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Finishing Tom Wolfe's opening line quote to the Right Stuff.. "They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, 750 miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it: The sound barrier. Then, they built a small plane, the X-1, to try and break the sound barrier. And men came to the High Desert in California to ride it. They were called test pilots. And no one knew their names." Actually, if you drive the streets of Edwards Air Base home of the Dryden Flight Research Center you can remember the names of those test pilots at least the ones who never made it back. But in a little over 2 months the 75th Anniversary of Chuck Yeager's historic flight ,that pretty much spit in the eye of that ol' demon, October 14, 1947. Call me totally whacked, but In addition to trying to finish up numerous GB subjects and a really tight building space Im going to attempt to not only build the X-1 "Glamorous Glennis" but the B-29 Mothership. Oh yes, did I mention both in 1/48th? The B-29 will have to be heavily modified, i.e. gun turret removal, bomb bay modification, and the addition of the landing flaps and corrections to the engines, cowlings and whatever else I can et my grubby little mitts on. So this will have a little bi of everything, P/E, scratch building, 3D printed parts, and more than likely one or two nervous breakdowns Somebody call out the guys in the white suit and butterfly nets please? Anyway, here's what we gots to start with.. Part one Eduard's 1/48 X-1 won't need the landing gear so that will simplify things a little. And yes there will be a sawed off broom handle in the cockpit. then we have..... The Monster, I mean Mom.. there was one more parts tree but that is all the black parts, wheels, etc. I forgot to photograph them. As far as I can tell aside from a build long time ago on the ARC forum it hasn't been done much( probably a good reason why, which I'm about to find out) So if there's anyone brave enough, or crazy enough to follow me on this Fool's Parade welcome aboard! All comments suggestions, opinions,(even about my mental state) and even a joke or two to keep me sane are not only welcome but needed. I know I'm going to regret this, but Damn the Martini's, full speed ahead!