Airfix 1/72nd scale B-29 Superfortress

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Airfix 1/72nd scale B-29 Superfortress

Airfix 1/72nd scale B-29 Superfortress

1.     This Airfix B-29 Superfortress in 1/72 scale is one of the oldest models in my pre-2000 gallery. I probably first built this kit in the 1970's and crudely slapped on some Humbrol 88 Silver Paint with a hand brush....

 

Airfix 1/72nd scale B-29 Superfortress

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2.     I recollect that this model then got moved to my grandmother's house when my parents moved house. This was around 1980. There it sat for a few years before being brought back to our new home.

3.     After a while I completely refurbished this kit to the standard you see here. This is not the sort of thing I would do today but when I was younger I did "recycle" quite a few kits - including some featured here. 4.     I think all the paint was stripped of and everything disassembled. I know I inserted lot of lead in the nose to stop it tail sitting. I then sealed in the nose gear bay and bomb bay with DIY wall filler.

5.     The wall filler strengthened the fuselage making it very rigid but the model became quite heavy. The original Airfix kit had working undercarriage. I had modified the main gear so that it went further backward than originally or was authentic.
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6.     This re-engineering helped stop the tail sitting problem. I then use a heated metal file to press a diamond pattern into the tyres. 7.     This experiment was not successful and the wheel were ruined. However, I wasn't too fussy about this at the time. 8.     I was then experimenting with Tamiya Acrylics. I liked that fact that I could use Acrylic Silver yet overcoat with polyurethane gloss without the gloss melting the metallic paint. 9.     So this model was then brush painted with Tamiya Silver paint. It was then glossed and the decals applied. I think the model is maybe something from the Korean war.
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10.     This shot shows that I airbrushed the exhaust streaks over the wings. Obviously my technique was slowly improving and this was quite an advanced idea for me. 11.     Like every model I ever built this may have ended up a pile of crap but I learnt so much from the various techniques, I experimented with, that it became a worthwhile experience. 12.     Hence I can raise a glass to the Airfix B-29 and thank it for its contribution to my greater wisdom. 13.     A model that lived twice....

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