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1/32 B-17F Flying Fortress (01E029)

US $368.00
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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 realised 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.


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