Hobby Master 1/144 Air Power Series
HA9101
B-24D Liberator
514th Bomb Squadron, 376th Bomb Group
9th Air Force, "Lady Be Good" 1943
True 1/144 scale.
Professionally painted.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Lots of metal with a minimal plastic.
Highly collectable.
The B-24 was the most produced American bomber in WWII. The demand was so great
that Consolidated was unable to keep up so contracts were awarded to Douglas, Ford
and North American. The D variant became the most numerous with 2,698. The design
of the B-24 allowed it to carry the same payload as the Boeing B-17 and do it faster and
further. Compared to the sleek look of the B-17 the B-24 looked awkward and B-17
crews referred to it as “the crate the B-17 was shipped in”.



B-24D Liberator 41-24301 arrived in Libya on March 25, 1943 assigned to the 514th BS,
376th BG. The number 64 was painted on both sides of the nose along with the name
“Lady Be Good” on the starboard side. On April 4, 1943 the “LBG” was the last of 25
B-24s to depart to bomb Naples harbor. On the way home they lost their ADF and never
returned. In 1958 it was located 440 miles inland on the desert. In 1960 8 of the 9 crew
members remains were found.


Specifications for the Consolidated B-24D Liberator

Number Produced – 2,698

Crew – 7 / 10

Dimensions

Length – 66 ft 4 ins
Wingspan – 110 ft
Height – 17 ft 11 ins
Wing Area – 1048 sq. ft

Weight
Empty – 32,605 lbs
Gross Weight – 60,000 lbs

Performance
Engines – 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-43 supercharged radials of 1,200 hp each
(takeoff power)
Maximum Speed – 303 mph
Cruising Speed – 200 mph
Service Ceiling – 32,000 ft.
Range – 2,850 miles

Armament
10 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns

Bombs
Short Range (400 mi) - 8,000 lb
Long Range (800 mi) - 5,000 lb
Very Long Range (1,200 mi) - 2,700 lb
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