To aid in transport, the empennage is removable as are the
delicate turrets, to avoid hangar rash. The B-24J was painted
using Klass Kote epoxy paint, with dry-ink transfers from
Aeroloft for the markings.
After researching numerous sources, Herman and Mike
found an airplane that started flying during the war but did
not have any nose art and was only called 395E, after its
tail number. After one particularly devastating flight over
Germany in 1943, it sustained much battle damage and was
able to barely make it safely back to England.
Because of its miraculous return, the crew named the
airplane Homeward Angel. Homeward Angel flew with the
466th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. The aircraft completed 231
missions during 1943-1944.
This was the aircraft Herman and Mike chose, hoping the
same good luck the World War II crew had experienced
would accompany them on their flights. The first test
flight of Herman and Mike’s B-24J
appropriately took place at the Johnson
Space Center in Houston.
The model flew magnificently. A
You Tube video can be found at the
link listed in “Sources.” The entire
project took 1,800 hours throughout
a two-year period. Herman says that
the build-team concept can save much
I enjoy building scale projects. They
are rewarding, and plenty of fun.
Very nice work, Herman and Mike!
The B- 24 sets on the runway, ready for flight.
The B-24J is powered by four O.S. 110 four-stroke glow engines.
114 Model Aviation APRIL 2014