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The Boeing Model 299 was a promising new design for a bomber requirement
from the USAAC but lost to the Douglas B-18 Bolo after th crash of the
prototype due to pilot error (failure to remove control locks before take-off).
Nevertheless, the USAAC quietly pursued continued evaluation of the type and the
B-17 Flying Fortress entered production.

The early Fortressses gained combat experience with the RAF and proved that
the design was not yet ready. The aircraft lacked defensive armament, especially
in the tail, and a number of other issues which Boeing addressed with the next
version: the B-17E. This new version saw a lengthened rear fuselage, larger
vertical stabilizer, and an enclosed gunner's position in the tail. The side
blisters were replaced by sliding window panels with waist gun positions, and
powered turrets were added to the dorsal (behind the cockpit) and ventral (aft
of the radio compartment) sides of the aircraft.

Academy has reissued their B-17E Flying Fortress kit in this Pacific Theater
theme. To date, this is the only styrene kit of the B-17E on the market though
HK Models is about to release the B-17E/F in 1/32 scale in the near future.
There haven't been any releases of this version in 1/48 scale (so far) and
though you might have seen the B-17E in a Minicraft box years ago, this was also
the Academy kit.

Considering the age of this tooling, Academy has maintained the molds nicely
as there is no sign of mold flash on initial inspection of the parts trees.
Despite the age of this kit, the surface details are all scribed. The kit is
molded in light gray

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