B17G Flying Fortress Carolina Moon Franklin Mint B11B635
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B17G Flying Fortress Carolina Moon Franklin Mint B11B635

USAAF 490th BG, 851st BS, "Carolina Moon", RAF Eye, England, 1944

Length 18-1/2" Width 26"

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both the other competitors and more than met the Air Corps' expectations. Although Boeing lost the contract due to the prototype's crash, the Air Corps was so impressed with Boeing's design that they ordered 13 B-17s. The B-17 Flying Fortress went on to enter full-scale production and was considered the first truly mass-produced large aircraft, eventually evolving through numerous design advancements. Designed to meet a US Army Air Corps requirement for a multi-engined bomber to replace the B-10, the B-17 first flew on July 18, 1935. Best known for its role in the US Army Air Forces' daylight strategic bombing campaign during World War II, the B-17 could fly high and had a long range, and was capable of defending itself from enemy fighters. It was also tough, withstanding extensive battle damage, and was capable of carrying a 6,000 lb bombload. The B-17 became one of the symbols of Allied air power, equipping 32 overseas combat groups and dropping a total of 580,631 metric tons of bombs on European targets.

The Franklin Mint's 1:48 scale B-17 series brings new meaning to the term "heavy bomber." Weighing in at almost 8 pounds, these are quite possibly the largest and heaviest diecast models on the market. In this large scale, the series is able to capture detail that can be lost in smaller scales, such as the beautifully detailed "Norden" bombsight, which is easily visible through the nose copula. The canopy is removable, providing a clear view of the large cockpit interior, nicely detailed pilot and co-pilot instruments and controls, and a well detailed bulkhead that leads further into the interior. Rotating and pivoting machine gunner positions (in most releases) and Wright "Cyclone" engine detail inside the engine cowlings add a finishing touch

  • Item #: 49614
  • Manufacturer: FRANKLIN MINT
  • Manufacturer's Product Number: B11B635
  • Condition: New

B17G Flying Fortress Carolina Moon Franklin Mint B11B635

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