This is a Group build to remember the sacrifices of Bomber Command and other air forces of the world during WWII
Bomber Command was founded in 1936, 4 years later on the night of May 11/12 1940, Bomber Command made it's first night time Raid. The build will run from 11th May 2016 until April 21st 2017 which date coincides with the last raid on Berlin.
See the "Rules" topic for more details.
Current state of play when I opened the box tonight. I've stripped out a lot of the parts as they are poorly detailed on the Academy kit and can be replaced with better aftermarket (I started this before the new Revell or soon-to-be-released Airfix kits were even heard of), or were not needed for this build. In the box are also a set of Falcon canopies, Quickboost engines, CMK interior sets (3 of them), an Eduard set or 3, a set of Aires Brownings, a bunch of Master Models Browning barrels, and an Isradecal sheet for IDF B-17s, Catalinas and Beaufighters.
Not much in the way of construction, most of it to date is just cleanup of parts. I submit this picture of the contents. Gary, let me know if this fits in with your plans/objectives and is eligible for this. If not, then feel free to delete the thread. If it is, I'll get an updated photo with the GB logo.
Isradecal decals, which are very comprehensive and provide markings for all 3 IDF B-17s at various stages of their operational lives.
To be built in this scheme, which the aircraft wore during the 1956 Operation Kadesh/Suez Crisis. Will mean I have to scratchbuild the external bomb racks, and possibly source some bombs as well.
Aircraft details here:
Serial #: 44-83851
Construction #: 32492 (-DL)
B-17G-95-DL Flying Fortress
Last info: 1962
Delivered to USAAF as 44-83851
D. L. Spivey, Findlay, OK, August 13, 1947.
- Registered as NL1098M.
A. Schwimmer, Miami, FL, June 9, 1948.
Delivered to Israeli AF/IDFAF as 1603, June 1948-1958.
- Served with 69 Squadron.
Israeli Aircraft Industries, Tel Aviv-Lod, Israel, 1958-1961.
- Withdrawn from use, broken up & scrapped, August 1961.
I'm happy with this mate but just for clarification here's the rules for this build that cover you.
It can be from any country.
Started and partially built kits can be accepted at the discretion of the KM admins and members.
It can include aircraft in use after 1945 i.e. (Fire Fighting, Test beds etc) up until 1969 (when Bomber Command closed it's doors) as long as the aircraft was manufactured before or during WWII and was in use during WWII, historical provenance to show that it was an active combat aircraft will be required for this however.
I don't know how much research you're doing on this some history would be nice but not necessary in this case.
Managed to find the Falcon turrets and the kit turret parts in the spares box, so I've updated the original post with the final scheme. Once the Jaguar and Eurofighter are done, this will makes it's way to the bench.
Bishop wrote: What a great choice. I had no idea the IAF used these.
Same here, I had no idea either - and it seems the US Government were a bit slow to pick up on the fact also.
Apparently the three B-17 were flown illegally to Israel (there was a weapons embargo in place) but a fourth was seized in Portugal on it's way.