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1/72 Revell B-17 G
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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 03:26 AM UTC
Samantha (camogirl) reviews Revell''s new tooled 1/72 B17-G.

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warreni
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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 08:22 AM UTC
So is it really that much better than the Academy kit? Wouldn't a modern Stirling/Privateer have been better than just a rehash of a kit already modelled many times?
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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 10:08 AM UTC
Hi Sam,

Great review of a definite improvement over Revell's original B-17! Thanks for all the detailed photos.
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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 12:04 PM UTC
Wow! Thats all i can say about this kit from your excellent review. I cant get over how much of an improvement this is over the old revell 1/72 B17. I suppose I'll need to get one now.
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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 07:52 PM UTC

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So is it really that much better than the Academy kit? Wouldn't a modern Stirling/Privateer have been better than just a rehash of a kit already modelled many times?



I personally think it is especially compairing the two side by side for the detailing and its building up better than the Academy one already (Ive got one of each on the go side my side) Im really glad they have done this new release and I firmly cross my fingers for a new tooling of the 'F'

I see what you mean but manufactures have always tended to go for mainstream kits that are ok more popular aircraft that as you have said modelled many times as thats what sells. Im not saying other ones would not sell but they may not necessairly be as popular in the eyes of the manufacturer. At the end of the day its up to them what they produce I just review them

Thanks guys really enjoyed doing the review hopefully it might end up as a build review (once I get two campaign builds further on )
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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 10:49 PM UTC
Nice review Sam, i didn't buy one, but a friend got his last week, and you get the full interior not bad for £18.99, but how much will you see! and what will the scratch builders do now!,
Sam! you said you have you fingers crossed for other variants, you hope Revell may do, if this kit is anything like the Revell FW200 Condor C-4 i picked up last week, [ the same kit as the early Revell release C-5/-8, just new decals.] then Revell will be knocking loads more B17's out in the coming years, For fans of B17's that maybe a good thing, but as its been said before there are other aircraft that never get a look in!
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Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 12:08 AM UTC
Excellent review Samantha! Thanks for sharing! I hope they consider doing the B-17 F too.
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Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 03:28 AM UTC

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Wouldn't a modern Stirling/Privateer have been better than just a rehash of a kit already modelled many times?


Hey, give the girl a break! It's an excellent review of a hugely-popular airplane, one of those "must have" like the Liberator or the Lancaster.

While the Fortress has been modeled many times, you can't exactly say the kits out there are the last word in authenticity and detailing, or am I missing something?
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Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 08:55 AM UTC
Nice review Sam.

Looks like a well engineered kit, even has ways to add some of the easy to break off gun barrels late in the process.. Now I'll never be able to get rid of that old Matchbox wonder and get a great B-17G.