Friday, August 23

Zotz drop bombs with their new B-17 decals in 32nd and 72nd..

The B-17 – a preeetty popular aircraft for aviation and WWII modellers you might agree for a decal sheet – no matter how many there are in the market already there really aren’t that sheets out so far in 32nd scale on the market. To celebrate the release of HK Models large scale B-17, Zotz has just released a sheet with five different fortresses on it – and you guys that model in 72nd are not left out either – as there is the same sheet for you in your scale as well. We have the preview and some of the shots from the original aircraft to compare them to as well…

Zotz 32059/72037
1/32 - $30
1/72nd -$18

Zotz present two sets of decals not produced for the 32nd scale market before – with five different colourful NMF Flying fortresses, some sassy nose art on each of them and very well researched material through Aleksa Vasa, Jeremy Kladke & Eric Swain how could you go wrong?
The aircraft in question and the cover arts for each:
B-17G-75-BO, 43-38036, 401 BS/91 BG(H), 1944, 'Hey Daddy'
B-17G-65-BO, 43-37544, 710 BS/447 BG(H), 1945, 'D-Day Doll'
B-17G-95-BO, 43-38728, 851 BS/490 BG(H), 1945, '£5 with Breakfast'
B-17G-90-BO, 43-38642, 323 BS/91 BG(H), 1945, 'Super Mouse'
B-17G-50-BO, 42-102859, 342 BS/97 BG(H), 1944, 'Baby'

B-17G-75-BO, 43-38036, 401 BS/91 BG(H), 1944, 'Hey Daddy'
Hey Daddy flew with the 401st BS, 91st BG, based at Bassingbourn (Station 121) Cambridgeshire, from late July 1944 to survive and return to the US a year later.
Shown here is the tail section of B-17G fortress (338036/'LL:H') 'Hey Daddy' as she heads for home after a mission. Smoke marker target indicators dropped by the next attacking formation can be seen in the distance.
The nose artist Troy Starcer did the artwork on this plane "Hey Daddy” which flew with the 91’st BG in mid July 1944.

 In February 1945  Hey Daddy as withdrawn from combat and refitted with radio counter measure equipment called "carpet jammers" to mask the bomber formations from German ground radar. The aircraft may have been loaned to other units in the closing weeks of war but returned to regular combat flying in April when it was re-assigned to 322nd Bomb Squadron. Surviving the war, it returned to the USA in June 1945 to be scrapped.

B-17G-65-BO, 43-37544, 710 BS/447 BG(H), 1945, 'D-Day Doll'
a colourful example of nose art in the 447th BG, 'D-Day Doll' flew her very first combat mission on June 7, 1944 – the day after D-Day.
Photo taken after a gear collapse, probably in July or August, 1944. Inspecting damage is Sgt. Richard Weaver, Reece crew, 710th Sqdn.
Her she is an inglorious end - "D-Day Doll" in Kingman Az. ready to be scrapped.

B-17G-95-BO, 43-38728, 851 BS/490 BG(H), 1945, '£5 with Breakfast'
From the  490th Bomb Group '£5 with Breakfast' referred rather cheekily to the various ladies in the West End of London – often called “Piccadilly Commando’s” whom reportedly sold their services for the £5 in the aircraft’s name – but with breakfast as well! Who knows if this is true – it better have been a good breakfast!
This nose art, painted by Sgt Jay Cowan one escaped the censors when other nose art designs, far less explicit, were given the order to "clean up or clean off" remains a mystery. By the time this B17G landed in England in mid-October 1944, much of the more explicit nose art seen in early months of the war had been hurriedly amended, usually with hastily painted underwear or a large "censored" splashed across offending areas.
Another survivor of the air war of Germany, this B17 headed back to the USA on 9th July 1945 and ultimate scrapping at RFC Kingman.

B-17G-95 BO 43-38728 $5 with BREAKFAST returned to the US in July 1945 and was issued to the 4168th BU at South Plains, before being sold for scrap in November of that same year.

B-17G-90-BO, 43-38642, 323 BS/91 BG(H), 1945, 'Super Mouse'
1st Lt. Dave Hettema was the pilot of “Super Mouse and also the artist who drew the nose art for this – one of the best known B-17’s in the war.

Here was his concept art for the nose art
And the real thing – shown here in a group photo of the crew taken while posing in front of ‘Supermouse’, of the original crew, there was no one killed or wounded.”

B-17G-50-BO, 42-102859, 342 BS/97 BG(H), 1944, 'Baby'
The nose art of “Baby” was inspired by the pin up art of the respected artist Alberto Vargas. While this was a slightly darker haired lady you can see where the inspiration certainly came from!
This aircraft has the black “Y” on the white triangles on the tail  as shown here

You can get Zotz’s decals and figures directly from Eli himself or through his distributors worldwide: