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Roden 447 1/48 Beech GB-2 (Traveller ) Plastic Model Kit

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Roden  |  SKU: ROD447
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Towards the end of the 1920's American aviation enthusiast Walter Beech created his own aircraft engineering company, the Beech Aircraft Corporation. One of the most successful projects of the newly formed company was the Model 17 aircraft, named the Staggerwing after its unconventional biplane configuration, whereby the upper wing was positioned to the rear of the lower wing. In the middle of the Thirties appeared the D17 modification, which became popular among pilots. Before the USA entered into WWII, the Staggerwing had various occasions to join the fighting in the sky; in Spain, and in the confrontation between China with Japan.
After the United States entered into World War II, at least 118 Beechcraft Model 17 were requisitioned from private owners for army needs. The Beech D17 quickly became useful as a courier aircraft. Soon the military placed an order with Walter Beech's company for a further 270 of the type. Planes which were taken on by the Army were designated the UC-43, while machines which were delivered to Naval Aviation became the GB-1 and GB-2. There were no differences between the army and naval versions of the aircraft, except for the fact that navy aircraft were obliged to have on board a basic set of rescue equipment in case of emergency landing on water. The majority of the GB-2's joined the Naval Air Transport Service, where they were used until the final days of World War II. Their principal work during the whole period of war was the fast delivery of military staff and also important mail from the bases in Britain nearest to the continent. Often, navy planes with a characteristic marine blue coloration were based on airfields right next to military machines in their protective olive color, immediately distinguishable from them by their exterior. Britain's Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm received the Staggerwing under the Lend-Lease agreement. The British, traditionally, gave the plane their own name of Traveller, with the unusual spelling for an American of double 'L' letters.
According to the deal, the British should have received 107 machines of this type, but at least 12 of them never reached the shores of 'Foggy Albion', when their U.S. transport was attacked by a German submarine and sunk. The other 95 (60 former UC-43 were named the Traveller Mk.I, and 25 GB-2 the Traveller Mk.II) were spread throughout their territories under seven commands overall, and some machines were even sent to the Near East. The tasking of the aircraft, as by the United States, had a similar aim - fast courier service between distant bases, and delivery of important communications. After the end of the war, all Travellers should have been passed back to the U.S. in accordance with the terms of the Lend-Lease agreement, but some of them nevertheless found their way into the hands of new private owners in the UK.
The Beechcraft 17 did not achieve the fame of such fighters as the Mustang, or bombers like the Flying Fortress. However, its apparently minor contribution to the overall victory in the war was actually quite significant. The quick reaction of the military leadership to operational events often depended on the working connection between distant military units or the immediate delivery of secret orders, and therefore the Traveller could be considered not only one of the most elegant aircraft of its time, but a very important military machine.



























































Span, m 9,75
Length, m 8,18
Height, m 2,44
Wing area , m2 27,55
Weight, kg 1150
Weight, maximum gross, kg 1930
Maximum speed, km/h 341
Combat cruising speed, km/h 325
Range, km 1078
Engine: 1xPrattandWhitney R985 AN-1 Wasp Junior
Power, h.p. 450
Crew 1
Passengers 3
Loading, kg 57


This is a scale plastic model kit, assembly required. Paints and glue not included.

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Each product is covered by the respective manufacturers warranty policy and some products may have individual components that are covered by separate warranties and time frames. We do not offer any additional product warranties outside the manufacturer’s warranty.

Please discuss any warranty concerns with us before sending the items back to avoid any confusion and unnecessary costs. We will generally require you to send photos of the product with your purchase details for an initial assessment and we will go from there.

Postage costs will be at the returner’s expense and refunded if the product is proven to be covered by warranty.

If the product is required to be sent back to our suppliers for assessment, we will cover this cost.

We will always try to resolve any warranty concerns as quickly as possible, where any delay is incurred we will communicate this to you.

  • A warranty refers to any new product which has a manufacturing defect or a major failure within a reasonable period.
  • If the warranty relates to a minor failure then we may replace, repair or refund the item.
  • On assessment if the product is deemed as having a major failure, the customer can decide whether they would like a replacement, repair or refund.
  • A warranty does not apply to any wear and tear on a product, crash damage or a product being used outside it’s intended use.

 

For further information, please refer to https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/consumer-rights-guarantees/repair-replace-refund

Posting Returns

When sending items back for exchange, refund, repair or warranty assessment please post to our main office at the following address:

Hobbytech Toys

18/276 Leach Highway

Myaree

WA

6154

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If you are having trouble with any of your purchases, and suspect it could be a warranty issue, then please email or phone us to go through your item's history of use and background. We are very reasonable when it comes to faults, and will try and resolve any concerns you have as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Each product is covered by the respective manufacturers warranty policy and some products may have individual components that are covered by separate warranties and time frames. We do not offer any additional product warranties outside the manufacturer’s warranty.

Please discuss any warranty concerns with us before sending the items back to avoid any confusion and unnecessary costs. We will generally require you to send photos of the product with your purchase details for an initial assessment and we will go from there.

Postage costs will be at the returner’s expense and refunded if the product is proven to be covered by warranty.

If the product is required to be sent back to our suppliers for assessment, we will cover this cost.

We will always try to resolve any warranty concerns as quickly as possible, where any delay is incurred we will communicate this to you.

  • A warranty refers to any new product which has a manufacturing defect or a major failure within a reasonable period.
  • If the warranty relates to a minor failure then we may replace, repair or refund the item.
  • On assessment if the product is deemed as having a major failure, the customer can decide whether they would like a replacement, repair or refund.
  • A warranty does not apply to any wear and tear on a product, crash damage or a product being used outside it’s intended use.

 

For further information, please refer to https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/consumer-rights-guarantees/repair-replace-refund

Posting Returns

All change of mind returns will incur a 15% restocking fee and return freight will need to be paid by the customer returning the items.

When sending items back for exchange, refund, repair or warranty assessment please post to our main office at the following address:

Hobbytech Toys

18/276 Leach Highway

Myaree

WA

6154

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Hobbytech Toys is located at Unit 18, 276 Leach Highway, Myaree, Western Australia, 6154

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Hobbytech Toys is Open Monday - Saturday 09:00 -17:00 & Sunday + Most Public Holidays 11:00 - 17:00.

We are closed on New Years Day, Australia Day, Anzac Day & Christmas Day.