Best B-17 flying fortress model airplane kit


Best B-17 flying fortress model airplane kit

 

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress

The Flying Fortress B-17 was a legendary strategic bomber. She began operations in World War II with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1941, and in the Southwest Pacific with the U.S. Army. The 19th Bombardment Group had deployed to Clark Field in the Philippines a few weeks before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as the first of a planned heavy bomber buildup in the Pacific. Half of the group’s B-17s were wiped out on 8 December 1941 when they were caught on the ground during refueling and rearming for a planned attack on Japanese airfields on Formosa.In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft.In 1946, surplus B-17s were chosen as drone aircraft for atmospheric sampling during the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, being able to fly close to or even through the mushroom clouds without endangering a crew.

Here we show some of the best available model kits that allow you to re-build this impressive aircraft.

B17G Flying Fortress 1:48 Scale

  • 148 parts in silver, black and clear with raised panel lines
  • Detailed gun turrets, landing gear and wheels, full interior framing
  • Detailed engine fronts and cowlings; correct nose and chin turret, detailed cockpit with instrument panel, seats, and controls
  • Detailed bomb bay with bomb racks, bombs and position able bomb doors
  • Illustrated assembly instructions

 

 

B-17F Flying Fortress Model Kit


WWII era Boeing-built 4-engine heavy bomber, vintage kit. Features raised panel lines, basic cockpit and fuselage interior, rotatable turrets, and 2 external bombs with racks. Decals and painting reference for 2 USAAF aircraft: B-17F-10-BO, ‘Memphis Belle’, 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, Bassingbourn, May 1943 and B-17F-55-BO, ‘Meat Hound’, 423rd Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group, Thurleigh, spring 1943 – includes stencils and instruments.

 

 

B-17G Flying Fortress

 

Developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps, the four-engine B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber was often equipped with up to 13 .50-caliber machine guns at once. Distinguishing features of the “G” variant – the final version – included a Bendix remotely-operated chin turret and revised, remotely-operated tail gun turrets. An estimated 8,680 “G” aircraft were produced and many were converted for other uses, including troop transports and recon aircraft.

 

1:32 B-17 E/F Flying Fortress 


Specifications:

  • Crew: 10: Pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier/nose gunner, flight engineer/top turret gunner, radio operator, waist gunners (2), ball turret gunner, tail gunner
  • Length: 74 ft 4 in (22.66 m)
  • Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in (31.62 m)
  • Height: 19 ft 1 in (5.82 m)
  • Wing area: 1,420 sq ft (131.92 m2)
  • Airfoil: NACA 0018 / NACA 0010
  • Aspect ratio: 7.57
  • Empty weight: 36,135 lb (16,391 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 54,000 lb (24,500 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 65,500 lb (29,700 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Wright R-1820-97 “Cyclone” turbosupercharged radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 287 mph (249 kn, 462 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 182 mph (158 kn, 293 km/h)
  • Range: 2,000 mi (1,738 nmi, 3,219 km) with 2,700 kg (6,000 lb) bombload
  • Service ceiling: 35,600 ft (10,850 m)
  • Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 38.0 lb/sq ft (185.7 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.089 hp/lb (150 W/kg)

Armament

  • Guns: 13 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in 8 positions (2 in the Bendix chin turret, 2 on nose cheeks, 2 staggered waist guns, 2 in upper Sperry turret, 2 in Sperry ball turret in belly, 2 in the tail and one firing upwards from radio compartment behind bomb bay)
  • Bombs:
    • Short range missions (<400 mi): 8,000 lb (3,600 kg)
    • Long range missions (≈800 mi): 4,500 lb (2,000 kg)
    • Overload: 17,600 lb (7,800 kg)


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