The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California. It was known within the company as the Model 32, and some initial production aircraft were laid down as export models designated as various LB-30s, in the Land Bomber design category.
At its inception, the B-24 was a modern design featuring a highly efficient shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing. The wing gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine. In comparison with its contemporaries the B-24 was relatively difficult to fly and had poor low speed performance; it also had a lower ceiling and was less robust than the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. While aircrews tended to prefer the B-17, General Staff favored the B-24, and procured it in huge numbers for a wide variety of roles. At approximately 18,500 units – including over 4,600 manufactured by Ford Motor Company – it holds records as the world’s most produced bomber, heavy bomber, multi-engine aircraft, and American military aircraft in history.
Because of obvious vulnerability of the B-24 to head-on attack with the earlier, 24-panel “greenhouse” nose glazing, the B-24H design incorporated an electrically powered Emerson A-15 nose turret above the bombardier’s position, somewhat similar to where the Frazer-Nash FN5 nose turret on the Avro Lancaster was placed. Approximately 50 other airframe changes were made, including a redesigned bombardier compartment possessing a glazed three-panel bombsight window unit replacing the “greenhouse” nose design. The tail turret was given larger windows for better visibility and the Martin A-3 dorsal turret received an enlarged “high hat” dome. The waist gunner positions were enclosed with Plexiglas windows and laterally offset (as the later B-17G’s waist positions had been) to reduce mutual interference between the two waist gunners during battle. Most H model aircraft were built by Ford at the Willow Run factory. (Total: 3,100)
Academy first released this kit in 1990 This boxing dates from 1991
This box was used as an airbrush mule, and has paint spray on its sides. Not a “collector Box” The parts inside are untouched and the instructions and decals are unused. An excellent value for a builder.