B-24D Liberator Balsa Model Airplane Guillows
1:28 scale. Wingspan 48 1/2". Large scale Balsa wood model kit by Guillow's. The B-24 Liberator was built in greater quantities than any other U.S. bomber of World War 2. The prototype model was produced by the Consolidated Aircraft Corp. with the first XB-24 taking to the air on Dec. 29, 1939. It featured the revolutionary Davis wing design that enabled the B-24 to carry the same payload as its rival the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress but at a much greater speed and range. Over 18,000 Liberators were built during the war. Of all the European operations in which B-24s were involved, the initial raid on the Ploesti oil refinery in southern Rumania on Aug. 1, 1943 was by far the most dramatic because it was heavily defended by anti-aircraft guns as well as squadrons of German Luftwaffe and Royal Rumanian Air Force Fighters. Of the 164 B-24s engaged, 53 were shot down or lost enroute, 23 were forced down and only 88 returned to base. 'Jerk's Natural', the subject of this kit, was a Ploesti bomb group survivor. The kit contains parts and decals for a "J" model B-24. This is strictly a Build and Display kit-Not designed for flight. For ages 14 and up.