s distrust of triplane flying boats such as the Levy-Besson "Alerte"
led the firm to design a version with the more traditional biplane wings, the Georges Levy 40 HB2
. ("HB2" probably stood for Hydravion Bombardement
with a crew of two.). With a 280hp Renault engine, the plane had good performance and it could carry larger bombs than other French flying boats. It entered service in November 1917. One hundred were ordered in France, and twelve were used by the US Navy. Though it was originally designed for two, a crew of three was frequently carried -- two in the communal cockpit and a third in the nose with a flexible Lewis machine gun.
By 1918 it had become the standard in flying boats for the French Navy. It was the first flying boat to carry the new 79 kg (175 lb) anti-submarine bomb, a distinction it alone held for six months.
This model comes in both 1:144 and 1:285/6mm/1:288 scales. The smaller model uses a propeller disk rather than propeller blades (which are difficult to print at small scales). It can be removed and discarded if you prefer.
For more details and gaming information, see https://linen.miraheze.org/wiki/Georges_Levy_40_HB2