- Cobi Small Army WW2 Historical Collection
- 920 high quality blocks
- 1/48 scale
- 1 pilot figure
- Bodywork with pad printing
- Completed Dimensions: 20.0” L x 26.0” Wingspan x 5.1” H
- Box Dimensions: 25.5” L X 12.75” W x 2.6” H
- Compatible with leading block and brick brands
- Recommended for 8 years and above.
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). The B-17 was primarily employed by the USAAC in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy were the primary major commands responsible for employing the B-17 in Europe.
Memphis Belle is a Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress used during the Second World War that inspired the making of two motion pictures: a 1944 documentary film, Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, and a 1990 Hollywood feature film, Memphis Belle. The aircraft was one of the first United States Army Air Forces B-17 heavy bombers to complete 25 combat missions. The aircraft and crew then returned to the United States to sell war bonds. In 2005, restoration began on the aircraft at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio where, from May 2018, it is on display.
The Memphis Belle, a Boeing-built B-17F-10-BO, manufacturer's serial number 3470, USAAC Serial No. 41-24485, was added to the USAAF inventory on 15 July 1942, and delivered in September 1942 to the 91st Bombardment Group at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. It deployed to Prestwick, Scotland, on 30 September 1942, moving to a temporary base at RAF Kimbolton on 1 October, and then finally to its permanent base at RAF Bassingbourn, England, on 14 October. Each side of the fuselage bore the unit and aircraft identification markings of a B-17 of the 324th Bomb Squadron (Heavy); the squadron code "DF" and individual aircraft letter "A."
Captain Robert K. Morgan's crew flew 29 combat missions with the 324th Bomb Squadron, all but four in the Memphis Belle. During the aircraft's 25 combat missions eight German planes were shot down by the crew.
This block kit from Cobi represents a B-17F Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle” of the 91st Bombardment Group RAF Bassingbourn, England November 1942 . It is one of the largest kits made by Cobi. The set features moveable ailerons, opening bomb bay doors and moving landing gear.
This B-17F is an excellent addition to your block collection.