A miniature flak-hit aircraft used in the production of the Second World War movie Memphis Belle.
The film tells the story of the 25th flight of a B-17 bomber and her war-weary crew. She is the first plane to have survived long enough over war torn Europe to potentially achieve this feat and, as such, she garners much interest from the American Air force hierarchy.
The remarkable and acclaimed movie, loosely based on actual events, starred Matthew Modine, Sean Astin, Harry Connick JR, Billy Zane, Eric Stoltz, D.B. Sweeney and John Lithgow. A number of real B-17’s were located for filming with some of them being airworthy. With so few real planes available and with such dramatic action required, a number of model miniatures, of differing scales, were required for filming.
This aircraft was used for the massive group shots where the various bomber squadrons join formation as part of their Bomb Group and are seen passing high over their target in Nazi-occupied Europe. Made of fibreglass and finished in the traditional green and grey of the USAAF 8th Air Force, the bomber features various markings including the squadron and ID markings SF-H along the side, the USAAF star and the tail registration 12448.
Windows have been painted on the various turrets across the bomber, which include waist guns, a top turret above the cockpit and ball turret beneath the fuselage, all of which have plastic machine gun barrels coming from the turret positions. Clear acrylic has been used to give the appearance of fast-spinning propellers on the aircraft’s engines. Made to replicate the look of the production-used aircraft, which were modified B-17Gs, the nose features the prominent dome, while the machine gun turret is not present.
Well used on the production, the model features some damage to the nose which was purposely applied by the model makers to make the aircraft appear as though it has been hit by flak, as well as some minor cracks as a result of production damage to the wings and fuselage. In spite of these minor flaws, however, the model remains in a good production-used condition and comes displayed on a bespoke light-up display featuring the film’s logo, allowing the aircraft to be displayed in an array of positions. Mounted on the display, the aircraft measures 135cm x 100cm x 70cm (53.25" x 39.5" x 27.5").
Materials: Fibreglass, Ferrous Metals, Plastic, Wood.
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