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A Nuclear Bomber Build - Boeing B-29A Superfortress 'Enola Gay'

Back last October, I started construction of an Academy Boeing B-29A Superfortress - however due to railway commission work I didn't get very far (and it was proving a challenging kit)

 

A big box of parts..

 

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Start of the cockpit..

 

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Test fitting in the fuselage

 

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Cockpit, tunnel & rear crew area test fitted together.

 

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Crew area's painted.

 

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Fuselage nearly ready to close up, along with a few other bits..

 

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After an awful lot of coins in the swear jar (and insulating tape)- the fuselage is together..

 

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In order to create the A version - there's a lot of filing & sanding involved.

 

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Dry fit of the wings (tail empernage is fitted)

 

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Also a lot of ballast is needed to get the center of gravity right!

 

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Even more filling and sanding needed..

 

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And imagine the swearing when I saw where they'd put the ejector pins on the nose wheels!!

 

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Aftermarket to the rescue there - courtesy of Hannants..

 

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Somehow the main canopy needs a 20 thou styrene packer on the port side to fit properly!

 

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And on that disappointment - that's all for now..

 

.. till next time

 

TBG

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It's 8 15 . That's the time that it's always been. We've got your message on the radio, condition's normal and we're coming home.

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13 minutes ago, gwrrob said:

It's 8 15 . That's the time that it's always been. We've got your message on the radio, condition's normal and we're coming home.

 

I'll have her finished by then ;)

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I made the airfix version as a kid!.., are you going to finish it in the stick on aluminium foil stuff?

Seen a few planes done in that, whilst it sounds a bit of a nightmare to apply, it does give the aircraft a most realistic look..

 

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Thanks for sharing your build. Takes me back to Airfix Kits and Woolworths on a Saturday....

 

Hope you have more luck with yours...

 

 

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