Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter - USAF - 1/200 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Amercom
1:200 Scale Diecast Metal – Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter - USAF - Length: 6.5" Wingspan: 8.5”
This Stratofreighter model has its landing gear fixed in the extended position. It is mostly made of metal. It is certainly not a toy and will not survive been played with or a fall.
NOTE that this model is TAIL HEAVY, so that means that if resting on its landing gear, the plane would tip upward and the tail would touch the ground and the nose would point upward. That is why there are not photos showing the model resting on the landing gear.
Although it is a small scale, the details are very impressive. From the photos one can see and appreciate the transparent cockpit windshield, as well as the other transparent parts in the different gun positions and view ports. The propellers are free to rotate and very smooth. If one blows onto the front of the plane, all four propellers start spinning.
A stand where the model can be attached for display is included and the model's info (type of airplane and scale) is printed.
The maker of the model really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very clear and crisp.What really caught my attention, however, is the way the markings and coloring. Look at the photos and you will see very clear and crisp nose art and markings.
These models come in what could be described as a disposable blister pack (sandwiched between two transparent plastic shells and then glued/attached to a piece of cardboard with the branding info. There is really nothing spectacular about the packaging, but at the end, the packaging is supposed to be disposable and with the sole function protecting the model, which it does very well.
All weapons are already attached to the model. One just needs to open the pack and display it (or play with it).
Keep in mind that these are really not toys, they are models made for collecting and display purposes. The packaging is labeled as Not Suitable for children under 14 years old.
The Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter is a long-range heavy military cargo aircraft developed from the B-29 and B-50 bombers. Design work began in 1942, with the prototype's first flight being on 9 November 1944, and the first production aircraft entered service in 1947. Between 1947 and 1958, 888 C-97s in several versions were built, 811 being KC-97 tankers. C-97s served in the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Some aircraft served as flying command posts for the Strategic Air Command, while others were modified for use in Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadrons (ARRS).