The B-17 Flying Fortress remains one of the most famous allied bombers of WW2. Although it served in every theatre of the war, it was in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) with the renowned 8th Air Force in particular, that this sturdy and well armed heavy bomber flew its way into the history books.
Building on the success of our original HobbyKing "Memphis Belle" model we have redesigned this huge 1875mm wingspan warbird and now bring to you the best flying and best looking rendition of this iconic heavy bomber available anywhere in this size.
Our fantastic model is simple and fast to assemble right out of the box with all of the servo's and ESC's pre-installed. It is made from EPO foam, so it's as tough as you would expect and as the one piece wing is removable, it is also very practical to transport.
The pre-fitted electric scale wheels retract forward like the real aircraft and are large enough to tackle almost any surface. There is also plenty of power on tap from the four upgraded 850kv brushless motors. Counter-rotating props make zero torque, smooth take off's, the order of the day and with pre-fitted split flaps, landings are also stress-free.
But it's the attention to detail on this version that is impressive. Panel lines have been reduced and two new accurate scale colour schemes are now available. Olive drab/grey and overall silver. These two schemes represent the vast majority of B17's that went into action and as an additional feature we've also included a choice of two 8th Air Force decal sets for each color scheme as well as an optional chin turret so that you can create either an early "F" or later "G" variant.
As a Flying Fortress our model also bristles with guns, with top and ball turrets as well as tail, nose and waist gun positions. Dummy Wright Cyclone engines are finished with three blade counter rotating scale props and hubs and finally, working navigation & landing lights add to the overall realism level of this impressive model.
Beneath the surface our B17 has been beefed up with additional wing bracing and of course, she has been test flown extensively and it's in the air that this model really comes into its own.
You will be struck at how easy it is to fly, almost like a powered glider at times and even though it's more than capable of performing non-scale aerobatics including loops and rolls, it is at lower speeds that it looks every bit the heavy bomber.
With its impressive wingspan, low passes translate into a real presence in the air and the sound of those four props driving it forward just adds to the experience.
Our B17 is a scale pilot's dream model. It's a big airplane that looks great, flies beautifully and definitely has the "wow" factor that will have heads turning wherever and whenever you fly it.
• Scale outline
• Authentic color scheme
• Choice of decals
• Optional chin turret for "G" variant
• Servoless retracts
• Operating navigation and landing lights
• Powerful 850kv motors
• Counter rotating props
Flying Weight: 2750g
Motors: 4 x 850kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
ESC: 4 x 20A ESC
Servos: 6 x 9g Servo
Retracts: Electric Servoless Retracts
6 Channel Tx and Rx
2 x 3S 11.1V 2200mAh~3000mAh Lipoly Batteries
Great flying aeroplane, goes up easy,and really good on slow fly past, really good scale flyer.Very nice plane, Flies very well, I am using a Zippy compact 3s 5000 batt. and 1.5 oz. of weight in nose to balance CG.(with that battery) Looks really good in the air, and lands very nice with flaps. so far I like this bird.. I would get another one. Thanks to tiredIron on RC groups, I bought this.I bought this one to replace the 1600mm B17 that crashed due to RX loss. Looks really bigger that the 1600mm. Quick delivery from the European warehouse without damage. Nice finish overall. Be aware that not all four decals sets are available: there're two sets for the olive B17 and the two others for the silver one.
Assembly is OK but: motor cowls are a pain in the ***, it took an hour to fit them without blocking the motors; Props look really cheap, blades are not in the same rotation plane; although the fuselage is huge, don't expect to access the inside and I had a hard time finding the right spots for the two ESS sound transducers; CG is documented /-40mm from wing LE but even with 2 batteries in the far end of the nose there's no way to get to that value so I still wonder because the 1600mm B17 has its CG 110mm from LE and a CG calculator gave me 130mm. I guess the maiden flight will give the answer and will eventually determine the value for money...I thought I would never ever spend $300 plus on a HobbyKing Product.
Well surprise surprise. This airplane is absolutely awesome. The quality is unbelievable. Better than "FreeWing's" smaller B-17. The fit and finish is outstanding .Fly's really well. Airborne in about 15 ft Lots of power. I did two things. First I dedicated one battery (2600 aMh) for the inboard motors and the other for the outboard motors. Second I replaced the flimsy props from HobbyKing with "FMS B-25 Props" They are firmer. smaller in diameter (more scale like too me) and have more pitch. They work great with this wonderful plane.
Thanks HobbyKing. You got this one dead on.
Lonnie McDavid , San Ramon, CA., USAThis is an unbelievable kit. It takes a few hours to build as their are many components to it, however it was a joy to build. The quality is superb and Hobbyking have really worked hard to make this one of the best looking models they sell. The parts all went together without any issues and the overall finish is superb. The main undercarriage had been raked forward to stop her tipping over and the panel lines are spot on. I used the chin turret for the G version and it fits great. I cut slots where the gun barrels fit to allow air into the batteries for cooling and it works well. All in all buyers will not be disappointed. I'm so impressed with this model I'm actually going to buy the aluminium version as well it's that good. I wish I could upload and image of mine to compliment this review as I've weathered mine up and she looks incredible. I highly recommend the scale flyers buy this model. It flies so good and very realistic on just 50pcnt throttle. Extremely stable and very easy to fly with no bad tendencies. You can land easy without the use of the flaps but with flaps it just wallows in. I love this model and is by far the best model in my collection at the moment and the best I have ever brought from HK. Highly recommendedI own three of the V1 B-17s so I'm a little biased...
I unpacked the V2 and was glad to see the panel lines are knife edge thin, the windows are very clear compared to V1, the wing now has a spar system which has 3.75" between the spars. Other improvements include two complete decal sheets (V2 comes without any decals applied), a "G" model chin turret, forward raked struts and upgraded retracts (metal trunnions), the paint color and finish are very scale.
I'm very pleased with the V2 and look forward to the release of the silver one.