1/72 Academy B-17F Flying Fortress

Gallery Article by Lee Burns on Nov 5 2010


The kit is built almost out-of-the-box with exception of an Eduard cockpit detailing set but because of the thick transparent plastic parts you cannot see much.  In hindsight I should have tried to source vac formed clear parts.

Click on images below to see larger images



The build requires a little filler around the fuselage halves and care is required not to sand off the detail, I had to scribe some of the recessed panel lines back with a craft knife using some flexible metal strips as a guide.

I used Tamiya acrylics for the overall colours and pastels to weather.  I also used Alcad aluminium for the chips revealing bare metal surfaces.  Panel lines were first sprayed with Tamiya smoke and then a little light grey pastel rubbed in once dry to pick out the detail.  Overall it's a nice kit to build and comes recommended.

Lee Burns

Photos and text by Lee Burns