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TOPIC: B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - INTERIOR WORK

B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - INTERIOR WORK 04 May 2019 22:24 #1

The prototype XB-29 first flew in 1942. From its introduction to service in May 1944 until retirement in June 1960, 3,970 B-29's had been built. It had fought in WW2 and Korea and served with the USAAC/USAF, RAF and RAAF. Due to its robustness and power it served in many roles. Its most famous role was as a bomber (B-29) in the CBI and Pacific Theatres. It was also used for cargo carrier (CB-29), SAR (SB-29), Photo Recon (F-13), Weather Recon (WB-29), AAR (KB-29), ELINT (RB-29), Mothership for the parasite fighter and X-1 programs (EB-29) and trainer/target tug (TB-29) duties.

In Dec 1945 the order for 200 B-29D's was reduced to 60 aircraft and its designation changed to the B-50. Boeing also used the B-29/50 as the basis for the C-97/Model377 Stratocruiser family of transports and airliners.

The Soviet Union reverse engineered the B-29 as the Tu-4 bomber and the Tu-70 and Tu-75 transport. Only the Tu-4 was to see operational service with the Soviet Union from 1949 to 1960 and the China's PLAAF from 1953 to 1988. Tupolev built 897 aircraft as well as several experimental and development airframes that led ultimately to the Tu-95 Bear.

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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - STARTUP 05 May 2019 08:54 #2

Going OD on this? :popcorn
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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - STARTUP 05 May 2019 09:07 #3

Neat subject!!! The former mayor of MP/Eric/my small town was a pilot on these post war. His was was converted into an air-refueling type. Neat choice!
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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - STARTUP 05 May 2019 09:25 #4

moon puppy wrote:
Going OD on this? :popcorn

I am. All markings in this kit are for OD/NG aircraft in the CBI, 3 operated as bombers/cargo carriers and 2 converted to tankers.

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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - STARTUP 05 May 2019 10:32 #5

I will be watching. . . .

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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - STARTUP 05 May 2019 10:34 #6

RichB wrote:
moon puppy wrote:
Going OD on this? :popcorn

I am. All markings in this kit are for OD/NG aircraft in the CBI, 3 operated as bombers/cargo carriers and 2 converted to tankers.

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I read somewhere that the paint scheme added 1500 lbs to the aircraft. I still think the OD scheme is cool.
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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - STARTUP 05 May 2019 19:02 #7

Cool project :popcorn
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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - INTERIOR WORK 12 Jun 2019 19:59 #8

Started some work in the cockpit. Adding the side consoles for the pilots, cutback the floor so the FE has room for his legs, moved the Navs seat mount a little bit forward so he could reach the table and adding some boxes and conduit to the LH fuselage.

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Drilled out the holes in the LH bomb rack structure.

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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - INTERIOR WORK 12 Jun 2019 22:08 #9

So bomb bay will be open? :popcorn
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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - INTERIOR WORK 12 Jun 2019 22:52 #10

That's the plan.

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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - INTERIOR WORK 13 Jun 2019 01:00 #11

Very cool!... :popcorn

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B-29 Superfortress (Academy 1/72) - INTERIOR WORK 13 Jun 2019 10:18 #12

Looks like you've been getting after it. Lots of projects! :good

Looking forward to seeing this big ole thing come together.
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