So I went to Skyway Models today looking for Panzer Crew for my Panther, no luck there. In the corner under some other kits I did however find a treasure from 1977, the Monogram B-29, complete with diorama sheet! I really need to stop........I[...]
The Commemorative Air Force dropped into Lunken Airport to sell some rides on FIFI, one of two B-29's still flying today. The other newly flying B-29 is DOC, named for the Disney character, and is based out of Wichita, Kansas. Was told by one of[...]
"Fi-Fi," the only flying B-29 in the world (until "Doc"flies sometime this summer) is currently over at Van Nuys Airport thru Sunday. So I played hookey from writing the new book today and went over to see her. Hadn't been near her since she a[...]
The Tip-Tow project, MX-1016, a contract with Republic Aviation, was one of a number of experiments undertaken during the late 1940s and into the 1950s. The object of the experiments was to find some method of increasing the notoriously short ra[...]
In my earlier article about the 2014 IPMS Silverwings show ( I didn't point out my discouraging realization that I had only completed 2 projects in 2014. Both picked up 2d place trophies in their respective categories. One was the F-16 I shared[...]
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 who[...]
Well at long last here is my finished B29 and I have to say it has been a real pleasure, for a very old moulding with raised panel lines it still builds up into a lovely looking kit ,there is a surprising amount of detail in the forward cabin ar[...]
My B-29 in progress. Finally I got the pictures to post.
This is a B-50 created from a Minicraft B-29a and a Minicraft C-97. Both are in 1/144 scale.
I started by cutting the Vertical tail off both kits. I then cut out the gunners cabin from the B-29 and placed it in the C-97's vertical fin. Next was[...]
Here is a link to an article in the AirForce Magazine about the longest combat mission of WWII. Flown by my father Lt. Thomas A. Bell in his B-29 Double Trouble in June 1945.
I have seen his medal and the paperwork and even an article mom cut o[...]