Contrail 1/72 Petlyakov PE-8

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Contrail 1/72 Petlyakov PE-8 plastic model kit

1/72 Contrail Petlyakov PE-8

Vacuform Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

Very nicely molded kit with good surface details. Features injection molded struts, wheels and props, full size plans and decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The Pe-8 was a famous and successful USSR heavy bomber that was designed in 1934 and first flown in 1936. Since the USSR did not have a definitive heavy bomber doctrine, only between 81 and 93 were built, but they lead active service lives. In use, the PE-8s performance matched Western Heavy Bombers designed during the same time. In August of 1941, PE-8s bombed Berlin. They were used to attack long range targets in German-held Eastern Europe, as well as for tactical support during the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk. It was a PE-8 that flew over German airspace between May 19th and June 13th in 1942 to deliver USSR Foreign Minister Molotov and his delegation from Moscow to London and then to Washington DC and back for talks on grand strategy against Nazi Germany. As a testament to the soundness of the design, PE-8s remained in service till the 1950s, even after the Tu-4 was available.

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