelts, items for the cockpit, radio operator's compartment, gunner's position, bombardier's position, B-17G & F instrument panels and crew access doors. (Some items duplicate those in the Verlinden & Paragon sets.)

  • Eduard pre-painted photoetch ammo belts

  • Eduard Photoetch armament set 48209

  • Cutting Edge CEC48011 .50 calibre ammo flex chutes

  • Verlinden .50 Cal Ammo & Ammo Chutes + Gun sights

  • Eduard Exterior Detail set 48208includes small parts to go onto the fuselage next to the ball turret, small details for the Chin & Tail Turret, Tail Gun sight, .50 cals Ammo Belts, canopy framing, exhaust details, supercharger details, Radiator Grills for wing intakes and small fuselage panels.

  • Quickboost QUB48042 B-17 Gun Barrels

  • Paragon 48-104 Bomb Bay detail for Monogram kit contains Bomb Bay doors (but Verlinden & Eduard photoetched alternatives are superior)

  • Verlinden Superdetail set includes 11 .50 calibre Browning machine guns, clear parts for cockpit & Cheyenne rear turret, framing for the cockpit windows/front gun position, superchargers, bomb bay doors, fuselage access door, undercarriage details, nose compartment interior detail.

  • FlightPath detail set provides Gun Mount details for waist guns, radio compartments and up to two guns, framing for all cockpit, rear turret, ball turret, radio compartment, nose & astrodome, Engine Ignition Harness, wheel chocks, bomb trolley fascia, undercarriage brake lines and wheel covers.

  • Squadron Vacformed Canopies SQS9553 includes Nose Cone, upper turret, radio room hatch, astrodome & Tail Turret

  • Squadron Vacformed Canopies SQS9552 for Cockpit Canopy and Ball Turret

  • Czech Master Kits CMK4133 Wright R-1820 Radial engine

  • Aeroclub ABE411 Wright Cyclone 1820 F - white metal - nowhere near as good as CMK, Aires or Quickboost equivalents!

  • Paragon Crew Doors

  • Cutting Edge CEC48319 Boeing B-17F "Single .50" Nose Perspex & guns

Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress

  • Cutting Edge CEC48470 Boeing B-17F "Twin .50" Nose Perspex & guns

  • Cutting Edge CEC48471 Boeing B-17F "Triple .50" Nose Perspex & guns

  • Cutting Edge sets CEC48447/448/451/453/4566 Nose Conversions for the Boeing/Douglas, Vega, Field & Vega Late production Model B-17F's

  • Aires AIRE4166 Wright R1820 engine

  • Quickboost B-17 Resin Engines

  • XtraParts B-17 Prop Governors

  • XtraParts B-17 Wing Intake Blanks

  • True Details B-17E-G resin weighted wheels Circumferential tread

  • True Details B-17E-G resin weighted wheels Diamond tread

  • True Details Resin Cockpit Detail set

  • True Details Resin Waist Gunner set

  • True Details Resin Bombardier set

  • BIG ED EDUBIG4873 B-17G includes:

    • ED48528 B-17G Flying Fortress landing flaps

    • ED48533 B-17G Flying Fortress exterior

    • ED48534 B-17G Flying Fortress engines

    • ED49025 B-17G Flying Fortress seatbelts (colour)

    • ED49337 B-17G Flying Fortress cockpit interior (colour)

    • ED49360 B-17G Flying Fortress nose interior

    • ED49361 B-17G Flying Fortress mid section

    • ED49362 B-17G Flying Fortress rear interior

    • EDEX106 B-17G Flying Fortress

      ....note that none of these are mentioned elsewhere and all appear new for 2006

  • Paragon B-17 Landing Flaps

  • Cutting Edge CEC48417 Cheyenne Tail Turret

  • Paragon Cheyenne Tail Turret

  • Eduard EDFX166 Paint Masks B-17G Canopy & Wheels

  • Paragon Wing Intake Blanks & Prop Governors

  • Eagle Strike Decals 48156

  • Zotz Decals ZTZ48017 B-17F Heavenly Bodies

  • Aeromaster AN48671 Flying Fortresses Over Europe Pt1 decals

  • Aeromaster AN48672 Flying Fortresses Over Europe Pt2 decals

  • Mike Grant Decals 480460 'Seattle Warbirds' B-17F 3 options

  • Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage (48048)

Kit Photos

Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress
The Revell kit instructions are in a fold-out style. This is more preferable than booklets but is a challenge to handle in a small space. The main center spread showing the assembly stages. It is clearer and better detailed than the equivalent Monogram instructions. Sprue one showing the underside of the left wing with horizontal tail, wheels and guns. The reverse side of the of the same sprue.
Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress
The clear parts sprue. The top part of the right wing with horizontal tail, tail wheel, turret items, undercarriage struts and instrument panel. Reverse side of the same sprue. Third sprue showing the underside of the right wing also showing components for bombs and other small parts.
Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress
Reverse of the third sprue. Top of the left wing with components for tail, undercarriage, cockpit and propellers. Reverse of the same fourth sprue. The fifth sprue showing the left hand fuselage side with components for bulkheads and undercarriage.
Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress Revell 1/48th scale B-17F Flying Fortress  
The flip-side showing the lack of any fuselage ribbing internally. The final sprue showing the right-hand fuselage side and engine parts. Reverse of the last sprue showing equal lack of internal framing detail.  

