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Academy Minicraft LB-30 Liberator

QANTAS obtained 4 EX-RAF Consolidated LB-30 Liberators from BOAC in 1944 to supplement the Catalinas servicing the Kangaroo Route (or Double Sunrise route) to Colombo in Ceylon. They did the trip 5 hours faster and could carry 4 times the payload of the Cats. After the war two were retained until 1950 as freighters carrying replacement engines for the new Constellations which were constantly breaking down. This is the 1/72 Academy/Minicraft B-24D kit converted to an LB-30 using the Magna Models conversion set and decals from Hawkeye Models Australia.

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11 responses to Academy Minicraft LB-30 Liberator

  1. Great model, Ray. Nice to see such interesting schemes Liberators.
    All the best!

  2. Nice. Very interesting.

  3. Never seen one in civilian dress, looks good.

  4. An unusual subject, great job!

  5. Great subject and really nice build.

  6. Nicely done, but really odd to see a Lib without something dangerous sticking out of the nose!

  7. Big , Beautiful and shiny…just how I like ’em!
    Great work on the NMF and canopy masking!

  8. She looks great Ray! You done see one of these every day.

  9. Thanks for the kind words gents!

  10. Very liberating Ray, well done.

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