Hobby Master 1/144 Air Power Series
HA9100
B-24D Liberator
98th Bomb Group, 343rd Bomb Sqn.
(Y : Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
1943
True 1/144 scale.
Professionally painted.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Lots of metal with a minimal plastic.
Highly collectable.
The B-24 was the most produced American bomber in WWII. The demand was so great
that Consolidated was unable to keep up so contracts were awarded to Douglas, Ford
and North American. The D variant became the most numerous with 2,698. The design
of the B-24 allowed it to carry the same payload as the Boeing B-17 and do it faster and
further. Compared to the sleek look of the B-17 the B-24 looked awkward and B-17
crews referred to it as “the crate the B-17 was shipped in”.



Just prior to the raid on the Ploesti Oilfields in Romania 10 B-24s of the 98th
Bombardment Group had nose-art added each one representing a different character
from the story “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Eight of these B-24Ds actually took
part in the raid and three were lost. B-24D s/n 42-40364 Y nicknamed “Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs” belonged to the 343rd BS. The aircraft completed its bombing
mission but was shot down on the return flight losing 8 of its 9 crew.


Specifications for the Consolidated B-24D Liberator

Number Produced – 2,698

Crew – 7 / 10

Dimensions

Length – 66 ft 4 ins
Wingspan – 110 ft
Height – 17 ft 11 ins
Wing Area – 1048 sq. ft

Weight
Empty – 32,605 lbs
Gross Weight – 60,000 lbs

Performance
Engines – 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-43 supercharged radials of 1,200 hp each
(takeoff power)
Maximum Speed – 303 mph
Cruising Speed – 200 mph
Service Ceiling – 32,000 ft.
Range – 2,850 miles

Armament
10 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns

Bombs
Short Range (400 mi) - 8,000 lb
Long Range (800 mi) - 5,000 lb
Very Long Range (1,200 mi) - 2,700 lb
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