Memphis Belle

Model B-17 Rear Fuselage Section

Stock #34284

A miniature rear section of a B-17 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 section of fuselage was used as part of one of the beautifully constructed large scale versions of the film’s B-17s, fitted underneath the tail. 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 fibreglass, the section has had the tail broken away, with the gun turret position open. The fuselage has been finished in the traditional green of the USAAF 8th Air Force, with plenty of washes applied to make the aircraft piece look worn and well-used.

Broken through use on the production, the fuselage section has suffered a fair amount damage to the rear section where the tail has broken away. However, in spite of these flaws, the piece remains in a good production-used condition considering its age and degree of use.

Item size - 12.99" x 7.87" x 7.87" (33cm x 20cm x 20cm)

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

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