This B-17G Flying Fortress Balsa Airplane Model Kit is a 1/28 scale representation of the B-17G version which was the last and most produced version. Kit features over 300 die cut balsa parts, 65 vacuum formed plastic parts (engine nacelles, gun turrets, dummy engines and wing fillets), formed wire main struts, decals, covering tissue and balsa strip stock. Can be built for static display or control line flying (U/Control) with twin .049 engines (not included). Some part are included for control line flying including 2 firewalls, wingtip guide, bellcrank base, plastic control line hande, bellcrank, elevator horn, push rod wire and cloth hinge material. This is a large and complex kit recommended for experienced modelers only. Wingspan measures 45.75 inches. For ages 12 up. MADE IN USA. Kit markings may not match markings in photos.
Developed by Boeing in the late 1930's the B-17 was given its "Flying Fortress" monilker by a reporter for a Seattle area newpaper. Later versions were even more heavily armed and were flown in close formations where they could mass their fire power against enemy fighters. The Royal Air Force had always bombed at night and was skeptical about the ability of the Eighth Air Force to survive bombing during the day. Ultimately the B-17 flew deep into the Third Reich to blast German war production facilities. Of the 1.5 million metric tons of bombs dropped on Germany by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s. As of September 2011 only 13 B-17's remain airworthy.