1/32nd scale B-29 Superfortress - the "Kee Bird"
This was a nine month project, starting out as a very basic ID Models vacform of the iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress.
The finished model has a wing span of 54" and has been finished in the colours of the 46th Recon. Squadron based at Ladd Field, February 1947.
The real "Kee Bird" sat on the Greenland ice for nearly 50 years before an attempted recovery resulted in a fire and the loss of the aircraft in 1994/5.
A full and in-depth report on this build can be found here: 

  • What I started with. The grey fuselage is the Monogram 1/48th kit
    What I started with. The grey fuselage is the Monogram 1/48th kit
  • The whole interior had to be scratch-built. Here's the cockpit.
    The whole interior had to be scratch-built. Here's the cockpit.
  • Cockpit under paint. The whole interior, bomb-bays and u/c bays were detailed to the same standard - all from scratch!
    Cockpit under paint. The whole interior, bomb-bays and u/c bays were detailed to the same standard - all from scratch!
  • Nose detail - Aeries guns were used.
    Nose detail - Aeries guns were used.
  • Transparencies were done by cutting my own clear acetate to size and dropping them into pre-cut apertures.
    Transparencies were done by cutting my own clear acetate to size and dropping them into pre-cut apertures.
  • The kit's observation/gunner blisters were used.
    The kit's observation/gunner blisters were used.
  • Drink can alloy was used to create in-scale cowl flaps. Engines were copies of the ZM Skyraider, and props were modified 1/24th scale P-47 propellers from VFS.
    Drink can alloy was used to create in-scale cowl flaps. Engines were copies of the ZM Skyraider, and props were modified 1/24th scale P-47 propellers from VFS.
  • "Kee Bird" was fitted with four long-range fuel tanks in the bomb-bays - these had to be made from scratch.
    "Kee Bird" was fitted with four long-range fuel tanks in the bomb-bays - these had to be made from scratch.
  • The undercarriage (nose wheel seen here) all had to be made from scratch.
    The undercarriage (nose wheel seen here) all had to be made from scratch.
  • Tail turret detail.
    Tail turret detail.
  • The nose art was home made.
    The nose art was home made.
  • The whole model had panel lines etc scribed on to it as the kit was devoid of surface details.
    The whole model had panel lines etc scribed on to it as the kit was devoid of surface details.
  • The rudder and elevators were made from scratch.
    The rudder and elevators were made from scratch.
  • Front left three-quarter view.
    Front left three-quarter view.
  • Front right three-quarter view.
    Front right three-quarter view.
  • With a 54" wingspan, this is by far the largest model in my collection.
    With a 54" wingspan, this is by far the largest model in my collection.
  • And a sense of scale - here is the model sitting on a six-seater dining room table!
    And a sense of scale - here is the model sitting on a six-seater dining room table!
What I started with. The grey fuselage is the Monogram 1/48th kit
What I started with. The grey fuselage is the Monogram 1/48th kit