Memphis Belle

Model B-17 Rubber Wheel

Stock #34278

A rubber wheel used on one of the B-17 models 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 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. A functional wheel, the tyre is made of rubber with a metal rim. A mount made of resin and metal, finished in metallic paint and distressed to look well-used, is fitted to allow it to be attached to the aircraft and allow the wheel to spin freely.

Well used on the production, a piece of the mount has been broken through production use, but in spite of this flaw the wheel remains in an overall good production-used condition with minimal additional wear from use and time spent in storage.

Item size - 9.84" x 9.84" x 3.54" (25cm x 25cm x 9cm)

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

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