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John Garis

« on: August 16, 2011, 08:32:35 PM »

1/72 B-24D Liberator "Mission Centenarians "

The B-24D was the first version of the Liberator to be mass produced and the first version of the aircraft to enter combat in large numbers with the USAAF. It was similar to the B-24C which had been used to prepare the Consolidated factory at San Diego for full production. It was also the first version of the aircraft to be built by members of the Liberator Production Pool.

This is the second limited edition release of the Academy/Minicraft B-24 kit from Eduard.
Academy/Minicraft has reissued their 1/72 scale B-24D Liberator and still looks good for its age.
The tooling is set up to facilitate these variants with parts without compromising on details.

Molded in light gray styrene, this kit is presented on six parts trees, plus three (two used) trees of clear parts. There is no sign of flash on this example so assembly should be straightforward.

The kit offers some nice interior details including loaded bomb racks visible through positionable bomb bay doors, positionable landing gear, and positionable waist gunners windows to reveal a gunner platform for the port and starboard waist guns.

The flight deck ahd nose compartment are also provided with nice crew stations, though Academy/Minicraft doesn't waste effort on super details that are all but invisible through the styrene windows in this scale.

Assembly of the rest of the airframe is simple and straightforward, with all of the right parts to blank off the ventral turret position that was not yet installed on these B-24s and the glass-nosed guns manned by the navigator and bombardier.

The three clear sprues is clean with no marks and scratches.

The first fret is pre-painted and covers the instrument panel, seat harnesses, controls and some other interior parts.

The second, larger fret covers parts for the engines, fuselage interior, undercarriage legs and bays, guns and other details.

Die-cut masks is supplied for painting the canopy, nose, turrets and landing gear wheels.

The perfectly decals are printed by Eduard provides 4 marking options for each variant into two sheets.
The first sheet holds the national markings.

The second sheet has the personal markings of the rest of the aircraft that can be modelled.

The painting guides offer four-views. Paint names are generic with Gunze Aqueous and Mr Color codes. These also are used throughout the assembly instructions for detail painting colour.

B-24D-CO s/n 41-11766, 98th BG, 345th BS, Lecce AB, Italy, summer, 1944

B-24D-CO, s/n 41-11613, 376th BG, 514th BS, San Pancrazio AB, Italy, February, 1944

B-24D-20-CO, s/n 41-24198, commanded by Capt. Wallace Taylor, 98th BG, 244th BS, Northern Africa, summer, 1943

B-24D-15-CO, s/n 41-24047, 90th BG, 320th BS, Southwest Pacific, late 1943
- Instruction Sheet -

This is an excellent offer from Eduard.
The great decal selection, coupled with the quality photoetch and paint masks is a good value package.
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