A set of original miniature aircraft pieces used in the production of the Second World War movie Memphis Belle.
The film tells the story of the 25th flight of a B-17 bomber and her war-weary crew. She is the first plane to have survived long enough over war torn Europe to potentially achieve this feat and, as such, she garners much interest from the American Air force hierarchy.
The remarkable and acclaimed movie, loosely based on actual events, starred Matthew Modine, Sean Astin, Harry Connick JR, Billy Zane, Eric Stoltz, D.B. Sweeney and John Lithgow. A number of real B-17’s were located for filming with some of them being airworthy. With so few real planes available and with such dramatic action required, a number of model miniatures, of differing scales, were required for filming.
This aircraft was used for the massive group shots where the various bomber squadrons join formation as part of their Bomb Group and are seen passing high over Nazi-occupied Europe. Based on a plastic model kit and finished in the traditional green and grey of the USAAF 8th Air Force, the bomber has had washes applied to make it look dirty through its trans-continental flight, with the squadron and ID markings of the Memphis Belle - DF-A - along the side as well as the USAAF star. Cuts in the front and rear of the aircraft would have allowed for the fitting of wire to allow the aircraft to be suspended for use in filming.
Damaged through use on the production, the remaining sections of the model are in three pieces – the right fuselage and wings, the left front fuselage and the left wing. The pieces, besides their being damaged through use, remain in an overall fair production-used condition, with the largest piece measuring (12.25in x 9in x 1.5in).
All our props come with a Studio Props Certificate of Authenticity and have been authenticated by a well renound collector of props for many years.