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