A Real “SAAB” Story
Greetings from Canada! This is my latest project , the SAAB B-17-BS Maritime reconnaisance floatplane. It was originally conceived as a dive bomber and I have always liked it’s good looks and have regarded it as a Nordic “Helldiver” as it looks quite similar.This may not be surprising because to speed-up design work in 1937 , 46 American technicians were recruited to develop the plans, and it would not surprise me to find out that some came from Curtiss…
The Marivox kit was a blast to build, and had in the box no less than NINE versions including post war target tugs. Skiis, wheels ,floats and dive brakes were all included, as well as three engine options.This made for many extra unused parts for the spares bin from hell…
I chose the Pratt and Whitney engine which is not correct for this version but I like the look.
The bomb bay can be posed open but there is no ordnance included so I stuck in two depth bombs.
All in all a fun build with no extra embellishment, however I hope stores open up soon as I have run out of black hobby paint and must use my only alternative!
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