Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle

This is the 1/48 scale B-17F "Memphis Belle" plastic kit by Revell Skill level 5. For ages 13 years and up

Revell-Germany Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #04297
 Revell of Germany # rvl04297
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Specifications :
  • Length: 19.45" (494 mm)
  • Wingspan: 25.83" (656 mm)
  • Revell-Germany Product Number: 04297
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"A Classic and an All-Around Sweetheart"
You've just got to love the principle of scaling up a highly successful smaller model into a bigger scale, as Revell did with the F-89, the 'Belle here, and probably some others. I can find troublesome challenges easily enough in the hobby, but there weren't any in the 1/48 'Belle. I've built it twice, both for other people. (My resident Fortress is a Monogram G converted to a PB1W.) For its size, this is a fast and easy project, and the results were delightful both times. You can approach this project with serene confidence, and allow for the fact that some people will always complain about nothing.

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Structural details on surface Cockpit with instrument panel Bombsight and seat Rotating MG turret Movable MG ball turret under the fuselage MGs mounted in side windows Detailed main undercarriage Movable propeller (2) bombs on external pylons Waterslide decals with markings for the Memphis Belle and another USAF version Illustrated instructions with paint/marking guide included.


  • Length: 19.45" (494 mm)
  • Wingspan: 25.83" (656 mm)
  • Revell-Germany Product Number: 04297


(1) 1/48 scale B-17F "Memphis Belle"

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"Famous aircraft"
nscrfns (Killeen, TX)
Big model, you'll need lots of paint. Parts fit is just OK, not great. Old molds with about average flash for a Revell kit. Very little interior detail. Strongly suggest PE sets to improve detail. Light trimming and/or sand needed around windows. Overall shape and dimensions are good. With a little extra care it can be made into a very nice aircraft. No provision for retracted gear although it can be done with a little extra work. Check references. Recommend watch crystal glue for machine guns in the nose to secure them to clear nose. Looks awesome hanging from the ceiling. Reasonably priced and good bang for the buck. Would love for Revell to make new molds and add detail to this famous aircraft.

"History in the Making"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
I have built over 300 aircraft kits beginning in the early days of the industry and this kit is no different than any of the earlier kits. It is an early release and has been available for years. The overall quality of the styrene is poor by today's standard and even using the Hobbylinc brand of CA (Superglue) I ran into adhesion issues and had to clamp parts together while waiting time to finish was lengthy. I noted that each major part had to be dry fit tested as the alignment pins and holes were often misaligned. My way of solving this problem was to assemble major parts into sub assemblies, i.e. engine nacelles and main wings. I went to great lengths to open the bomb bay by using a sharp X-acto type hobby knife and carefully followed the pre-scribed lines to remove each door section to be replaced by spare doors from my extra parts bin. I also used reference photos to scratch build the actual bomb rack and assembled it from more parts and bombs from the spare parts bin. As far as accuracy for the overall interior there is little room for detailing so one must use reference photos to complete any of the interior detail. The kit represents a very popular and historically sought after World War Two aircraft so to be fair the kit has to remain at a Good rating as the value cannot be argued with and one must be very forgiving of the quality of the kit. I highly recommend the kit in that light of historic value and caution those who do not care for a fit issue. An experienced modeler such as myself might well find it to be a challenge in that I chose to break through the barriers of a sealed up fuselage and create a more detailed effect with the bomb bay. Have a great time with the positive side of this kit.

"A real good kit but not perfect"
Shane S. (Dallas, Tx)
This is a real good kit of a really famous aircraft. My advise is that before you paint a piece, TEST FIT IT!!!. Especially the windows and the wings. The windows/openings required a tiny bit of trimming before they'd fit flush. And the way the wings mount, while making it easy to install with a very solid joint, care should be taken and pre-fit. Id advise installing them before painting as putty will certainly be needed if you're going for a seamless look. I built this kit quite a few years ago and she's still hanging from my ceiling.


Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please keep away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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