Monday, October 18, 2010

Revell 1/48 scale B-29 Superfortress parts trees & decal sheet build WWII Atomic Bomber vintage military aircraft 1940's 1950's Roland Dressler

Great winter project
The kit you wanted to buy when you were a Kid ,
but didn't have the money .
Now, you can afford to buy it and have the time to build it!
Kit # 85-5711
1/48 scale
Boeing B-29 Super Fortress
Decal Sheet Markings in reissued kit are provided for building two aircraft:

B-29-5-BW, 26299, 770 BS/462 BG, 'Humpin Honey', Chengtu, China, July 1944

B-29A, 461657, 30 BS/19 BG, 'Cream of the Crop', Kadena AB, Japan, 1951
Reissued version of this model kit includes parts tree to build the Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki
You can build 'Enola Gay' and 'Bocks Car' but you'll need to purchase aftermarket decals for these aircraftRevell Kit #85-5711

Pros: Great detail & new cuffless propellers

It's the recent reissues of the classic Monogram model kit

1/48 Scale Plastic model in factory sealed box

Mint condition

Never opened

Length: 24 3/4 inches

Wingspan: 35 1/4 inches

Highly detailed interior , cockpit and bomb bay with bomb load

Molded gray plastic parts with realistic surface details and recessed panel lines

Hamilton Standard Propellers

Early style AN/PDQ-13 RADOME and SCR-959 IFF
antenna assemblies

Five Crew Member Figures

Rotating gun turret

Detailed landing gear

Clear molded plastic windshield, blister and nose parts

Authentic silkscreen waterline decal markings

Illustrated assembly guide

Decal marking included to build version
Boeing B-29A-40BN
Cream of the Crop
19th Bombardment Group
30th Bombardment Squadron
Kadena Air Force Base
Guam 1951

In the Summer of 1950 the Superfortress returned to combat in the skies over KoreaThe first unit to see combat was brought up from Guamto be stationed at Kadena Air Base on the Island of OkinawaOther B-29 units were deployed to Yokota Air Base in JapanFrom these bases the B-29 Bombers could easily fly to any Korean target

The fuselage measures out over 25 inches long and is the cornerstone of Revell-Monogram's hayday where big was beautiful.

This 1/48 B-29 was one of several huge aircraft models produced by Revell-Monogram, which also includes the 1/48 B-17F, 1/48 B-17G, 1/48 Visible B-17G, 1/72 B-36 and 1/72 B-52D.

Molded in light gray styrene (as opposed to the silver styrene in earlier releases), the kit is absolutely impressive with all of its detailing.

Even by today's standards, this kit features very nice interior and exterior details.

The kit does feature raised panel lines as all Revell-Monogram kits of that era did.

Despite the age of the molds, there is very little flash on any of the parts and the molded details are as crisp as ever.

There is one significant change in this kit - new propellers!

The original cuffed propellers are still in the kit should the example you're modeling be so-equipped.

However, many modelers over the years had complained that the B-29s that they wanted to model used the cuff-less props, creating a void that had previously been filled with replacement props from the cottage industries.

Today, the kit comes with both types.

You'll note that unlike some of the earlier re-releases of this kit, this issue has the parts trees for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, should you want to build 'Enola Gay' or 'Bocks Car' from some of the aftermarket decals.

Another aspect of this kit that is also impressive are the instructions.

Despite its size and the number of parts.... these well-illustrated instructions have the model airplane assembled in five steps (with a number of sub-assemblies in each step, of course).

Each complete step takes only one page in the instruction booklet, meaning that this remains a simple build.

Markings are provided for two aircraft:

B-29-5-BW, 26299, 770 BS/462 BG, 'Humpin Honey', Chengtu, China, July 1944

B-29A, 461657, 30 BS/19 BG, 'Cream of the Crop', Kadena AB, Japan, 1951

I have included a photo of decal sheet

Boeing approached the Army Air Corp to propose an improved version of their capable B-17 Flying Fortress.
At the time, the AAC was still getting acquainted with the B-17 and didn't have a requirement for an aircraft with the capabilities outlined by Boeing.
The year was 1938.
By 1940 however, the storm clouds of war were gathering on the horizon and Boeing was contracted for three prototype aircraft (Consolidated also received a contract for three prototypes of their B-32 Dominator).

Designed to fly above and faster than the threats of the day, the first B-29 flew in September, 1942.
By the time the B-29 did get into full production, the decision had been made to focus the aircraft's capabilities in the Pacific where bomb load and range were critical.
B-29s operated out of China as well as operating from island runways as the allied forces pushed their way toward Japan.

Most people associate the B-29 with the atomic bombs, and indeed the B-29 was the only US bomber with the capacity to loft the early bombs (the British Lancaster had also been considered), though this capability was limited to the aircraft of the 509th Bomb Group.
The B-29 also served in Korea as the fledgling USAF's principal heavy bomber.

During its career, some B-29s were modified into the USAF's first operational air refueling aircraft, the KB-29.

Confiscated B-29s were reverse engineered by the Soviets and produced as the Tupolev Tu-4 Bull.

Even the Chinese operated the aircraft, producing the Tu-4 themselves