What are the most expensive airplane model kits available today?

1_32 B17G

B-17 Flying Fortress in scale 1:32

1:32 scale plastic model airplanes tend to be more expensive than smaller scales. Undoubtedly one of the most expensive and large plastic scale model airplanes is the HK 1:32 B-17G Flying FortressSee here the model for sale.

The model sells for $339.99. This is a massive scale model airplane. Amazingly the model only has 577 parts, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to build. Before buying this model you should consider where and how you are going to display it. Its wing span is approximately 1 meter.

Here is a video review of the kit I found on YouTube: The “NEW” HK Models 1/32 B-17G Flying Fortress “First Look”

Monogram B-29 in scale 1:48

Monogram B-29 in scale 1:48

Another expensive model is the Revell 1:48 B-29 Superfortress, selling for around $235.00. You can view here a sample of this model I built several years ago and a detailed explanation including photos and videos.  I modified the model adding electric motors and interior LED lights, LED navigation lights, wire antennas and sections of the fuselage were covered with aluminum foil. It took me about six months to complete the model.

This model of the B-29 has a detailed bomb bay and bomb load, detailed interior and cockpit. All gun turrets rotate. The quality of the kit is fairly good.

Tupolev Tu-114

This is also an impressive and expensive model: With its four propeller, the Amodel Tupolev Tu-114 in scale 1:72 is a large model even at this scale. See here the model for sale. The model sales for $329.99.

What is the most expensive scale model you’ve built? Comment below…


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One of the Most Famous Scale Models

USS Enterprise Model

USS Enterprise Model
Image Number: 94-2213
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

The USS Enterprise scale model on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC is indistinguishable one of the most famous scale models in the world. This model is seen by millions of museum visitors each year. The model of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise CVN-65 in scale 1:100 was acquired by the museum in 1982. It measures 11-foot and is highly detailed. The model was built by Stephen W. Henninger who spent 1,000 hours a year for a period of 12 years building this formidable model.

The USS Enterprise model has a total of 85 individual aircraft and shows the configuration the ship had back in 1975 when it was in service. Some of the airplanes displayed with the model include: the F-14 Tomcat, EA-6B and A-7E. This carrier was the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and it was commissioned on November 25, 1961. The carrier was deactivated on December 1st, 2012.

General Characteristics of the USS Enterprise:

  • Propulsion System: Eight nuclear reactors
  • Propellers: Four with five blades each
  • Catapults: Four
  • Aircraft Elevators: Four
  • Arresting Gear Cables: Four
  • Total Length: 1,123 feet
  • Flight Deck Width: 257 feet
  • Area of Flight Deck: 4.5 acres
  • Beam: 132.8 feet
  • Draft: 39 feet
  • Displacement: 93,500 tons at full load (approximately)
  • Speed: 30+ knots
  • Planes: approximately 85
  • Crew: Ship: 3200 and Air Wing: 2480
  • Armament: Three MK29 NATO Sea Sparrow launchers and three 20mm Phalanx CIWS MK 15

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