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 was in-flight. Made of poured plastic, the wheel has been cut in half to appear as though it’s risen into its compartment within the wing, with the curved line of the wheel retained for shots showing the underside of the aircraft. 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 and some of the fixings to fit the wheel to the interior of the aircraft remain intact. In spite of this wear, however, the wheel remains in an overall good production-used condition with minimal additional wear from time spent in storage.
Item size - 9.45" x 3.54" x 4.72" (24cm x 9cm x 12cm)
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.