Hobby Master 1/144 Air Power Series
PBY-1 Liberator "Subduer"
BuNo 32057, VB-107, Natal, Brazil
early 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”.

On September 15, 1941 VP-83 was formed at Dunkeswell, England and renamed VB-
107 on May 15, 1943 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. Here they received the Army B-24D
Liberator that the USN designated PB4Y-1. Between June and July 1943 VB-107
transferred to Natal, Brazil. The task for VB-107 was to patrol off the coast of Brazil in
search of German submarines and to destroy them when located. VB-107 became
VPB-107 in October 1944. PB4Y-1 32057 ex USAAF 42-40572 “Subduer” remained in
service until July 1945 when it was stricken off charge.

Specifications for the Consolidated B-24D Liberator

Number Produced – 2,698

Crew – 7 / 10


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

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

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

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

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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