TU-4 (B-29) Kong Jiang-1 Chinese
1/48 Conversion for Monogram
1/72 Conversion for Academy
Cutting Edge Modelworks
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Catalogue Number and Description & Price
Cutting Edge Modelworks
CEC48469 - TU-4 (B-29) Kong Jiang-1 Chinese AWACS - USD$69.99
CEC72032 - TU-4 (B-29) Kong Jiang-1 Chinese AWACS - USD$42.99
both available online from Meteor Productions
||1/72 & 1/48
Contents and Media:
and images in text below
factor; very unusual subject matter; large, comprehensive conversion covering all exterior requirements; beautifully cast resin
parts; excellent colour instructions; reference photos and high-quality
markings are included
skills required for extensive surgery, parts preparation and alignment
|| Highly Recommended
Reviewed by Mick Evans
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Cutting Edge has added to its kit conversion line,
this time with another interesting conversion based on the Chinese AWACS
aircraft developed using the Boeing B-29 fuselage known as the Soviet
build Tupolev TU-4 Bull.
The TU-4 Bull was fitted with Shanghai WJ-6 turboprop engines a Chinese
copy of the Soviet Ivchenko AI-20K turboprop engines, a large rotating
airborne surveillance radome, and various other lumps and bumps around
the fuselage. The horizontal tail surfaces have been redesigned with
square tips and fins added to the tips. This presumably adds more
lateral stability to counter the large radome.
The aircraft is devoid of any armament, no turrets
are fitted and the rear tail guns are removed although the position is
Cutting Edge's conversion is available in both 1/48 and 1/72 scales. The
1/48 scale conversion is designed for the classic Monogram kit, while
the 1/72 scale set will fit the more recent Academy B-29. The photos and
comments in this review refer to the 1/48 scale offering, but the parts
breakdown and conversion requirements are the same for both scales.
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
This is by no means a simple conversion. Major
surgery is required to remove the lower wing engine nacelles. These are
then replaced with the resin conversion adaptor fittings on to which the
engine nacelles are fitted. The weight of the resin engines will require
considerable support to hold them onto the wing. It is worth considering
two-part epoxy glue for this job.
The removal and blanking off of the gun turrets is the other major task
and the instructions provide a simple solution - purchase the Cutting
Edge conversion CEC 48478 B-29 Turretless Conversion set. Alternatively,
blanks can be scratch built from plastic card.
Fitting the support mounts for the revolving radome
will require some careful marking and drilling of the fuselage. Accuracy
here will make the installation quite straight forward.
The horizontal stabilisers are easily converted by cutting the rounded
tips off and gluing the square extensions on. The remaining lumps and
bumps are installed as per the instructions and most are simply glued
The remainder of the kit is constructed per Monogram’s instruction
sheet, but one major thing to bear in mind is the centre of gravity.
While the weight of the engines is significant the Monogram B-29
required a lot of weight to prevent the model being a tail sitter. The
weight of the engines is a great help here until you add the weight of
the radome to the rear fuselage, so be prepared to add more weight - and
do some upper-body building to be able to lift the model when you have
Cutting Edge has included some photographs of the aircraft preserved at
the PLAAF museum at Datangshan AB , north of Beijing.
Decals are provided for the Chinese markings and these are to Cutting
Edge’s usual high standard. They are in perfect register and have good
colour saturation. The decals are on thin carrier film and should
snuggle down nicely into the detail.
Highly recommended for builders of unusual conversions.
Thanks to Cutting
Edge Modelworks for the samples
Cutting Edge Modelworks products, including
Cutting Edge Decals,
can be viewed at Meteor Productions
Images and Text Copyright © 2006 by Mick Evans
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