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B-29 Corrected Cowlings

Cutting Edge 1/48 B-29 Corrected Cowlings First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Preview October 2004 Manufacturer Cutting Edge
Subject B-29 Corrected Cowlings Scale 1/48
Kit Number CEC48477 Primary Media Resin
Pros Direct replacement for Monogram cowlings, accurate profiles Cons Resin molding blocks require care for removal
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) OOP

First Look

When I first heard about this correction, I wondered just how signifcant the differences in profile are between what Monogram captured in their monsterous 1/48 B-29 Superfortress kit and 'reality'.

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It seems that Monogram's engineers did accurately capture the profile of the cowling, they just got it upsidedown! The top of the real B-29 cowling curves over the front bank of cylinders down to the round cooling air intake. The bottom of the cowl is relatively flat due to the air intake duct and resulting chin air scoop. In the Monogram kit, the flat profile wound up on top of the cowl and the rounded portion on the bottom, which distorts the shape of the chin scoop.

You can see in the photo on the right the Monogram cowling on the left and the Cutting Edge cowling on the right. The shape of the chin scoop is definitely different in this shot. This correction definitely corrects the profile of the four cowlings and even includes numerous pushrods if you elect to show the cowl flap actuators.

My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!

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