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B-29 Turretless Conversion
USD$29.99 from Meteor
Contents and Media:
||8 parts in
grey resin; clear resin sprue; Black Magic masks
subjects from this conversion; smooth castings; no visible
imperfections; includes masks for painting bright disks.
"Bondo" Phil Brandt
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B-29s chosen for operation with the famous 509th Composite Group's "Silverplate"
atom bomb carriers featured clean, turretless fuselages which made for
better fuel economy and increased ordnance carriage capability. Fuel
economy was especially important for the very long missions launched
from Tinian in the Marianas. Circa 1967 as a young naviguesser, Bondo
still remembers seeing those impressive eight parallel Tinian runways
painting on his radarscope as his C-124C Shakey Bird headed westbound,
climbing out from Guam. And, Silverplates weren't the only B-29s to get
the cleaned-up treatment; not only were F-13 recce birds so modified,
but, late in the war, Curtis Lemay ruled that the conventional ordnance
B-29 fleet could also become turretless, due to the seriously weakened
Japanese fighter defenses.
The conversion consists of two large fuselage replacement panels, six
smaller ones (all in the characteristic Cutting Edge gray resin) and
three tiny clear observation windows. Also included is a Black Magic set
to mask the chromelike circular panels which replaced the turrets. All
castings are very smooth, with no discernable bubbles or other defects.
Some modelers, when seeing this set might think, "Hey, this is no big
deal; I could do this myself with plastic sheet." Well, with moderate
difficulty, yes, you probably could, but some of us who in years past
would've stepped right up to the scratchbuilding challenge, now have
less time here on earth and are willing to accede to technologic
progress in this, The Golden Age of Modeling.
I always enjoy the specificity of Cutting edge instruction sheets,
and this one is no exception. Follow the steps and notes very carefully,
because there are discrepancies on the original Monogram fuselage
halves, and Cutting Edge has, accordingly, made allowances for the
variations in the parts for each half. Since cuts must be exact, six
marked photos of fuselage areas to be cut out are quite helpful.
Knowledgeable modelers know that Cutting Edge does good stuff. If you
like to build the "biggies" you need this set!
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample.
Cutting Edge Modelworks products are available from
Meteor Productions Website
Text and Images Copyright © 2004 by
"Bondo" Phil Brandt
Page Created 30 November, 2004
Last updated 29 November, 2004
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