9 Best B-17 Model Kits by Brand (Revell, Airfix, etc.)

Best b-17 model kit

In this post, I’ll list the best B-17 model kits, categorized by brand. While I personally think that Revell offers the highest quality B-17 models, it’s a matter of personal preference, and you should go with the brand/kit that makes sense for YOU.

Contents:

  • Best Revell B-17 Model Kits
  • Best Hong Kong B-17 Model Kits
  • Best Academy B-17 Model Kit
  • Best Airfix B-17 Model Kit
  • Bets Lindberg B-17 Model Kit
  • Helpful Resources to Help You Choose the Best B-17 Model Kit (i.e. Specific Reddit Threads)

Best Revell B-17 Model Kits

Top Picks (1/72 Scale)


Revell of Germany B-17G Flying Fortress

Revell of Germany B-17G Flying Fortress
  • This model kit includes a cockpit, opening bomb bay, several moving parts, separate bombs, and a decal sheet 
  • 152 pieces, takes a while to build (not the ideal choice if it’s your first ever model airplane kit)


Revell of Germany B-17F Memphis Belle Plastic Model Kit

Revell of Germany B-17F Memphis Belle Plastic Model Kit

One customer said that the kit was even “almost too detailed” for him. He also advised purchasing aftermarket white metal landing gear, since the gear that comes with the kit is not very sturdy.

Top Picks (1/48 Scale)


Revell B17G Flying Fortress Aircraft Model

  • 148 parts with lots of detail 
  • Skill level: 2 
  • Great interior detail
  • It’s important to mention that this model has around a 25 inch wingspan, so be sure you have enough area to build it


Revell B-17F Memphis Belle Flying Fortress Model Kit

Revell B-17F Memphis Belle Flying Fortress Model Kit
  • While the finished product looks great, this isn’t a model kit for beginner modelers. It requires lots of time and patience, and it’s likely not something you can just sprint through in a day
  • The kit contains 2 sets of decals

Best Hong Kong B-17 Model Kits

Top Pick (1/32 Scale)


HK Models WWII Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Late Production

HK Models WWII Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Late Production
  • Authentic surface details included 
  • This 1/32 scale B-17G is a good choice if you’re looking for a very large B-17 model building kit

Top Pick (1/48 Scale)


HK Models B-17G Early Production Scale Model Kit

HK Models B-17G Early Production Scale Model Kit

Best Academy B-17 Model Kit

Top Pick (1/72 Scale)


Academy World War II B-17F Flying Fortress Memphis Belle

Academy World War II B-17F Flying Fortress Memphis Belle

Several customers mentioned that although the kit is well detailed and the parts fit together well, the instructions are extremely unclear/confusing. So this B17 model kit is only recommended for model builders with tremendous skill & experience 

Best Airfix B-17 Model Kit

Top Pick (1/72 Scale)


Airfix Boeing B-17 Fortress MK.III Model Kit

Airfix Boeing B-17 Fortress MK.III Model Kit
  • Skill level: 3
  • 265 parts
  • One customer mentioned that you can modify this kit per your preferences and make it as detailed as you want (or not).

Best Lindberg B-17 Model Kit

Top Pick (1/64 Scale)


Lindberg Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (Chrome Finish)

Lindberg Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (Chrome Finish)

The kit includes accurate, authentic decals, and a great looking chrome finish

Helpful Resources to Help You Choose the Best B-17 Model Kit

I recommend that you check out the following discussion threads on Reddit about this topic:

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