The B-32 was the last American bomber to enter service in World War II and it also had the distinction of being the last American aircraft to have been in combat. Designed to the same specification as the Boeing B-29, the B-32 was seen as insurance should the B-29 prove unsuccessful. There were a myriad of setbacks during a long and extremely difficult gestation and it wasn't until 19 September 1944 that the first production aircraft of 1,500 ordered by the AAF was delivered, over two years after the initial prototype's first flight. In fact, the B-32 design team was never able to solve problems with its pressurization system the type had to be repurposed as a low and medium altitude bomber. The first combat mission flown by Dominators was on 29 May 1945 when two aircraft of the 386th Bomb Squadron based at Clark Field dropped eighteen 1,000 lb bombs on Japanese troop concentrations at Antatet in Luzon ahead of Filipino guerrillas. B-32s flew only about a score of bombing missions before the 386th's Dominators were moved to Okinawa on 13 August 1945 where they were employed in the photographic reconnaissance role at the end of hostilities including one such flight on 18 August when two B-32's were jumped by Japanese fighters and suffered several casualties including one that became the last American airman to die in combat in World War II (three days after the Japanese surrender).
This is the first B-32 model ever produced in 1/700 scale. We believe that these 3D printed models compare favorably with comparable WEM resin and Pit-Road white metal models and likely surpass both by a good margin. We've posted high resolution photos so you can judge for yourself. Photography of these little gems is a challenge for our equipment and limited skills, check out the well proportioned model including the detailed canopy, the nose, tail, ventral and two dorsal turrets, those Davis wings, the engines, and that massive tail!
Although the surfaces are not perfectly smooth (3D printing is done in layers), the plastic used can be sanded and painted much the same way you would handle resin or styrene. The landing gear is represented in the retracted, in-flight position but it should be fairly straight forward to add photo etch parts for a "gear down" rendition, perfect for an air base diorama.
NOTE: While we currently maintain limited inventories of most items, some items may be "printed on demand", which usually requires 10-15 business days from order to shipment.