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 wheel was used as part of one of the beautifully constructed large scale versions of the B-17 aircraft used in the film. These particular aircraft were used for the close-ups and during the intense aerial combat sequences, where use of real aircraft was not advisable, with this particular wheel used on an aircraft that would have been static on the ground. Made of poured plastic and foam, the wheel has a hole drilled to allow fitting to the aircraft and has a small section ground flat so the aircraft will remain static rather than rolling forward. The wheel is finished in metallic silver and black paint.
Well used on the production, some of the paint work has been scratched through use on set, but in spite of this flaw the wheel remains in an overall very good production-used condition with minimal additional wear from time spent in storage.
Item size - 9.84" x 9.06" x 3.54" (25cm x 23cm x 9cm)
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.