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Aircraft of the United States in WWII.
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B-29 Kit Question
Joined: December 18, 2001
KitMaker: 12,594 posts
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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2002 - 07:58 AM UTC
I'm wondering what a good B-29 kit would be. I built the old Monogram Enola Gay many years ago and do not want to build one that big. I've also seen a 1:144 scale one which seems to be just a tad too small. Is there one in 1:100 scale? Barring that, what is a good 1:72 scale one to look for?
Joined: March 18, 2002
KitMaker: 181 posts
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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2002 - 08:43 AM UTC
I know of six kits:

Monogram (1/48)
Academy/Minicraft (1/72)
Airfix (1/72)
Academy (1/144)
Crown/Arii/Revell/Minicraft (1/144)
Fujimi (1/144)

Ignore the last two, they are either expensive (Fujimi) or very fiddily (C/A/R/M). Also, the Airfix is rather old. Go with the Academy kit if you want 1/72.

There is a thread discussing relative merits on RMS written in 1997, but still applicable.

Monogram 1/48 kit:
Colour and build tips
Notes for superdetailing
Boeing B-29 Tarzon Bomber
'Lucky Leven'

Academy 1/72 kit:
Reveiew of 'Bock's Car' boxing
'Bock's Car'

Revell 1/144 kit
Revell-Monogram B-29 "Squadron 144"

Not a B-29, rather an article on the Academy 1/72 KC-97L that may help with respect to aftermarkt parts and also finishing.

As a final note, the 1/72 Airfix kit has a 610mm (24") wingspan and 420mm (16.5") length, so of course the Monogram will be 1220mm (48") and 840mm (33"). That may pose some storage problems.

United States
Joined: August 17, 2002
KitMaker: 131 posts
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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2002 - 10:10 AM UTC
Linz is right on the mark!!
1/72 B-29 by Academy is the way to go. They also have several different versions.
They also have some other 4-engine prop subjects. (B-17,B-24 etc....)
Good Luck!!
Warszawa, Poland
Joined: October 10, 2002
KitMaker: 312 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 07:45 PM UTC
Hi , I 'm the New Guy , but Interesed in US. Modern and WWII aircraft , and also modeler .

I did B-29 from Academy in 1/72 scale and like Linz and lambertjr says is the best model in this scale . Academy done some version of B-29 - Enola G , Bocks Car and You have KB-29 Air Tanker . If You want to have B-50 also Academy have this model . For better reduit model I sugest Eduard PhotoEtched Parts , Aires cannons and AeroMaster decals for Korean War . Hard job but B-29 looks very beauty.

Best Regards
Cape Province, South Africa
Joined: July 07, 2002
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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2002 - 06:20 PM UTC
I have heard nothing but good things 'bout tha academy one, you can check it out at www.academyhobbys.com and follow the various links.
England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: January 20, 2002
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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2002 - 05:40 AM UTC
Hi there
Don't even think about the airfix B29 it is an old kit and would need loads of filler etc to close gaps etc.