Monogram 1/48th scale

B-29 Superfortress

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     The Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress is very much in the mould of their classic B-17G. I obtained my kit from EBay. Unlike the B-17G this bigger brother was not well served by the aftermarketeers until late 2013 when Eduard serviced it with a plethora of new resin and photoetch. You may also be able to use few generic items normally destined for the B-17G. Items available in 2014 are:

 

  • Eduard B-29 colour photoetch Seatbelts 49617

  • Eduard B-29 colour photoetch interior 49616

  • Eduard B-29 photoetch exterior-undercarriage 48743

  • Eduard B-29 phototech surface details 48744

  • Eduard B-29 phototech rear equipment 49634

  • Squadron vacformed Canopies

  • KMC Propeller Blades

  • Engines & Things CW R-3350-23, -35, -51, etc ENT48087

  • Cutting Edge corrected Cowlings

  • True Details Boeing B-29/B-50 weighted resin wheels TD48032

  • True Details 48543 B-29 Propellers

  • True Detail TD41028 B-29 Paint Masks

  • Paragon resin flaps

  • Conversion to a turret-less version

  • Verlinden Crew Packs

Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress

 

  • Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage (48002)

  • Iliad Design decals "Camouflaged B-29s" set 48021

  • True Details Propellers set 48543

  • Engines & Things ENG48091 CW R-3350-23 18 cyl long nose for B-29

Kit Photos

Profile Publications Number 101 Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress
The Profile Publications Number 101 that comes free with the kit. Note the price on this - "Two Shillings"! I don't recall if this was how Monogram packed it or whether the EBay seller included it. The Instructions for the Monogram kit shown in pictures. The PDF containing this information can be found here. The Instructions for the Monogram kit shown in pictures. The PDF containing this information can be found here. The original kit decals. Somewhat brief. The kit comes with Fat Man and Little Boy Nuclear Bombs but the Bockscar and Enola Gay decals are not included.
Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress
Sprue number one. As the kit is second hand all the sprues are de-bagged. The same sprue from the other side. The detail is heavy but there is detail. Ejection Pin markings spoil some details. The other sprues are silver but this one is black. Half the sprue goes unmentioned on the instructions. The same black sprue from the reverse. It contains crew men and those two nuclear bombs.
Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress
Second sprue showing props, tail, bombs, undercarriage, engines and engine cowlings. The same sprue from reverse. The third sprue is essentially the same as sprue two but here we see the Cutting Edge cowlings with their corrected chin air intakes. The same sprue reversed. Note here that these last two sprues appear to have blanking plates suitable for Enola Gay.
Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress
The clear sprue. The upper and lower parts for the right wing which are separated from their sprues. Same items from the inside. The sprue that had contained the wings also contains a wing spar and bomb racks.
Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress Monogram 1/48th scale B-29 Superfortress
Same sprue reversed showing the undercarriage bay doors. The final sprue which is largely a repeat of the last sprue with the left wing and the other wing spar. Reverse of the same sprue. A few loose bits found in the box. The kit does appear complete. Note the turret blanking plates.

Aftermarket Extras

Cutting Edge corrected cowlings Squadron vacformed canopies True Details resin wheels
Those Cutting Edge corrected cowlings with those revised chin intakes. The Squadron vacformed canopies. The True Details resin wheels - lots of them... Scale Aircraft Conversions white metal undercarriage purchased in March 2010. A dissappointing copy of the kit undercarriage with no obvious improvement other than strength.
Eduard set 49617 photoetch seatbelts in colour Eduard set 49617 photoetch seatbelts in colour Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour
Eduard set 49617 photoetch seatbelts in colour Eduard set 49617 photoetch seatbelts in colour Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour
       
Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour Eduard 49634 B-29 rear interior
Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour Eduard set 49616 photoetch interior in colour Eduard 49634 B-29 rear interior
Eduard 49634 B-29 rear interior Eduard 49634 B-29 rear interior Eduard 48744 B-29 exterior Eduard 48744 B-29 exterior
Eduard 49634 B-29 rear interior Eduard 49634 B-29 rear interior Eduard 48744 B-29 exterior Eduard 48744 B-29 exterior
Eduard 48746 B-29 bomb tails Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage
Eduard 48746 B-29 bomb tails Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage
Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage True Details 48543 B-29 Propellers Metallic Details B-29 Flaps MD4814
Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage Eduard 48743 B-29 undercarriage True Details 48543 B-29 Propellers Metallic Details B-29 Flaps MD4814 from Hannants - July 2017.
Metallic Details B-29 Flaps MD4814      
Metallic Details B-29 Flaps MD4814 from Hannants - July 2017.      

Decals

 
Added on the 11th Feb 2011: Iliad 48201 Camouflaged B-29s. Iliad 48201 Camouflaged B-29s. Iliad 48201 Camouflaged B-29s.  

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