Monogram 1/48th scale

B-17G Flying Fortress

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     Truly a classic! This kit is the oldest surviving model in my collection. I purchased this from a good old fashioned Model Shop sometime in the late 1980's or early 1990's. The box has been stored for so long I don't recall how the water damage occurred. Of all the kits in the collection this may also be the one that is best served by the aftermarket. Judging by the number being built and displayed on the Internet Forums it remains one of the most popular 1/48th scale model kits ever produced. No surprise that Finescale Modeller readers voted a replacement as the most desirable kit they would buy if someone made it. The many accessories available include:

 

  • Cutting Edge CEC48110 Oxygen Hose

  • Eduard colour photoetch WWII USAAF Seatbelts 49-001

  • Eduard Interior Detail set 48207 includes seatbelts, items for the cockpit, radio operator's compartment, gunner's position, bombardier's position, B-17G & F instrument panels and crew access doors. (Some items duplicate those in the Verlinden & Paragon sets.)

  • Eduard pre-painted photoetch ammo belts

  • Eduard Photoetch armament set 48209

  • Cutting Edge CEC48011 .50 calibre ammo flex chutes

  • Verlinden .50 Cal Ammo & Ammo Chutes + Gun Sights

  • Eduard Exterior Detail set 48208includes small parts to go onto the fuselage next to the ball turret, small details for the Chin & Tail Turret, Tail Gun sight, .50 cals Ammo Belts, canopy framing, exhaust details, supercharger details, Radiator Grills for wing intakes and small fuselage panels.

  • Quickboost QUB48042 B-17 Gun Barrels

  • Paragon 48-104 Bomb Bay detail for Monogram kit contains Bomb Bay doors (but Verlinden & Eduard photoetched alternatives are superior)

  • Verlinden Superdetail set includes 11 .50 calibre Browning machine guns, clear parts for cockpit & Cheyenne rear turret, framing for the cockpit windows/front gun position, superchargers, bomb bay doors, fuselage access door, undercarriage details, nose compartment interior detail.

  • FlightPath detail set provides Gun Mount details for waist guns, radio compartments and up to two guns, framing for all cockpit, rear turret, ball turret, radio compartment, nose & astrodome, Engine Ignition Harness, wheel chocks, bomb trolley fascia, undercarriage brake lines and wheel covers.

  • Squadron Vacformed Canopies SQS9553 includes Nose Cone, upper turret, radio room hatch, astrodome & Tail Turret

  • Squadron Vacformed Canopies SQS9552 for Cockpit Canopy and Ball Turret

  • Czech Master Kits CMK4133 Wright R-1820 Radial engine

  • Aeroclub ABE411 Wright Cyclone 1820 F - white metal - nowhere near as good as CMK, Aires or Quickboost equivalents!

  • Paragon Crew Doors

  • Aeromaster AN48671 Flying Fortresses Over Europe Pt1 decals

  • Aeromaster AN48672 Flying Fortresses Over Europe Pt2 decals

Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress

  • Aires AIRE4166 Wright R1820 engine

  • Quickboost B-17 Resin Engines

  • XtraParts B-17 Prop Governors

  • True Details B-17E-G resin weighted wheels Circumferential tread

  • True Details B-17E-G resin weighted wheels Diamond tread

  • True Details Resin Cockpit Detail set

  • True Details Resin Waist Gunner set

  • True Details Resin Bombardier set

  • BIG ED EDUBIG4873 B-17G includes:

    • ED48528 B-17G Flying Fortress landing flaps

    • ED48533 B-17G Flying Fortress exterior

    • ED48534 B-17G Flying Fortress engines

    • ED49025 B-17G Flying Fortress seatbelts (colour)

    • ED49337 B-17G Flying Fortress cockpit interior (colour)

    • ED49360 B-17G Flying Fortress nose interior

    • ED49361 B-17G Flying Fortress mid section

    • ED49362 B-17G Flying Fortress rear interior

    • EDEX106 B-17G Flying Fortress

      ....note that none of these are mentioned elsewhere and all appear new for 2006

  • Paragon B-17 Landing Flaps

  • Cutting Edge CEC48417 Cheyenne Tail Turret

  • Paragon Cheyenne Tail Turret

  • Eduard EDFX166 Paint Masks B-17G Canopy & Wheels

  • Paragon Wing Intake Blanks & Prop Governors

  • Eagle Strike Decals 48156 Bassingbourne B-17G's

  • Mike Grant Decals MGD48023 B-17G 'Hikin for Home'

  • Mike Grant Decals MGD48039 'Thunderbird' 359th BS/303rdBG

  • Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage (48048)

