At typical modeling scales, the B-24H and B-24J are practically identical. Note, however, that early B-24Js featured a different nose turret from the turret shared by the B-24Hs and later B-24Js.
Because of obvious vulnerability of early B-24 versions to head-on attack, the B-24H design used a hydraulically powered Emerson A-15 nose turret. The entire aircraft was redesigned to better fit the turret; 50 airframe changes were made, including a redesigned bombardier compartment. The tail turret was given larger windows for better visibility, the Martin top turret received a higher dome, and the waist gunner positions were offset to reduce their interference during battle. Most H model aircraft were built by Ford at the Willow Run factory.
The B-24J was very similar to the B-24H, but shortages of the Emerson turret required use of a modified Consolidated A-6 turret in early J model aircraft. The B-24J featured an improved autopilot (type C-1) and a bombsight of the M-1 series. B-24H sub-assemblies made by Ford and constructed by other companies and any model with a C-1 or M-1 retrofit, were all designated B-24J.
B-24Hs and some B-24Js in RAF service were designated Liberator Mk.VI (a designation that also covered the B-24G), while other B-24Js were designated Liberator Mk.VIII (together with B-24Ls). Some RAF aircraft had a four-gun Bolton-Paul turret in place of the Consolidated-built tail turret; subsequently, some of these aircraft were converted back to the Consolidated turret.
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