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Yes, the Boulton Paul turrets are a bit of a problem. I would love to do one of the Special Duties Liberators from 1586 Flight in Italy, but would have to seriously think about where/how to display it, and find the markings.

 

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Just a thought Brian, but you could do a Canadian Navy Liberator, which were similar in appearance to the coastal Command Libs, but I think were more standard "showroom floor" US versions. I may be wrong, but I think the Canucks used regular .50s in regular production turrets, at least on North America based birds.

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Yes, the Boulton Paul turrets are a bit of a problem. I would love to do one of the Special Duties Liberators from 1586 Flight in Italy, but would have to seriously think about where/how to display it, and find the markings.

 

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I got my eyes on the Wimpy parked out back..   Cool stuff..

 

There's sure not much room for those guys who love to heave back on the yoke on takeoff. Tailstrikes look like they'd be a fairly easy thing to do.

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OK - RAF 'mods' - reading 'International Air Power Review' - Vol 4, page 159:
 

The RAF's first B-24Ds were 11 early production aircraft transferred from the USAAF in March/April 1942 after Prime Minister Churchill appealed for more aircraft with which to tackle the U-Boat menace. Though they were considered 'non-standard' by the RAF (I'm assuming this included turrets), most were equipped with ASV radar and rushed into service with Nos 59, 86 and 120 Sqns. When true Lend Lease B-24Ds (Liberator Mk IIIs) began to arrive shortly afterwards, the 11 so called 'Battle of the Atlantic' aircraft were re-designated Mk. IIIA.


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IWM Image - Liberator GR Mark IIIA, LV345 'E', parked in a dispersal at Aldergrove, County Antrim, at the culmination of its service with of No. 86 Squadron RAF, and shortly before joining the Liberator Flight of No. 1 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit at Beaulieu, Hampshire.
 

With serial numbers in the LV3xx series, this aircraft (illustrated) is one of the 11 B-24Ds delivered in 1942 for use by Coastal Command. Fitted with American armament and other equipment, these aircraft were treated as non-standard by the RAF...

 
So there *may* be an easy(ish) route to a Coastal Command airframe if the above can be confirmed with regard to armament fit...
 
Iain

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For the Boulton Paul Type E tail turret perhaps you can ask John Wilkes AKA Tigger for the Halifax vacform turret parts.

Cees

 

 

That option didnt even occur to me Cees!   Do you know for sure (I would assume so, but we all know what Benny Hill taught us about assuming :lol: ) if John includes decent vac turrets with his kits? 

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GR Mk. V, RCAF (Serial No. 598), No. 10 (BR) Sqn, Gander, Newfoundland, 29 Jul 1943.

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GR Mk. VI, RCAF (Serial No. 923), Waist .50 cal gun position, 23 Aug 1944, No. 5 OTU, RCAF. 

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Liberator B Mk. III (Serial No. BZ899), RCAF No. 159 (B) Squadron, with a four-gun Boulton-Paul tail gun turret. SL Hugo Beall & FO Gordon Doherty, 4 May 1944.  The squadron was based at RAF Station Digri, Bengal, British India on the date the photo was taken

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And now something special :)

 

 B-24L Liberator GR Mk. VIII, RCAF (Serial No. 11130), (5009), HE773, ex-USAAF (44-50154), ex-Indian Air ForceConsolidated-B-24--amp--CF-104--Germany.Consolidated-B-24--amp--CF-104--Lahr--GeConsolidated-B-24-Liberator--RCAF--14-MaConsolidated-B-24-Liberator--RCAF--1968-

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No those pics, especially the last three or four, are just incredibly sweet. WOW!

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Is that that Eduard one that's >$100 for a 1/72 scale kit? Has anybody built it? That seems an insane price for the scale.

Most of that is due to the price of the Hasegawa kit. They have a $100 MSRP for the base CC Liberator kit alone. That's the real

Insane part!

 

http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/has02241.htm

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Really toying with the idea of getting one... have always fancied the HK B-17 but never bought one... this just appeals so much more, so many options.. 

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Some really good discussion and ideas gents. I'm thinking I'd like to do a PB4Y-1 as below. The aircraft had the standard nose turret.

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