B-17E/F Flying Fortress 1/32 HK Models

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The Boeing B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ was one of the USA’s main four-engine heavy bombers. It operated alongside the B-24 Liberator and the later B-29 Superfortress in all theatres of World War 2. The actual name ‘Flying Fortress’ was coined by a newspaper hack who witnessed a roll-out of the machine bristling with guns and turrets. Boeing realized 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 ten feet 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.

Please see the recommended colors and their numbers below.


Product Details:

Scale: 1/32
Skill Level: 4
Length: 28”
Wingspan: 38.6”
Parts: 678
- Painting and assembly required
- 40+ sprues
- Decals
- Photo-etched parts
- Resin parts
- Clear parts
- Authentic surface details
- Portside and starboard waist windows can be modeled open or closed with firing position or stowed guns
- Radio operator’s windows can be open or closed with guns in stowed or firing positions
- Tailwheel and landing gear in extended or retracted position
- Bomb bay can be modeled closed or opened
- Includes wall mount display
- Detailed interior
- Illustrated instructions
- Includes decals and paint guides for the following versions:

  1. B-17E s/n 41-2656, ‘Chief Seattle’, 435th BS / 19th BG, Australia, spring 1942
  2. B-17F s/n 41-24605, BN-R, ‘Knock-out Dropper’, 359th BS / 303rd BG, England, November 1943
  3. B-17F s/n 41-24485, DF-A, ‘Memphis Belle’, 324th BS / 91st BG, England, May 1943

*Experience with photo-etched parts is recommended*
*Cyanoacrylate glue is required for photo-etched parts*


Paint Guide:

Dark Olive Drab 41   XF-62, XF-10 (mixing directions in paint instructions)
Neutral Grey 43   XF-53
Medium Green 42   XF-26
Rubber Black   XF-85
Aluminum   XF-16
Yellow   XF-3
Flat Black   XF-1
Dull Dark Green   XF-26, XF-1 (mixing directions in paint instructions)
Gunmetal   X-10
Brass   X-12
Steel   XF-56
Wood   XF-64
Grey   XF-54
White   XF-2
Light Green   XF-71, XF-2 (mixing directions in paint instructions)
Clear Red   X-27
Clear Green   X-25