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  1. This monster has been in my to do pile for a few years now, but having just returned from a trip to the USA, I have finally been given the inspiration I need to get started. First up, I came face to face with Enola Gay: Then Bocks Car: And most impressive of them all was seeing FIFI at the Thunder Over Michigan Airshow: Even better, I got to go inside her: ...and whilst holding that iconic Boeing control column I decided there and then that when I got home this was going to be my next long term, vacform project. The kit itself is enormous, I've not seen one bigger, although I think the 1/48th B-52 also from ID Models could well pip it to the post. Here is the fuselage at a whopping 36" - the 'small' fuselage next to it is the Monogram 1/48th B-29: And the wings - a quick measure gives a span of approx. 54". Again, the 'small' wings are the Monogram 1/48th kit: This was a very old unwanted kit at some point and the stabilsers are missing; instead I have a spare set from a Combal Models 1/32nd B-17 which with some modification will substitue nicely: The transparencies were also missing in my kit, so Tigger WIlkes (who has the molds for these now) kindly made me a new set - they are beautifully clear too! Again a nice size comparison - here is a 1/48th cowling compared to 1/32nd: As I'm sure you can see from the photo's this is a very basic kit indeed. Altough very accurate shapewise, the kit is devoid of any panel detail, interior, undercarriage, wheel bays, propellers and engines - it's certainly going to be a challenge! The Monogram kit will be used as a guide for scribing and the interior parts. I plan to have a fully detailed interior, wheel bays and open bomb-bays which will all need to be built from scratch. As for the undercarriage, engines and propellers... well I'll cross those bridges as I come to them! Having built Combat Models' B-17 and B-24 in 1/32nd scale and ID's 1/32nd Lancaster too, I know from experience that something usually turns up, and if not... improvise! I've always got a few projects on the go so this one will probably be picked up and put down as with long term builds like this you often need a break and a freshen up! I've pretty much got all the references I need to get started on the flightdeck, so hopefully I'll be able to cut some plastic soon. Tom
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