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B-17G recommendations in 1/48

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B-17G recommendations in 1/48
Posted by Bocks Suv on Thursday, September 2, 2021 1:56 PM

Can anyone recommend a decent B-17G kit to build? Revell and Monogram seem to have quite a few choices in 1/48, but I cant believe theyre all equally good. Are their other manufacturers? I'm looking for one that's a good fit, minimal sanding and filling, and accurate but not necc dead-on. Thx

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:25 PM

Basicly there are only two 1/48 B-17G kits out there: the 70's vintage Monogram kit, that has been reboxed under many other labels; the new tool 2019 vintage HK kit that is released strictly under their label, and costs many times more than the Revellogram kit. 


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    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:40 PM

I built the Revellogram kit a few years ago. It went together without too many issues. The only real issue is the full length seam in the fuselage.  My opinion is that it is a pretty decent kit.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:57 PM

It's a shame that this important aircraft hasn't been kitted in 1/48 scale by more manufacturers over the years.  I've seen several youtube videos on the HK kit, and while positive and most agree that it's just a scaled down version of their 1/32 B-17G, most of those builders agree that it's not that much better than the old Monogram/Revell kit, especially when you factor in the cost differences.  I know that I've got a Revell/Monogram B-17F and G in the stash and I'm not going to buy any other kits.



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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 7:50 PM

The old Revell/Monogram G model isn't all that bad.  Much better than the F model kit.  The F model kit lacks a lot of interior detail.  I had the intention to build the F model and make a "Mini Movie Memphis Belle".  But upon opening the F model kit I was disapointed.  I landed up using a lot of parts from the G model kit to make up for what the other kit was lacking. 

If you are interested in taking a peek, here is the link to my build of Mini MMB.

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    September 2005
  • From: North Pole, Alaska
Posted by richs26 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 8:21 PM

The 5 B-17's used in filming the movie were G models so the Monogram G would be a better source for a movie model.

WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

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    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 8:45 PM

Since most every airworthy 17 is a "G", that makes sense, for a movie. Hollywood license to make things work.

Keyda was building a mini Belle, and staying true to her, and it was an "F"

And she did a great job on it.


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