Aftermarket Extras

Aeroclub Wright Cyclone Engine Aires Wright R-1820 Cyclone CMK Wright 1820 Cyclone Cutting Edge .50 Cal Ammo Chutes
The Aeroclub Wright Cyclone Engine in White Metal. Aeroclub were early pioneers but these old metal efforts are nothing like the quality of the modern resin equivalents from CMK & Aires. The Aires equivalent of the Wright R-1820 Cyclone engine for the B-17. Beautiful but very expensive for four... The CMK equivalent of the Aires and Aeroclub Wright 1820 Cyclone engine for the B-17. Another beautiful effort. Again - expensive if you want four. Consider Quickboost instead. Cutting Edge .50 Cal Ammo Chutes suitable for the B-17. They appear to be in white metal but are probably not as good as photoetched equivalent. They would be easier to use however.
Reference Photo's Cutting Edge Oxygen Hose Eduard Photoetch Eduard Photoetch Armament set 48209
A few reference photo's from my own collection. The Cutting Edge Oxygen Hose in flexible resin. Nice but extremely expensive for two short lengths. The three original Eduard Photoetch sets I purchased before buying the BIG ED Set (below) include: Armament 48209, Exterior 48208 and interior 48207. The Armament set 48209 features perforated gun barrels. Quite how you bend the photoetch into this tiny barrel is anyone's guess but I will use a paperclip as a guide.
Eduard Photoetch Armament set 48209 Eduard's Exterior set 48208 for B-17F/G Eduard's Exterior set 48208 for B-17F/G Eduard's Interior set 48207
The Eduard Armament set 48209 also include a lovely set of Bomb Bay Doors. Very useful. Eduard's Exterior set 48208 for B-17F/G. Numerous small details including canopy frames. Other details include wing intake blanks, supercharger details and other small fuselage plates. Eduard's Interior set 48207 shows numerous components for the Bombardiers' position and cockpit.
Eduard's Interior set 48207 Eduard's Express Masks XF166 for B-17G FlightPath set FHP48013 FlightPath set FHP48013
The set continues with alternate Instrument Panels for F and G models. The set 49337 (see below) is in colour but has only the G model panel. A couple of Eduard's Express Masks XF166 for B-17G. The FlightPath set FHP48013 shows numerous interesting components including engine ignition harness's and canopy frames. The Instructions show canopy frames, top turret frames, nose details, gun mounts and other small details.
FlightPath set FHP48013 Paragon set 4852 B-17 Crew access doors Paragon Wing Intake blanks and Prop Governors Paragon Wing Intake blanks and Prop Governors
The second Instruction sheet shows the brass gun barrels, undercarriage details, chocks, supercharger details, ball turret fames, etc. Paragon set 4852 B-17 Crew access doors in resin. Another Paragon set supplies the Wing Intake blanks (like you really need them?) and prop governors. Reverse of the Paragon pack with Prop Governors and Wing Intake Blanks.
Paragon set 48103 B-17 Landing Flaps Paragon set 48103 B-17 Landing Flaps Paragon set 48104 B-17 Open Bomb Bay Pro Mods set PMC1120 USAAF Aircrew Equipment
Paragon set 48103 B-17 Landing Flaps. These are in resin. The Photoetch equivalent by Eduard are shown below. Another view of those Paragon Resin Landing Flaps. Paragon set 48104 the B-17 Open Bomb Bay set includes the Bomb Bay doors but these are best discarded in favour of their Photoetch equivalents. Pro Mods set PMC1120 USAAF Aircrew Equipment.
Squadron Vac-canopy sets 9551 and 9552 True Details set 48010 Verlinden photoetch set 1267 with .50 & .30 cal ammo and ammo chutes Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G
Squadron Vac-canopy sets 9551 and 9552 supply cockpit, ball turret, nose Perspex, upper turret, radio room hatch, astrodome and tail turret for B-17G - some might fit the B-17F. True Details set 48010 wheel set with diamond tread. Verlinden photoetch set 1267 with .50 & .30 cal ammo and ammo chutes. This includes gun sights. This was picked up cheap off EBay hence the lack of packaging. Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G and the Monogram kit. Poor old Revell. Nobody loves the B-17F.
Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G
An overall view of the Verlinden set. I am not always impressed by Verlinden... The last few sets I used have been terrible. A bag of resin bits for the Verlinden set. The Verlinden photoetch set shows the Bomb Bay doors. The Instructions show superchargers, crew doors, tail & main undercarriage leg additions as well as canopy framing and cockpit details
Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G Eduard Kabuki Tape mask EX106 for B-17G Big Ed set 4873 for B-17G Big Ed set 4873 for B-17G
The rest of the Verlinden Instructions showing gun details, nose Perspex details and tail turret additions. Eduard's Kabuki Tape flexible mask EX106 for B-17G. That Big Ed set 4873 for B-17G includes all the sets listed right. This list is taken directly from the packaging. The contents actually was missing the EX 106 paint masks.
Eduard Coloured Photoetch set B-17 Seatbelts Eduard Cockpit set 49337 Eduard Cockpit set 49337 Eduard Set 48528 Landing Flaps
Included in the set is this Coloured Photoetch set for B-17 Seatbelts. The Cockpit set 49337 showing its colours. A close up of the coloured etch from this set. Set 48528 Landing Flaps are not (obviously) in colour.
Eduard Set 48528 Landing Flaps Eduard Exterior set 48533 Eduard set 48534 Eduard's set 49360
Just out of interest - the other side of the Landing Flaps set showing and interesting variation of Eduard Packaging. Exterior set 48533 is different from the set shown earlier as 48208. Eduard set 48534 - again, not in colour - shows engine cowling flaps and engine ignition harnesses. At first sight Eduard's set 49360 does not appear to be in colour but referral to Eduard's web site shows otherwise. Click here.
Eduard's set 49361 Eduard's set 49362 Rear Section True Details resin detail set for B-17G's Bombardier Section Set number 48508 True Detail resin detail set for the B-17G's Cockpit
Eduard's set 49361 is for the B-17 mid-section. It does also appear to have a colour fret if you care to open the bag. Click here for Eduard's Instructions. Eduard's set 49362 Rear Section also doesn't appear to be coloured until you look at Eduard's web site here. True Details resin detail set for the B-17G's Bombardier Section. Set number 48508. Purchased from Squadron.com in the USA because these are not sold in Europe (why?). True Detail resin detail set for the B-17G's Cockpit. The quality of the resin is not as good as other releases. It is not as crisp or smooth. In fact it is quite rough and feathery.
True Detail resin detail set for the B-17G's Waist Gunner section    
True Detail resin detail set for the B-17G's Waist Gunner section. There is no reason to believe that this could not be adapted for the Revell B-17F as that has no interior detail. Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage purchased in March 2010. A dissappointing copy of the kit undercarriage with no obvious improvement other than strength.    

