1:144 Scale Diecast Metal - Rockwell B-1B Lancer Bomber - Length: 12" Wingspan: 6.5”
This B-1B model has an optional landing gear where the pieces can be inserted to show the extended landing gear or omitted to give the appearance of the retracted position. However, if the landing gear is omitted, it does not exactly represent the inflight configuration as the wheel wells will be visibly empty. A display stand with information about the particular model is included.
PLEASE NOTE: The wings are fixed, they do not swing. Also, the model is "tail heavy" which means that when it is resting on the landing gear, the tail side of the model is heavier than the front side and so the model will tilt backwards making the nose point upward (that is why there are no photos of the model resting on the landing gear)
At a 1/144 scale, this model is compatible with the airline models. What is interesting is that the cockpit windshield in this model is actually made of clear plastic with very detailed painting. I mention this because in the airline models it is usually just painted on.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The maker of this model, Amercom, did a good job with this model, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved).
The packaging of these models is very minimal, nothing more than a simple Styrofoam box and a transparent plastic sleeve wrapped around. There is no lettering or coloring in the packaging. The packaging, however, does a very good job of protecting the model for shipping.
The pack measures 12 inches by 9.5 inches by 3 inches.
The Rockwell B-1 Lancer[N 1] is a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered heavystrategic bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF). It was first envisioned in the 1960s as asupersonic bomber with Mach 2 speed, and sufficient range and payload to replace the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. It was developed into the B-1B, primarily a low-level penetrator with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitude. It is commonly called the "Bone" (originally from "B-One").
Designed by Rockwell International (now part of Boeing), development was delayed multiple times over its history due to changes in the perceived need for manned bombers. The initial B-1A version was developed in the early 1970s, but its production was canceled, and only four prototypes were built. The need for a new platform once again surfaced in the early 1980s, and the aircraft resurfaced as the B-1B version with the focus on low-level penetration bombing. However, by this point, development of stealth technology was promising an aircraft of dramatically improved capability. Production went ahead as the B version would be operational before the "Advanced Technology Bomber" (which became the B-2 Spirit), during a period when the B-52 would be increasingly vulnerable. The B-1B entered service in 1986 with the USAF Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a nuclear bomber.
In the early 1990s, following the Gulf War and concurrent with the disestablishment of SAC and its reassignment to the newly formed Air Combat Command (ACC), the B-1B was converted to conventional bombing use. It first served in combat during Operation Desert Fox in 1998 and again during the NATO action in Kosovo the following year. The B-1B has supported U.S. and NATO military forces inAfghanistan and Iraq. The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s, with the Long Range Strike Bomber to start supplementing the B-1B in 2030.