Memphis Belle

Model B-17 Damaged Engine Cowling

Stock #34388

A model B-17 engine cowling 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 engine cowling piece was used as part of one of the beautifully constructed large scale versions of the B-17 aircraft used in the film, fitted as part of the aircraft’s engines. These particular aircraft were used for the close-ups during the intense aerial combat sequences, where use of real aircraft was not advisable. Made of aluminium, the cowling piece would have formed part of an assembly around the model’s engine. This particular cowling piece, finished in the traditional green and grey of the USAAF 8th Air Force, has been distressed with massive dents and black washes applied to look like the cowling has suffered significant damage in the air.

Well used on the production, the cowling has suffered some paint loss and flaking but remains in a good, albeit distressed, production-used condition.

Item size - 9.84" x 9.84" x 3.15" (25cm x 25cm x 8cm)

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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