Kit Photos

Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress
A quick glance in the box shows in jam-packed with goodies and the box strengthener across the top. A feature only ever seen before on the Revell B-17F boxing. Removed the strengthener for a closer look at all those goodies. It is a good thing that Monogram made the box far bigger than necessary in order to squeeze all the extras in. Those classic Kit instructions. Just feel the excitement. Imagine just how good this looked to a model-maker in the 1970's! An overview of the Instructions. It will take a very sophisticated form of Project management in order to plan construction alongside all the aftermarket bits. Maybe tracing paper overlays would be helpful?
Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress
The Instructions are in booklet form. This is pages four and five showing interior construction steps. Pages six and seven showing gun, undercarriage and wing joining to fuselage. There is (bizarrely) no wing assembly step in pictures, only words. Pages eight and nine showing tail, engine and bomb trolley assembly. Bizarrely there are no steps for fuselage assembly!? It is just written in words.

The guide to the finished kit's painting and markings.

Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress
Some history and notes. The kit decals showing Chow Hound and El-Lobo. Not bad. The Diorama guide booklet by none other than the famous Shep Paine.

More of Shep's work.

Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress
Much like their B-29 kit Monogram mould it all in silver apart from one black sprue. It assumed that this would give a nice bit of visual variety for the kids who didn't paint their kits. The black Sprue contains all the guns, props, wheels and pilot seats. The clear parts are shown on their sprue (right). Wing and tail sprues for the left wing. Note this sprue also contains various bulkheads, tail section, undercarriage and bombs.

The same sprue from the other side.

Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-17G Flying Fortress
Another sprue similar to the last on but this showing the right wing sections plus tail, bombs, undercarriage and interior bulkheads. The same sprue from the other side. The final sprue showing the fuselage sides, cockpit interior, bomb trolley, personnel and engine parts. Detail is raised and there are pronounced rivets.

The same sprue from the other side showing the internal detail which sets this apart from the Revell B-17F which is bereft of this kind of detail.

