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HK Models 1/32 B17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" Heavy Bomber Kit

HK Models 1/32 B17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" Heavy Bomber Kit

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HKM-01E029
$399.99 $499.99

The Boeing B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ was one of the U.S.A.’s main four-engine heavy bombers, operating alongside the B-24 Liberator, and the later B-29 Superfortress, in all theatres of World War 2. It’s a fact that the B-17 almost never saw its place in history and the defeat of Nazi Germany, as the prototype, known as Model 299, crashed due to pilot error during its evaluation in October 1935. Thankfully, the design had shown such promise during the testing phase, in fact exceeding the requirements of the original specification, that further prototypes were ordered despite Boeing losing the original contract with the United States Army Air Corps. It was this further evaluation that saw the type enter active service in 1938. The actual name ‘Flying Fortress’ was coined by a newspaper hack who witnessed a roll-out of the machine, bristling with guns and turrets, and Boeing realized that this was the sort of propaganda they needed, and trademarked the name.

After the initial prototypes, serial production of the B-17 began with the B-17B variant and underwent a major revision with the introduction of the ‘E’. This type featured a substantially redesigned tail and fillet that featured throughout subsequent versions, giving the B-17 its iconic profile. An extra 10ft of length was added to the fuselage. Other refinements included the addition of a tail and dorsal turret, and the addition of a Bendix turret to replace the fixed bathtub type that had graced previous versions. This was found to be disappointing and was eventually replaced with the Sperry ball turret that became a permanent feature of all future marques.

Markings for 2 USAF aircraft:

  • B-17F-10-BO s/n 41-24485 'Memphis Belle' DF-A, 324th BS, 91st BG, England May 1943, the first B-17 to return to the USA after completing 25 missions against occupied Europe

  • B-17F-20-BO s/n 41-24605 'Knock-out Dropper' BN-R, 359th BS, 303rd BG, England November 1943 after completing 50 missions against targets in Europe, the first B-17 to reach this milestone (later becoming the first B-17 to complete 75 missions in late March 1944)

Features:

  • Approximately 657 parts

  • Two types of cult graph decals

  • Etched parts included

  • Color assembly instructions


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