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B-29 Turretless Conversion

Cutting Edge 1/48 B-29 Turretless Conversion First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2004 Manufacturer Cutting Edge
Subject B-29 Turretless Conversion Scale 1/48
Kit Number CEC48478 Primary Media Resin
Pros Accurate representation of B-29 configuration used by 509 BG Atomic Bombers and other turretless configurations. Cons Careful surgery of Monogram fuselage required
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) OOP

First Look

For years, modelers have been using the kit-supplied plugs to block off turret holes when modeling the atomic bombers used by the 509th Bomb Group. While this has sufficed for many modelers, those who build for accuracy have either had to develop their own conversions or ignore the blatant problems in accuracy when using the kit parts.

B-29 Turretless Conversion

Meteor has released an interesting fix for the atomic bomber configuration, replacing whole sections of the fuselage to achieve an accurate 'smooth' patch. In addition, the waist blisters require removal and replacement with smaller streamlined windows. The instructions walk the modeler through the careful surgery and transplant which will achieve an accurate fuselage configuration, and when coupled with the soon-to-be-released B-29 corrected cowlings, you'll have one of the most accurate B-29s on the contest table!

This is a nicely done correction for the Monogram kit!

My sincere thanks to Meteor Productions for this review sample!

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