Post by Steve Nelson on Jan 9, 2011 4:40:23 GMT -5
This is one of my all time favorites, from the Revell 1/72 B-17. I remember first seeing the kit at my hometown's local supermarket when I was a kd in the early 70s. Back then, even in town's as small as mine (pop. 500 or so) the local supermarket and hardware store had plastic model sections. I was captivated by Jack Leynnwood's painting, and built at least a couple as a kid.
In recent years I had been thinking about picking the kit up just for the box art, and last summer I got the perfect excuse. Our local club had a "golden oldie" challenge, where we had to build an pre-1985 kit from America or Europe (no Hasegawa or Tamiya "wunderkits" allowed.) I found an original 1962 Revell "Memphis Belle" on Ebay. It probably retailed for less than two dollars when new, and I paid 28 (including shipping.) The interesting thing is, the current incarnation of same kit (in a different box with different markings) is on the shelf at the local hobby shop for only a dollar less than I paid for the vintage edition!
the kit really is a clunker by today's standards, covered with rivets and loaded with toy-like working features, so I built it as a "slam" build: no modifications or additions, and mostly painted with a brush. I even used the original 48-year-old decals (even though the colors are inaccurate and the nose art is about twice as big as it should be.) I managed to get it mostly done in time for last week's meeting, and won the challenge. I still need to add the pitot tubes and a couple of antennas, and do some touch-ups, then I'll post some pics in a separate thread.
Alex Reynoso: I am looking for a Naval Museum that might display some of my father's WWII Navy items. I have a scaled model of a PBM-3 that he was a crew member of I believe crew #3. Thanks. email@example.com
Aug 23, 2017 16:50:27 GMT -5
Jim Broshot: Since nobody has responded in the last month and a half. The only Naval Museums I have ever been to are in Oregon: Tillamook Air Museum (housed in an old blimp hanger, used to be a Naval Air Museum but seems to have gotten away from that specialty. http:/
Oct 7, 2017 22:38:53 GMT -5
Jim Broshot: And its not a Naval Museum but an Aviation Museum and I have seen models displayed in its exhibits, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in Mcminnville www.evergreenmuseum.org/
Oct 7, 2017 22:42:22 GMT -5
dcamp: Probably a dumb answer, but Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL?
Jan 9, 2018 12:24:30 GMT -5
michael16: Looking to contact Tom Farrell, son of WWII B-26 pilot of "Flak Bait" Lt. Jim "Boss" Farrell. I have an interesting story to share about my flight on GE corporate jet with then Capt. Jim Farrell. Please help me make contact with Tom Farrell
Sept 20, 2018 12:57:56 GMT -5
Kersh: Tillman's book "The Forgotten Fifteenth" has an account of this attack that may be of interest.
Apr 8, 2020 11:59:04 GMT -5
rupertpika151: My great uncle was on the Little Jo T-square 4 tail code #42-24611, engine 3 caught fire. The crew ditched the plane. 6 were recovered, 4 went MIA (including my great uncle), and one was captured and executed. I have the crew report.
May 11, 2020 12:42:24 GMT -5
rupertpika151: If anyone has any information or update links that would be greatly appreciated. We are hoping to have him, Joseph A. Esola recognized at Arlington in the summer/fall. Also the links on the original thread were not working, if anyone has current links?
May 11, 2020 12:43:59 GMT -5
rupertpika151: If anyone would like a copy of the report let me know. 28 pages.
May 11, 2020 12:44:41 GMT -5