COBI 5749 – B-17F Flying Fortress „Memphis Belle“ (Speed Build Review)

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Even though the Executive Edition is a whopping 20 EUR more expensive, it looks a lot better than the basic version with the camouflage colors and the unique, large stand.

Manufacturer: COBI
Set-Number: 57492
Theme: Military
Release: 2023
Parts: 1376
Dimensions: 49,5 x 66 x 14 cm
Scale: 1:48
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 4 Hours

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As so often, we start with the wings, which are built individually. The hull is built almost without studs. The only visible studs can be found in the rear area by the machine guns. The wings can now be attached from above or below. Contrary to the instructions, I decided from below. The hinges from below connected both wings. Now they are countered from above with additional hinges. Basically, it’s quite stable, but you shouldn’t carry the plane by its wings. They detach from below and fold away upwards.

The rest is built fairly quickly. Only the rear and a few small attachments such as the guns still have to be attached. The stand takes a little longer because it is very large. The B-17 is practically placed into this construction. The two pilots also have their place on the stand as they don’t fit in the cockpit together.


Almost 100 EUR for 1376 parts is already a statement and you really have to like airplanes. The B-17G without camouflage and stand costs around 20 EUR less. In both cases, however, you get a very nice aircraft that has improved significantly compared to its predecessor and looks more like a model.

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