B17F Memphis Belle Aircraft

This is the Academy Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" 1/72 scale plastic model airplane kit.

Academy B17F Memphis Belle Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #12495
 Academy Plastics # acy12495
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Approx. Length: 12" (30.5cm)
  • Approx. Wingspan: 17-1/8" (43.4cm)
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"Beautiful Belle"
cclem8441 (Savannah, Ga)
I have built this kit 3 times in my life. It always reminds me of time with my father, this was the first skill level 2 model I ever built, it was crushed by the family cat 8 months later. Its a great easy built. Great detail, easy to follow instruction and very descriptive, that should make this fun for anyone at the beginner level. Everything matches up beautifully and falls right together.

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  • Fully engraved panel lines and rivet details..
  • All pieces are molded in a gray plastic..
  • Highly detailed cockpit interior..
  • Highly detailed bomb bay..
  • Optional position landing gear and bomb bay door..
  • Nose armament with clear canopy..
  • Manually operated ball-turret in the belly..
  • 4 paddle-bladed propellers..
  • Tail gunner and waist gunner compartments..
  • Authentic decal markings for: Memphis Belle, 324th BS/91st BG/8th AF June 1943 and Miss Ouachita, 322nd BS/91st BG/8th AF, Feb. 1944..
  • Detailed pictorial assembly instructions..


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Approx. Length: 12" (30.5cm)
  • Approx. Wingspan: 17-1/8" (43.4cm)


One 1/72 Plastic B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle"

Requirements & Suggestions

  • Assembly
  • Cement
  • Paint (see MARKING OPTIONS)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Modeling Knife
  • Hobby File
  • Tweezers
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"Ahh, the legendary Memphis Belle"
Superb interior details. Nice construction and fit; fully engraved panel lines and rivets; you can manually operate the ball-turret; great features; maybe one of the best B-17 in the market today. I haven't built mine yet -saving the best for last :) The kit doesn't include pilot figures but if you're interested, they're available from another brand - a crew set of 10 figures (pilots, engineers and gunners) designed for B-17 1/72 models. I wish Hobbylinc would carry the product. I watched/read the Memphis Belle story and fell in love with this piece of WW2 machine.

"very nice kit, good detail"
This kit has very nice detail and is a wonderful platform for using after market decals.

"extremely poor quality don't waste time"
This was a horrible replica of a classic aircraft. I should have known better to buy a academy product. The fit was a nightmare it was like a 5th grade science project of future engineers. I had to practically rebuild from scratch parts from other planes to make it look like a drunk put it together.I will buy this classic craft from a great model company like Tamiya. Right now this craft sits in my darkest corner of displays. Don't waste your time and $ on this one.Go with Tamiya or at least Revell.


The B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" was the most famous bomber, because she was the first heavy bomber in Hitler's European war theater to complete 25 combat missions and keep her entire crew alive. The Memphis Belle was named for pilot Capt. Robert K. Morgan's wartime sweetheart, Ms. Margaret Polk. The preserved Memphis Belle remains on display at Mud Island in Memphis, Tennessee.


  • One Waterslide Decal Sheet for Two Aircraft
  • -U.S. Nationality Symbol.
  • 1: DF A, 124485, Irene, Virginia, Mom.
  • 2: OR, A (within a white triangle) Q, 23040, Miss Ouachita logo.
  • Airframe Color(s)
  • -Olive Drab, Neutral Gray.
  • 1: Medium Green.
  • Detail Color(s): -Chromate Green, Tan, Black, Yellow, Khaki, Gunmetal, Steel, Flat Black.

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