Hobby Master 1/144 Air Power Series
PB4Y-1  Liberator
BuNo. 32052, VPB-107
Natal, Brazil, early 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”.

The initial delivery of PB4Y-1s was a naval version of the USAAF B-24D Liberator with
very little change until models based on the B-24G, J, L and M variants with factory
installed nose turrets. From 1941 – 1945 PB4Y-1s and other types of aircraft were sent
to patrol the waters off Brazil for U-Boats. On October 15, 1943 PB4Y-1 32052 “Gallopin
Ghost” began departure from Natal Brazil. As the aircraft started to lift off, the tail hit the
ground and the aircraft crash landed, luckily nobody was killed.

Specifications for the Consolidated B-24D Liberator

Number Produced – 2,698

Crew – 7 / 10


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

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

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

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

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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