Decals

SuperScale's Decal set number 48-941 SuperScale's Decal set number 48-941 Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set
SuperScale Decal set 48-941 includes B-17F "Wabash Cannon Ball" from 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourne. A shot of the decal sheet showing good crisp colours. Nice sheet but nothing like the Zotz...... Part of the incredible Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set. What can you say about this? Remarkable. The ultimate B-17F decals. No comparison. First of many highly detailed colour sheets showing decal placement for the "Memphis Belle" Note the list of references: no less than 30...
Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set
The second Aircraft on offer is "Hell's Angels" B-17F-25-BO 41-24577 of the 303rd Bomb Group, Molesworth. This ship was the first 8th AF B-17 to make 25 missions NOT Memphis Belle... Black Jack/The Joker's Wild B-17F-20-BO 41-24521 of the 43rd Bomb Group based in the Far East. Fort Alamo II B-17F-65-BO 42-29696 of the 483rd Bomb Group based out of Tortorella, Italy. She flew 114 missions.

Two different ships: "Honi Kuu Okole" B-17 E 41-9244 of the 43rd Bomb Group in Hawaii. "The Red Gremlin" B-17F-10-BO 41-24444 of the 97th Bomb Group.

Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set
"Panama Hattie" B-17F-1-BO 41-24381 located at of Clark Field in the Philippines after a spell with the 43rd Bomb Group. "The Shamrock Special" B-17F-60-BO 42-29591 of the 91st BG at Bassingbourne has an interesting twin-green scheme because the rear fuselage was once replaced. Another 'colourful' scheme is "Knockout Dropper" B-17F-27-BO 41-24605. The reference here is based on good clear photo's of the real aircraft. "The Mustang" B-17F 25-BQ 4124554 of the 43rd Bomb Group then the 63rd Bomb Group before settling Stateside with the 398th Bomb Group.
Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set
"Two Beauts" B-17F-60-BO 42 29573 of the 303rd Bomb Group based out of Molesworth was destroyed on her 4th mission. "Superman B-17F-1-BO 41-24380 of the 97th Bomb Group in Algeria completed 40 missions. "Snoozin' Suzan" B-17F-10-DL 42-2981 also from Algeria with 40 missions. "War Bride"/"Old Faithful" of the 303rd Bomb Group also of Molesworth lost to fighters on the 11th January 1944 over Oschersleben. Nine crew were taken POW and one KIA. Paint Chips and stencil placement for B-17F's. There are far more stencils here than on the SuperScale set. Even the prop-blades get attention. If that isn't enough they list the colour of the formation lights.
Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set
OK - excited enough yet? If the colour references were good wait until you see the actual decals... (Oh yeah, they have those too?) The decals are great but are printed by Microscale. Yes - this is sheet three.... Yup - sheet four....
Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set Zotz B-17F at War "Heavenly Bodies" decal set
Sheet five... Sheet six and seven just for the nose art. Decal sheet eight - it has a few gaps because I donated the Memphis Belle item to a neighbour.

Everyone makes mistakes - I have no idea what is wrong with the originals but here are the replacements.

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