Make / Model: Academy Boeing B-17F “Memphis Belle” 1/72 Model Kit
Very Good. Like most Academy kits, the effort in the build is put into what you see.
Ease of Assembly
Relatively easy. Decals a bit of a pain.
So I built this kit recently. This is my second kit by Academy, and here is what i’ve found. Academy kits tend to focus on what you see, rather than all detail. Also, decals are a bit of a pain to put on: Slow to release, and easy to rip, the opposite of my experience with the Revell Stearman.
This kit was very fun. First up, the cockpit.
..nice little detail, and quick into the full fuselage…
…in keeping with my ‘no weapons’ idea, I built none of the bombs. I just don’t want to be surrounded by weapons. And having a kid, it makes the importance of such a thing stand out more. My daughter should be able to appreciate the beauty of these planes without the weaponry…
…when I got to the engines, I was really blown away by the detail here. They were molded so cleanly, and so well. Just dabbing on paint added so much nice detail. This really made me appreciate the kit…
All in all, a fun build. I built this in just a couple days. I really appreciate the quality of the Academy models. But, the sprue’s were a little difficult to cut from, and like I mentioned, the Academy decals are a little difficult to work with. Overall though, very Fun little project.