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B-24 Liberator 55 inch model airplane plan

B-24 Liberator 55 inch

Lee Kiracofe's B-24 Liberator 55 inch

Let's just say that even though this is the most popular bomber of WW II building this 1:24th scale model is not an easy build. There are several builds by manufacturers at 1:28th scale. It is a great project for a display models for collectors but be aware that this plan is a rare find and an advanced build!

The video shows you the complexities of starting and flying a large 1:9th scale 146 inch 53 pound RC plane. Watch the attention to this maiden flight and you can see that this is not for beginners build or flight. This one uses 23 servos and fibreglass cloth to cover and has 15,000 rivets! Are you still crazy about bombers? Find someone with vast modelling experience in your area that is willing to spend endless hours showing you how to construct and fly this model successfully!

Although the control surfaces are shown the layout for RC components are not. The plan is clear but covered in convoluted written text all over making it very busy to look at. Other than that here are the original specs of this aircraft.

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California. It was known within the company as the Model 32, and some initial models were laid down as export models designated as various LB-30s, in the Land Bomber design category. The B-24 was used in World War II by every branch of the American armed forces, as well as by several Allied air forces and navies, attaining a distinguished war record with its operations in the Western European, Pacific, Mediterranean, and China-Burma-India Theaters and in antisubmarine warfare.

In comparison to the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 was a more modern design, with a higher top speed, greater range, and heavier bomb load. However, it had a lower operational ceiling and was also more difficult to fly in formation at higher altitude due to heavy control forces. The shoulder placement of the B-24's high aspect ratio wing made the aircraft vulnerable to battle damage and in water landings. The B-24 was notorious among American aircrews for its tendency to catch fire! (Ouch) Its shoulder-mounted "Davis wing" did not provide a broad surface for emergency landings, therefore an impact on the fuselage tended to crush it and dislodge turrets. Nevertheless, the B-24 provided excellent service in a variety of roles due to its large payload and very long range. Among its varied uses, it was deployed as the carrier for the 1,000 lb Azon guided bomb.

There existed an opinion among aircrews and a tendency among some strategic bombardment commanders to favour the B-17's rugged qualities and especially its higher operational ceiling above all other considerations. However, the general staff favoured the B-24 and procured it in greater numbers than any other American war-plane. The B-24 remains the most produced heavy bomber in history. At nearly 19,000 units, with over 8,000 manufactured by Ford Motor Company, it holds the distinction as the most-produced American military aircraft.

The B-24's most costly mission was the low-level strike against the Ploiești oil fields, in Romania on 1 August 1943. The attack became disorganized after a navigational error which alerted the defenders and protracted the bomb run from the initial point.

Two B-24s, one B-24A and one Liberator V (Lend Lease B-24J) representing a B-24H, are airworthy as of 2015.

General characteristics:

Crew: 11 (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier, radio operator, nose turret, top turret, 2 waist gunners, ball turret, tail gunner)
Length: 67 ft 8 in (20.6 m)
Wingspan: 110 ft 0 in (33.5 m)
Height: 18 ft 0 in (5.5 m)
Wing area: 1,048 ft² (97.4 m²)
Airfoil: Davis 22% / Davis 9.3%
Empty weight: 36,500 lb (16,590 kg)
Loaded weight: 55,000 lb (25,000 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 65,000 lb (29,500 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-35 or -41 turbosupercharged radial engines, 1,200 hp (900 kW) each
Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0406
Drag area: 42.54 sq ft (3.952 m2)
Aspect ratio: 11.55

Maximum speed: 290 mph (250 kn, 488 km/h)
Cruise speed: 215 mph (187 kn, 346 km/h)
Stall speed: 95 mph (83 kn, 153 km/h)
Range: 2,100 mi (1,800 nautical miles (3,300 kilometres))
Ferry range: 3,700 mi (3,200 nmi (5,900 km))
Service ceiling: 28,000 ft (8,500 m)
Rate of climb: 1,025 ft/min (5.2 m/s)
Wing loading: 52.5 lb/ft² (256 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.0873 hp/lb (144 W/kg)
Lift-to-drag ratio: 12.9

Guns: 10 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in 4 turrets and two waist positions
Short range (˜400 mi): 8,000 pounds (3,600 kg)
Long range (˜800 mi): 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg)
Very long range (˜1,200 mi): 2,700 pounds (1,200 kg)

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ID: 79609
File Size: 2.4 MB
Type: Airplane
Class: Radio-Control
Use: Bomber
Motor: Glow-Powered
Motor Size:Less-Than-0.049-CI (2-strokes)
Wingspan: 125cm-To-160cm (50in-To-63in)
Publisher: Lee Kiracofe
Designer: Lee Kiracofe
Weight Class:2500g-To-4000g (88.1oz-To-141.0oz)
Listing Editor: CoMIYC69
Added: 25/03/2015 14:58
Updated: 22/09/15 09:35:37pm
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Plan ID:79609
Keywords:historic multi-engine WWII
Model Type:Airplane
Aircraft Use:Bomber
Wingspan Class:125cm-To-160cm (50in-To-63in)
Wing Position:High-Mounted-Wing
Wing Style:Straight-Wing-Trap
Wing Dihedral:Dihedral
Landing Gear:Taildragger
Motor Type:Glow-Powered
Motor Size:Less-Than-0.049-CI (2-strokes)
Number of Motors:2-To-4
Weight Class:2500g-To-4000g (88.1oz-To-141.0oz)
Construction Skills:High-Intermediate
Pilot Skills:Low-Intermediate
Publisher:Lee Kiracofe
Designer:Lee Kiracofe
First Scan:Lee Kiracofe
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