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Amercom 1:144 Flying Fortresses ACLB31
Consolidated PB2Y-3 Coronado Diecast Model
USN, 1944

1:144 Scale   Length   Width
Consolidated PB2Y-3 Coronado   6.5"   9.5"

After deliveries of the PBY Catalina, also a Consolidated aircraft, began in 1935, the United States Navy began planning for the next generation of patrol bombers. Orders for two prototypes, the XPB2Y-1 and the Sikorsky XPBS-1, were placed in 1936; the prototype Coronado first flew in December 1937. After trials with the XPB2Y-1 prototype revealed some stability issues, the design was finalized as the PB2Y-2, with a large cantilever wing, twin tail, and four Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial engines. The two inner engines were fitted with four-bladed reversible pitch propellers; the outer engines had standard three-bladed feathering props. Like the PBY Catalina before it, the PB2Y's wingtip floats retracted to reduce drag and increase range, with the floats' buoyant hulls acting as the wingtips when retracted. Coronados served in combat in the Pacific, in both bombing and anti-submarine roles, but transport and hospital aircraft were the most common. Coronados served as a major component in the Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) during World War II in the Pacific theater. Most had originally been acquired as combat patrol aircraft, but the limitations noted above quickly relegated them to transport service in the American naval air fleet also.

Consolidated PB2Y-3 Coronado

Designed as a next generation patrol bomber to follow the PBY Catalina, the PB2Y Coronado was first flown on December 17th, 1937.

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Amercom 1:144 Flying Fortresses

The Amercom "1:144 Flying Fortresses" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military heavy bomber aircraft in 1:144 scale. These arrive in low-cost, discardable blister type packaging.

Amercom "Flying Fortresses" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Rotating wheels and propellers.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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