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Boeing B-29 Superfortress – 1/32nd scale vacform

August 28, 2014 · in Aviation · · 16 · 5.1K

This was a huge undertaking, in both the challenge it provided and the sheer size of this kit.

An vacform, this model provided the absolute basics such as the fuselage shell, wings and stabilisers. No interior was provided, so the whole thing had to be made from scratch, including a fully detailed bomb-bay, complete with long-range auxiliary fuel tanks.

The landing gear was made completely from scratch, including the fully detailed bays.

Engines were copies of the ZM Skyraider engine (there's no after-market available for these kits!) and the propellers were modified 1/24th P-47 props.

The transparencies were a mixture of the kit's and being home-made.

Paints were automotive acrylics, with decals either home-made or 'borrowed' from other kits. I finished this model as the famous 'Kee Bird' which crash-landed on the Greenland ice in 1947, until an attempted recovery in 1995 led to an APU fire and the loss of the aircraft.

This is by some way the largest model I've ever built - the span is 54". This took 9 months from cutting the first plastic until completion.

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16 responses

  1. Hello Thomas...WOW, that's an awesome build and quite a modeling accomplishment for sure. That's the first B-29 in that scale that I've ever seen modeled. That scratch-built cockpit is quite outstanding as are the bomb bays and engines. Great paint job too. That's one you can certainly be proud of. Now...where are you going to put it?

  2. Hi Jim, and thanks for the kind comments!

    This, along with a 1/32nd scale Halifax, Lancaster, B-17, B-24 and 1/72nd scale Boeing 747 all live in our spare bedroom, purched upon wardrobes and a king-size double bed. It's fine until we have friends to stay... then the wife does tend to become a little unimpressed.

    I've got a 1/32nd Sunderland and Stirling in the stash, but daren't start them yet until we move somewhere bigger!

  3. Tom after seeing this and the other builds on a different forum , can I say WOW, they look fantastic.
    Vac forms is one territory I will not tread. They are beyond my modest skills.
    Thanks for sharing Tom.

  4. Another unbelievable build Thomas. I was going to ask where you kept them but that has been ask & answered.

  5. Amazing craftsmanship, Thomas...54" wingspan? I can't imagine. At least you didn't need magnifiers, huh? lol
    Perhaps you could add an another photo with a "common object" included, so that we may truly see just how BIG this really is. Stellar build, sir.

  6. oouuuccchhh ! king size ! a monster !

    I'have the 1/48 monogram model but my wife say "STOP ! it's too big..." and I sold it...and cry...

  7. Hi Thomas. A MOST AWESOME BUILD. Congrats! Your work is indicative of what model building is all about. What about a 1/32 B 36 Peacemaker? Just kidding!

  8. said on August 28, 2014

    Remarkable. Stunning. Eye-popping.

    Gotta be a real live air crew in that big-bad-boy.

  9. Another outstanding example of your craftsmanship Tom, truly impressive.

  10. Truly amazing. You, sir, are Krraaaaaayyyy-zzeeeeeee! 🙂

  11. What a great model, what more can I say.
    California Steve

  12. OK, then, another word: incredible!

  13. Outstanding sir! You are a brave man building bombers in 1/32 🙂 . Your scratch building details are amazing.

  14. Many thanks for the feedback gentlemen... I'm glad you like 'the beast!'

  15. Amazing. You must have a very large workbench.

  16. Thomas,
    What else can I add.your kills are awesome

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