1:144 B-17 Flying Fortress
Believe it or not. This nice piece is a candy toy (japanese toy that shipped with a candy inside to be sold in supermarket). My older son picked it up as a "present" in a random weekend in Japan town in San Francisco. Toys come a long way and this prepainted model only required minor assembly and application of water slide decal. It looks great for 15 min worth of work. It is made by F-toys under the series "Heavy Bomber Collection".
Yes, kids need to open the toy up right away when you get home. The concept of time is not baked yet ...
It is a nice surprise to see $9 US gives you something this nice looking.
The model is nicely packaged inside.
First, we put the wings on.
Next, we need to build the top and the landing gears.
Being patient is not a strong point for a 4 years old. A little bit falling asleep ...
Finish the construction. I just need to apply the water slide decal.
The paint job is highly glossy, so the decal goes right in nicely.
Flying upstair to my shelf in the study room.
Happy kid with a B-17 bomber from WW II.
For a little histroy of the B-17. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both the other competitors and more than met the Air Corps' expectations. Although Boeing lost the contract due to the prototype's crash, the Air Corps was so impressed with Boeing's design that they ordered 13 B-17s. The B-17 Flying Fortress went on to enter full-scale production and was considered the first truly mass-produced large aircraft, eventually evolving through numerous design advancements.
The B-17 began operations in World War II with the RAF in 1941, USAAF Eighth Air Force and Fifteenth Air Force units in 1942, and was primarily involved in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign against German industrial targets. Operation Pointblank guided attacks in preparation for a ground assault
During World War II, the B-17 equipped 32 overseas combat groups, inventory peaking in August 1944 at 4,574 USAAF aircraft worldwide, and dropped 640,036 long tons (650,195 tonnes) of bombs on European targets (compared to 452,508 tons (451,691 tonnes) dropped by the Liberator and 463,544 tons (420,520 tonnes) dropped by all other U.S. aircraft). Approximately 4,750, or one third, of B-17s built were lost in combat.
Have you build a nice candy model before?