by: Sam Berry [ ]
This is Revell's new tooled B-17G. I picked mine up from Telford the second weekend in November and it had only just arrived with the Vendors I bought mine from.
On opening the box I was slightly sceptical about the kit as I have been disappointed with Revell kits in the past for many reasons. That was until I started looking at the sprues. All the sprues are a silvery grey plastic that has been very well cast. I anticipated injector pin marks in the worst possible places but on close inspection they are in less obvious places which means no micro chisel and filling. The detailing on all the cast parts are clean and crisp and the out of the box detailing on this kit will be good. There is still as always scope to really go to town on detailing for those who enjoy super detailing. Even the moulded seat harnesses on the seats do not look too bad. From looking at the kit it should go together with minimal fit issues if any. I think the only problem could be not aligning the interior correctly into the fuselage which could cause the two halves not to fully meet up and creating some filling and sanding work. The interesting thing with this new tooling is that the way the chin turret and side windows are done and added to the model the scope appears to be there to create other variants of the B-17 (I have my fingers firmly crossed this is something Revell may do in the future)
instructions and decals
The instructions are clear concise and easy to follow however be warned the decal and paint guide for the interior bulkheads is listed as step 94 and on the very back page after the paint guide for the two different aircraft options
Revell have provided two decal options for this kit the choices are ‘Nine’o’Nine’ or ‘Little Miss Mischief’ the decals are in good register and good quality. Both aircraft were based at Bassingbourn in the UK early 1945. Also there are lots of stencil decals to keep you busy.