Wednesday, May 2, 2012

EVEN BIGGER BOMBER - 1:32 SCALE B-17 FLYING FORTRESS FROM HK MODELS



SMN Report:
We make no apologies for featuring another World War II bomber from Hong Kong Models - this one adds two more engines, and a lot more size, to represent the famed Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Manufactured to 1:32 scale, it’s a biggie all right.



Coming soon
The HK Models Boeing B-17 is not available yet, and the pictures here show the assembled prototype, not an on-sale model. But we expect the big beast, which will be available to complete in either ‘F’ or ‘G’ version, sometime soon. When assembled, the Hong Kong Models B-17 will have a wingspan of some 788 mm (31 in) and a length of 988 mm (38.9 in).


Legendary defences
The B-17's multi-gun capacity to repel fighter attacks, while flying on to inflict heavy damage to enemy targets was legendary, making its title ‘Flying Fortress’ a well-earned label. This Flying Fort cartoon was painted in 1944, by Lt Col Ross Greening, while a prisoner of war in Germany at Stalag Luft 1. The splendid drawing was published later in his book Not As Briefed.



Still in the planning stages
HK are really going for it with new and planned kits. There are two more B-25 Mitchells nearly ready, a B-25J ‘strafer’ version, and a B-25H ‘gunship’. Further down the line there’ll be a British Gloster Meteor, famed for being the first Allied jet to see operational service, and a speed record holder at various times, too. We’ll be expecting all sorts of interesting versions of this machine.


Avro Lancaster ahead
The Avro Lancaster is also in the planning stages. This British equivalent to the B-17 actually toted a far heavier warload, and became a household name for carrying out ‘Dambuster’ raids and ‘Grand Slam’ bombs. HK Models, we hope you’re listening - do make sure the fuselage sides of your Lanc are correct. Appearance to the contrary, the sides are not quite parallel vertically - they bulge very slightly toward the bottom. As planned, the HK Models Avro Lancaster will have a wingspan of some 972 mm (38.3 in).








18 comments:

  1. How can I buy a 1 /32 scale Model of the B-17

    My e-mail is gijoe196060@yahoo.com

    Also tying to by a ITA 1262 B-52

    Thank you

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  2. sure hope they do a better job of printing the plan sheets than on their B25 kit maybe they should ck the printer ink BEFORE printing

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  3. When will the 1 / 32 Scale model of the B-17 going to made for sale

    Thank you

    gijoe196050@yahoo.com

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  4. The info from HK Models is: "On the way", for which we read a possible Q4 2012 release.

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  5. This looks amazing... time to get rid of the bed to make room for a bomber convey...loL

    pL

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  6. any word on this kit yet? it looks amazing and i must have one!

    bob

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  7. Hope they decide to do a B-24
    CB

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  8. I can hardly wait for a 1/32 B 36. A valiant in the meantime will do
    Phil

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    1. If they're gonna do that one, they've also got to do a 1/32nd B-47!

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  9. B-47? With interior detail and optional see-thru fuselage half please.

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  10. one source quotes the price of the HKM Avro Lancaster at a grand. Surely this is a mistake.Cant see them shifting many at that.

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  11. We have £152.99 GBP which seems a bit more affordable!

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  12. I saw it today at Smith Bros Hobbies here in Lancaster, CA and it was $259.00.

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  13. I opened the kit up and it was stunning! The instructions were exquisite!

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  14. Very pleased to hear that - and looking forward to hearing about the build.

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  15. I just received my 1/32 scale B-17 I found on ebay.The kit looks very detailed-I know I'm going to have trouble in assembly because the instructions are vague and illustrations are very small.I'm hoping to find instructions online so I can print them out in a larger, easier to read format.

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  16. How about a B 29?

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  17. Definitely - plus a Catalina and Super Connie for me.

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