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B-17G Flying Fortress USAAF 303rd BG, 358th BS, "Silver Lady", 1945 

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Dragon Models 1:144 DRW51004
B-17G Flying Fortress USAAF 303rd BG, 358th BS, "Silver Lady", 1945
World War II

Historical Note:

The four-engine B-17 Flying Fortress was used primarily in the WWII daylight precision bombing campaign against Germany. It was also used to a lesser extent in the Pacific theater. Such was the design's success that it dropped more bombs than any other American plane in WWII. The definitive version of the Flying Fortress introduced on production lines in July 1943 was the B-17G, with a total of 8680 eventually being manufactured. Dragon Warbirds has previously released a popular B-17F model, but it is now offering the first ever B-17G. One of the primary differences was that the B-17G featured the power-operated Bendix chin-type turret with twin .50-cal MGs under the nose, while other gun station locations around the fuselage were finalized. With 13 M2 .50-cal MGs, the B-17G was literally bulging with weapons – two cheek guns, two chin guns, two in the dorsal turret, two in the ventral turret, two in the waist, two in the tail, and one in the roof at the radio operator's position. This 1:144 scale model is finely produced with excellent levels of detail. All the weapon stations are correctly rendered, and it bears the natural metal finish found on B-17G craft. The model is based on "The Silver Lady" as it appeared in March 1945, an aircraft operated by the 358th Bombardment Squadron. This was one of four squadrons in the 303rd Bomb Group operating from England, itself part of the 8th Air Force. The markings on this bomber are superbly reproduced, including the 303rd BG's large triangle with an inset "C" on the tail, which looks authentically scuffed and chipped. "The Silver Lady" has been masterfully executed in miniature, and collectors seeking the definitive B-17G will be pleased with its arrival. Please note: Unlike other models in the Dragon Warbirds 1:144 series, this model is made from a combination of diecast metal and plastic components.

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  1. Late War B-17 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Sep 2012

    I am not a big fan of the all-metal look on WWII American aircraft, but this B-17 is super! The moveable turrets, open bombay and landing gear options are wonderful. As usual, the painted details are top notch. I like it so much I'm getting the other all-metal B-17 they offer.