EDK2110 1/72 Consolidated Liberator B Mk IV
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is perhaps not as well known as the B-17 Flying Fortress but was actually built in much greater numbers than the B-17 and was technically a more advanced aircraft. The Liberator was not as tough as the B-17, or quite as well armed but it could carry more bombs over a longer range. The RAF used the Liberator as a maritime patrol and anti submarine aircraft in home waters and the Atlantic, but it did also use them as bombers in other theatres such as the Far East.
This kit represents a B-24J Liberator which to the RAF was a Liberator Mk VI. The B-24J or Mk VI differed from earlier marks as it had a power operated turret in the nose, with twin machine guns to give it some protection up front.
Eduard are a Czech based manufacturer famed for the model accessories. They have in the last few years released a successful range of kits. Their Profipacks contain a kit with several marking options, along with a Colour Zoom etch set, Canopy Mask and a full colour instruction booklet.
This particular kit is a reboxing of the Academy B-24J Liberator, which is a pretty good kit (not quite as nice as the Hasegawa one but so much cheaper!) with crisp clean moulding and fine panel lines. The etch is more extensive than most Eduard kits and combined with the RAF markings, gives the kit a new lease of life. The canopy masks will save hours of work masking the glazing and make painting the canopy frames really easy.
There are markings for 5 different planes:
No 99 Sqd RAF, Cocos Islands, August 1945;
No 159 Sqd RAF, 1945;
No 99 Sqd RAF, 1945;
No 159 Sqd RAF, 1945 and
No 356 Sqd RAF, 1945
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