Boeing B-29 Superfortress – 1/32nd scale vacform
This was a huge undertaking, in both the challenge it provided and the sheer size of this kit.
An ID Models 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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