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80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB

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  • Member since
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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.

Enjoy.

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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Posted by Bish on Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:17 PM

 Roster

 

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

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, October 30, 2021 3:53 PM

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

 

 

 Nick.

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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.

-Andy

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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....

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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

Thanks,

John

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, October 31, 2021 4:41 AM

Bish, Sign me up with an Eduard or Airfix P-51D-5

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:42 PM

Glad to have you on board guys.

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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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:56 PM

Bian you are really exceeding expectations when it comes to group builds! I'm booked up on group builds next year but I might fit this one in. I will definitely let you know if I want to commit.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, October 31, 2021 5:10 PM

I'm thinking of building a Mustang or two in the near future, so I might join in.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Bish on Monday, November 1, 2021 3:59 PM

Look forward to having you on board Carlos.

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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Posted by Bish on Monday, November 1, 2021 4:00 PM

Mopar Madness

Bian you are really exceeding expectations when it comes to group builds! I'm booked up on group builds next year but I might fit this one in. I will definitely let you know if I want to commit.

 

I'm sure you can squeeze one in Big Smile

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, November 1, 2021 4:44 PM

Bish, you know I always make room or your GB's. In fact I bought a 1/72 Airfix B-17G when you first anounced that you wanted to do an GB to honor the mighty 8th.

So he!! yeah I'm in mate.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 7:25 AM

Glad to have you on board as always Steve, i'll wait till the weekend and uopdate the roster in one hit.

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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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:24 AM

Hell's Angels of 303rd bombardment group 358th sqd.

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 10:39 AM

Nice choice Nick.

You should check out the book

Hell's Angels: The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:06 AM

Bish, your group builds are always about such great topics. This GB might be a little too tough to resist. I don't have a subject or a plan yet but i think I am working on it. The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth is just under 300 miles north of me near Pooler, GA. There is a B-47 parked outside near the front entrance to the museum. This is their B-17 inside of the museum: https://www.mightyeighth.org/

 

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:41 AM

Steve. I just ordered it on Kindle, I remember that cover thankyou,cant wait to get started on it.

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 1:51 PM

You're welcome Nick. I recently finished it on Audiable myself. I was going to mark my G as "Thunderbird"

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 2:55 PM

crown r n7

Hell's Angels of 303rd bombardment group 358th sqd.

 

Nice choice. Based at Molseworth where the first 8th AAf mission took off from in 1942 and along with Alconbury the only WW2 8th bases in England still used by the USAF.

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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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 2:59 PM

Hope you can find somthing frank. Nice pic there. Do you kow if they are doing anything next year to mark the anniversary.

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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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 8:57 AM

Bish

Hope you can find somthing frank. Nice pic there. Do you kow if they are doing anything next year to mark the anniversary.

 

I looked over their website and there doesn't appear to be anything special scheduled for tomorrow. The museum has an ongoing series, "Target for Today" that willl be showing at 2:00 pm. "Target for Today" happens every Thursday at 2:00 pm.

I am thinking about a Thunderbolt or an F-82 for this group build.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:01 AM

Bish

Look forward to having you on board Carlos.

 

Yeah, I'll be in with a 1/48 P-51D in one of the 8th's subordinate Figher Group markings.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 2:25 PM

Sounds god guys. An F-82 would be different. I'll get you on the list.

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

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 3:17 PM

Bish,

Here's hoping I am in shape to join this GB come January.  If everything goes okay, I've got a 1/48th Monogram B-24J on hand to enter.

On the other hand, I've been waiting for the Revell 1/32nd Late Model P-51D.  It's released, but so far hasn't made it across the pond.  In case it makes it soon after this GB starts, I'll be doing it instead!

https://www.revell.de/en/products/modelmaking/planes/world-war-ii/p-51d-mustang-late-version.html

Gary

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, November 11, 2021 9:27 AM

Bish

Sounds god guys. An F-82 would be different. I'll get you on the list.

 

Well, I'm committed to this group build. I just ordered 8th Air Force F-82 decals for the Monogram kit. Fortunately I have two or three kits in the stash.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, November 11, 2021 12:03 PM

So I went rummaging through the closet looking for an F-82 kit to use for this group build. I opened the box to find a partially assembled model AND the Starfighter decals I ordered this morning. In the plastic bag is another F-82 kit I think I was going to use to build Tom Reilly's XP-82 prototype.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, November 12, 2021 7:07 PM

Well of course I'm in, a 1/48 Monogram B-24 most likely.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, November 13, 2021 2:28 PM

Roster updated guys. Glad to have you all on board.

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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Posted by scottrc on Monday, November 22, 2021 4:09 PM

Sign me up if I can ever find, and afford a B-24 to build.  It looks like only the 1/72 Hasagawa and Minicraft Js are the only ones on the market.  The D thats available is an assebmly ship, which might be interesting.  

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