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♋ Franklin Mint B26 Marauder Die Cast Plane Armour Collection For Sale
Franklin Mint Armour Collection B11E053 Martin B-26B Marauder Diecast
Model USAAF 449th BG, 322nd BS, "Flak Bait"
Martin B-26B Marauder
The Martin B-26 Marauder was a World War II twin-engine medium bomber built
by the Glenn L. Martin Company. The first US medium bomber used in the Pacific
Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in
Western Europe. The plane distinguished itself as "the chief bombardment weapon
on the Western Front" according to an United States Army Air Forces dispatch
from 1946, and later variants maintained the lowest loss record of any combat
aircraft during World War II. Its late-war loss record stands in sharp contrast
to its unofficial nickname "The Widowmaker" — earned due to early models' high
rate of accidents during takeoff. A total of 5,288 were produced between
February 1941 and March 1945; 522 of these were flown by the Royal Air Force and
the South African Air Force.
B-26B MarauderDesigned to meet a US Army Air Corps specification for a
twin-engined medium bomber, the B-26 Marauder was first flown on November 25,
1940. Early in its service career, the B-26 was nicknamed "Widowmaker" because
of its high accident statistics, especially during takeoffs and landings, when
pilots were required to maintain a much higher than average speed to avoid
stalling. Later model B-26Bs underwent a series of aerodynamics modifications,
making the aircraft safer to fly. Used in the Pacific, Western European and
Mediterranean Theaters, the B-26 eventually became the primary bomber on the
Western Front, ending the war with fewer losses than any other USAAF bomber.
The Franklin Mint "Armour Collection" range presents diecast detailed,
ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft. Armour Collection
diecast airplanes from The Franklin Mint require no glueing or painting. Each
model is an instant display piece or diorama centerpiece straight from the box.
Made from diecast metal and plastic components, the die cast airplanes in the
Franklin Mint's Armour Collection are 100% true to scale.
Franklin Mint "Armour Collection" diecast airplanes feature:
Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
Detailed cockpit interiors.
No pilot figures.
Sturdy fixed metal landing gear for static display.
Authentic fixed ordnance loads.
Accurately detailed underside.
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♋ Franklin Mint B26 Marauder Die Cast Plane Armour Collection: $135