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Airfix Kit A07001 Boeing B-29 Superfortress

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      23.06.2010 00:27
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      A challenging kit at a good price for keen modellers

      The beautiful Boeing B-29 Superfortress has in the minds of most people secured it's place in history by being the plane responsible for ending the 2nd World War. The atomic bombs dropped over Japan were both carried to their destinations by this behemoth.

      The Airfix 1:72 model does not include the famous Enola Gay but rather two different versions. Jostlin' Josie of the 873 bombardment squadron, 498 bomb group, 73 wing. The second version allows you to recreate Eddie Allen which was assigned to 45 bombardment squadron, 40 bomb group, 58 wing. This plane was named after the test pilot of the XB-29 prototype who died during initial testing. The finished model certainly is a fine tribute.

      The model itself is detailed well, so as you can see the rivetting on the skin of the aircraft. However, there will be a need for a little alteration here and there and some putty to fill minor cracks. It is a very tail heavy model so you'll need to balance with a weight in the nose section. Also if you decide to put the landing gear down, make sure that it is perpendicular to the main body rather than the wing to ensure the gear isn't stuck at an angle.

      Even at 1:72 scale it is still a massive model measuring 419mm x 607mm, in addition to the weight means you'll probably need a shelf to display it. It is also listed as an advanced model kit so if this is your first foray into modelling, it might be an idea to get some assistance. This is not a gift set so the glue and eight paints required must be purchased seperatley.

      This model is a nice enough kit although as usual with Airfix there are more detailed and better kits on the matket, the Academy version for instance. That however does not have aircrew and is quite a bit more expensive. The thing is that no matter how many times I say that there are better kits than Airfix, I still end up buying their versions and adding after market parts to improve to the desired standard. I suppose taht must count for something.

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