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80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB

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  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, October 30, 2021 11:51 PM

In with 1/48 Tamiya P-51B - Gentile's mount.

Paint bleeding allowed Stick out tongue



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    November 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Saturday, October 30, 2021 8:27 PM

I am DEFINITELY in for this one!  ihave an Academy "Memphis Belle" in 1/72 that has been calling my name as of late!


**may not come out on the other end as the 'belle, though....

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...


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    September 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Saturday, October 30, 2021 7:16 PM

I'm in bish. I'm thinking it will be the 1-48 monogram b-17 but will let you know for sure when it gets closer.


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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, October 30, 2021 3:53 PM

I'm in with a 1/72 Hasegawa B-17F




  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:17 PM



Armor_Aficionado ICM 1/48th P-51D

Bish Hasegawa 1/72nd B-24H

       Academy 1/72nd P-47D

cbaltrin Airfix 1/48 P-51D-5

crown r n7 Hasegawa 1/72nd B-17F

fearlessfarless  Eduard 1/48th Spitefire Mk.V

                          Eduard 1/48thP-51D (completed)

fotofrank Monogram 1/72nd F-82

GAF Revell 1/32nd P-51D

JBRaider Academy 1/72nd P-51B

jeaton ProModeler 1/48th B-24D

Justinryan Academy 1/72nd B-17F

keavdog Tamiya 1/48th P-51B

Modelcrazy Airfix 1/72nd B-17G

Plasticjunkie Revell 1/32nd P-51D

rooster513 Monogram 1/48th B-17 (possably)

scottrc 1/72nd B-24

Stikpusher 1/48th P-51D

taxtp Hasegawa 1/72nd P-47D

tempestjohnny Revell 1/72nd P-47D

                         Revell 1/72nd P-47M

TheMongoose Dragon 1/32nd P-51K


Completed builds

fearlessfairless  Eduard 1/48thP-51D


I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so


On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB
Posted by Bish on Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:17 PM

The VIII Bomber Command was established in Jan 1942 and by the following month an advanced detachment had arrived in England to begin preparing for the arrival of combat units. The first misson over Europe took place in July with attacks in German airfields in the Netherlands.

In early 1944 there was a re-organisation of US Air Forces in Europe and VIII Bomber Command was re-designated 8th Air Force, with the VIII fighter and VIII Air Support Commands also coming under its control.

My first GB on this forum, in 2010, was dedicated to the 8th AAF in Europe in WW2. Now, to mark the 80th Anniversary, this GB will be open to builds on the 8th thrpoughout its history to the current day. The 8th has been in continuous service since its creation, elements served in Korea, Vietnam and in both campaigns against Iraq and Afghanistan. In WW2 its B-17's and B-24's helped to destroy German war production, and today, under the Air Force Global Strike command, it operated the USAF's B-1's, B-2's and B-52's. In between, it has operated a wide range of types, fighters, bombers, tankers and ICBM's.

So, this GB is dedicated to the 80 years of the Mighty 8th and is open to any subject belonging to the 8th Air Force. It can be an aircraft, bust, missile or even a ground vehicle that can be linked to the 8th.

The general rules are:

GB runs from 1st Jan 2022 until the 31st Dec 22.

Any subject in any scale, witrh or without AM, of any subject belonging or serving with the 8th.

Plenty of photo's, of course.

Cross overs allowed.

Partly started allowed, within reason.


I have done 3 badges, please choose one and host with pride. For the first 2 i picked subjects based in Norfolk, as some may know i have an on going project to build subjects from all 37 military airfields in Norfolk, and the 8th AAF airfields are to found all over the county as well as the rest of East Anglia.

A B-24 from the 491st BG.

Next, P-51's of the 452nd FG based at Bodney. I especially like this one as the B-17's in the background are from the 447th BG based at Rattlesdon. Part of the runway and the old contol tower is still in use today by a glider club and its only a mile from my home.

And somthing a bit more up to date.

So, sign yourself up letting me know subject, scale and manufacturer and i'll get you on the roster and look forward to some very heavy metal.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so


On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3


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