Aftermarket Extras

Aeroclub Wright Cyclone Engine Aires Wright R-1820 Cyclone CMK Wright 1820 Cyclone Cutting Edge .50 Cal Ammo Chutes
The Aeroclub Wright Cyclone Engine in White Metal. Aeroclub were early pioneers but these old metal efforts are nothing like the quality of the modern resin equivalents from CMK & Aires. The Aires equivalent of the Wright R-1820 Cyclone engine for the B-17. Beautiful but very expensive for four! The CMK equivalent of the Aires and Aeroclub Wright 1820 Cyclone engine for the B-17. Another beautiful effort. Again - expensive if you want four. Consider Quickboost instead. Cutting Edge .50 Cal Ammo Chutes suitable for the B-17. They appear to be in white metal but are probably not as good as photoetched equivalent. They would be easier to use however.
Reference Photo's Cutting Edge Oxygen Hose Eduard Photoetch Eduard Photoetch Armament set 48209
A few reference photo's from my own collection. The Cutting Edge Oxygen Hose in flexible resin. Nice but extremely expensive for two short lengths.... The three original Eduard Photoetch sets I purchased before buying the BIG ED Set (below) include: Armament 48209, Exterior 48208 and interior 48207. The Armament set 48209 features perforated gun barrels. Quite how you bend the photoetch into this tiny barrel is anyone's guess but I will use a paperclip as a guide.
Eduard Photoetch Armament set 48209 Eduard's Exterior set 48208 for B-17F/G Eduard's Exterior set 48208 for B-17F/G Eduard's Interior set 48207
The Eduard Armament set 48209 also include a lovely set of Bomb Bay Doors. Very useful. Eduard's Exterior set 48208 for B-17F/G. Numerous small details including canopy frames. Other details include wing intake blanks, supercharger details and other small fuselage plates. Eduard's Interior set 48207 shows numerous components for the Bombardiers' position and cockpit.
Eduard's Interior set 48207 Eduard's Express Masks XF166 for B-17G FlightPath set FHP48013 FlightPath set FHP48013
The set continues with alternate Instrument Panels for F and G models. The set 49337 (see below) is in colour but has only the G model panel. A couple of Eduard's Express Masks XF166 for B-17G. The FlightPath set FHP48013 shows numerous interesting components including engine ignition harness's and canopy frames. The Instructions show canopy frames, top turret frames, nose details, gun mounts and other small details.
FlightPath set FHP48013 Paragon set 4852 B-17 Crew access doors Paragon Wing Intake blanks and Prop Governors Paragon Wing Intake blanks and Prop Governors
The second Instruction sheet shows the brass gun barrels, undercarriage details, chocks, supercharger details, ball turret fames, etc. Paragon set 4852 B-17 Crew access doors in resin. Another Paragon set supplies the Wing Intake blanks (like you really need them!?) and prop governors. Reverse of the Paragon pack with Prop Governors and Wing Intake Blanks.
Paragon set 48103 B-17 Landing Flaps Paragon set 48103 B-17 Landing Flaps Paragon set 48104 B-17 Open Bomb Bay Pro Mods set PMC1120 USAAF Aircrew Equipment
Paragon set 48103 B-17 Landing Flaps. These are in resin. The Photoetch equivalent by Eduard are shown below. Another view of those Paragon Resin Landing Flaps. Paragon set 48104 the B-17 Open Bomb Bay set includes the Bomb Bay doors but these are best discarded in favour of their Photoetch equivalents. Pro Mods set PMC1120 USAAF Aircrew Equipment.
Squadron Vac-canopy sets 9551 and 9552 True Details set 48098 Verlinden photoetch set 1267 with .50 & .30 cal ammo and ammo chutes Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G
Squadron Vac-canopy sets 9551 and 9552 supply cockpit, ball turret, nose Perspex, upper turret, radio room hatch, astrodome and tail turret for B-17G - hence the Monogram kit. True Details set 48098 wheel set with circumferential tread. Verlinden photoetch set 1267 with .50 & .30 cal ammo and ammo chutes. This includes gun sights. This was picked up cheap off EBay hence the lack of packaging. Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G and the Monogram kit. Poor old Revell! Nobody loves the B-17F.
Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G
An overall view of the Verlinden set. I am not always impressed by Verlinden... The last few sets I used have been terrible.... A bag of resin bits for the Verlinden set. The Verlinden photoetch set shows the Bomb Bay doors. The Instructions show superchargers, crew doors, tail & main undercarriage leg additions as well as canopy framing and cockpit details
Verlinden Update Set 718 for B-17G Eduard Kabuki Tape mask EX106 for B-17G Big Ed set 4873 for B-17G Big Ed set 4873 for B-17G
The rest of the Verlinden Instructions showing gun details, nose Perspex details and tail turret additions. Eduard's Kabuki Tape flexible mask EX106 for B-17G. That Big Ed set 4873 for B-17G includes all the sets listed right. This list is taken directly from the packaging. The contents actually was missing the EX 106 paint masks.
Eduard Coloured Photoetch set B-17 Seatbelts Eduard Cockpit set 49337 Eduard Cockpit set 49337 Eduard Set 48528 Landing Flaps
Included in the set is this Coloured Photoetch set for B-17 Seatbelts. The Cockpit set 49337 showing its colours. A close up of the coloured etch from this set. Set 48528 Landing Flaps are not (obviously) in colour.
Eduard Set 48528 Landing Flaps Eduard Exterior set 48533 Eduard set 48534 Eduard's set 49360
Just out of interest - the other side of the Landing Flaps set showing and interesting variation of Eduard Packaging. Exterior set 48533 is different from the set shown earlier as 48208. Eduard set 48534 - again, not in colour - shows engine cowling flaps and engine ignition harnesses. At first sight Eduard's set 49360 does not appear to be in colour but referral to Eduard's web site shows otherwise. Click here.
Eduard's set 49361 Eduard's set 49362 Rear Section True Details resin detail set for B-17G's Bombardier Section Set number 48508 True Detail resin detail set for the B-17G's Cockpit
Eduard's set 49361 is for the B-17 mid-section. It does also appear to have a colour fret if you care to open the bag. Click here for Eduard's Instructions. Eduard's set 49362 Rear Section also doesn't appear to be coloured until you look at Eduard's web site here. True Details resin detail set for the B-17G's Bombardier Section. Set number 48508. Purchased from Squadron.com in the USA because these are not sold in Europe (why?). True Detail resin detail set for the B-17G's Cockpit. The quality of the resin is not as good as other releases. It is not as crisp or smooth. In fact is quite rough and feathery.
True Detail resin detail set for the B-17G's Waist Gunner section    
True Detail resin detail set for the B-17G's Waist Gunner section. There is no reason to believe that this could not be adapted for the Revell B-17F as that has no interior detail. Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage purchased in March 2010. A dissappointing copy of the kit undercarriage with no obvious improvement other than strength.    

Decals

Eagle Strike Productions "Attention Bombers" Part 1 Eagle Strike Productions "Attention Bombers" Part 1 Eagle Strike Productions "Attention Bombers" Part 1  
Eagle Strike Productions "Attention Bombers" Part 1 includes some nice Olive Drab B-17G's. Makes a change. There are markings for two machines for the Eighth Air Force at Bassingbourne. One is "Pist'l Packin' Mama" and "Little Patches". Nice Decal sheet but not a lot of stencilling.  
SuperScale's Decal set number 48-941 SuperScale's Decal set number 48-941    
SuperScale's Decal set number 48-941 features a B-17G called "Carolina Moon" from the Eighth Air Force at Eye. "Carolina Moon" is a bare metal machine so will not be the subject of this build.    

 

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