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'Kee Bird' B-29 Revell / Monogram 1/48

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4 years 1 month ago - 4 years 1 month ago #1 by johnsnz
Hi,

I'm thinking of Building a B-29 and like the look of 'Kee Bird' in its post War Arctic Recce colour Scheme. 'Kee Bird' is an interesting B-29 with a significant history.


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I was wondering if however it was eligible for this GB as Kee Bird was a late production B-29 Built in Late August Early September 1945. Basically on the Cusp of the end of WW2.

As per Wikipedia:

Assigned to the 46th Reconnaissance Squadron, the Kee Bird was originally a standard Block 95 B-29 Superfortress bomber manufactured at Boeing's Wichita, Kansas plant in late August or September 1945, c/n 13662, one of the last B-29s manufactured. It was initially delivered to Grand Island Army Airfield, Nebraska as USAAF Serial 45-21768. However, once delivered it was not assigned to any unit until early 1946 when the 46th RS was formed.

So while a build of 'Kee Bird' would meet all of the requirements of the GB I cannot pin an exact build date on her so it might not have been built in WW2 but only by a few Days.

Thoughts?

Cheers
John
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4 years 1 month ago #2 by Gary
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I'd be happy for this to be entered, it was an aircraft designed and used during WWII and while this particular aircraft doesn't have a combat history I think it would make a good addition because of it's lineage.



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4 years 1 month ago #3 by johnsnz
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Hi Gary,

Thanks for your kind consideration. I'll start Assembling the bits I need to get the build underway.

Cheers

John

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4 years 1 month ago - 4 years 1 month ago #4 by johnsnz
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Ok I'm going to build 'Kee Bird' using the Revell / Monogram 1:48 B-29.


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I have this boxing which is the Updated Revell I think it has the additional Hamilton Standard props. Kee Bird used the cuffed Curtiss electrics which are also in the box. I think you also get some Rebecca antennas which Kee Bird had and the bits for a silver plate B-29...

Kits world does the 'Kee Bird' Decal set..


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Which looks like a nice scheme for a B-29 as its a bit different to the All over NMF. I wonder if it was delivered with the Black undersides??

I'm toying with the idea of getting some replacement wheels for it.

So there you go the plan.
More later...
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4 years 1 month ago #5 by Bishop
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A great looking example. Watching, watching...

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4 years 1 month ago #6 by Tiger
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Looks like a nice kite to build, fairly large too in 1/48 :)

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4 years 1 month ago #7 by johnsnz
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Aye it's a big old thing. I've never built anything this large....

Here is the box shot...

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And a shot of the unstarted plastic

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It's going to be an interesting build...

Cheers

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4 years 1 month ago #8 by Xtr3meNZer
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Good luck!

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4 years 1 month ago #9 by johnsnz
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Yes luck might come in handy...

So I've made a start....

The nose gear well and flight deck assembly

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And the ubiquitous taped fuselage together shot at which point you gulp and think feck where am I going to keep this thing...

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The cat is 1:1......

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4 years 1 month ago #10 by Grant
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Nice. Have fun with the kit. It's a beast. :)

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4 years 1 month ago #11 by Bishop
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Nice kit, and nice kitty

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4 years 1 month ago #12 by Flying_Kiwi
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I still haven't finished mine!!!!!

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4 years 1 week ago - 4 years 1 week ago #13 by johnsnz
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So a bit of progress...

I have done the initial paint on the cockpit and interior of the fuselage.
Built the rear gunners station and the mid point fuselage station.



There seems little point in bothering with the bunk beds and strictly speaking they are incorrect for a late model B-29. I'm also not going to bother with the radio op / navigator / flight engineer station up front. Little can be seen of it once the fuselage is closed and the space can be pressed into service for some additional nose weight.

I've also re-scribed the fuselage halves which was easy as the thing is so big.. I'll add some rivet detail once the fuselage halves are joined..

I really like this kit while its big it's actually really simple.

Cheers
John
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4 years 6 days ago #14 by Powder
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johnsnz wrote: I wonder if it was delivered with the Black undersides??


Very interesting subject. I'd never heard of 'Kee Bird' but there's plenty to read about on the web. Sad that it came so close to flying again.
The wiki page for the aircraft includes a photo claiming to be Kee Bird in all over NMF but tbh I don't see much in the photo that positively identifies it as Kee Bird.
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4 years 6 days ago #15 by Tiger
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Hey John
Great start and looking good :)

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4 years 6 days ago - 4 years 6 days ago #16 by Flying_Kiwi
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Great subject, i have a soft spot for "Ice birds" having read many books on some of the flights that never made it.

I saw the documentary of the Kee Bird on the Nat Geo channel a few months ago and it is such a gut punch at the end, The guys do so much work over so many years and get the thing actually taxi-able only for the APU in the tail to cause the fire. A great doco to watch even if the ending is so sad

you'll enjoy this kit, you will need alot of bench space!!! Grant and i had the same issue!

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4 years 5 days ago #17 by johnsnz
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Thanks for the interest and comments..

It sure is s big build.. But I have a good bit of space..,

Here is where I'm at with the cockpit. It stick out of the box so far... The monogram detail is great OOB more so when you consider this dates from 1977 I think...

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As I said the Nav radio op and flight engineers station really is not able to be seen so I'll use this space for some nose weight. I'll probably turn s brass weight up at work to sit by the pressure bulkhead
I may add a curtian between the armour plate by the seats to restrict the view into the rear but looking at the glazing I don't think you'll see much.

Cheers
John
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4 years 5 days ago #18 by arrowtrader
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Very nice !

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4 years 5 days ago #19 by Xtr3meNZer
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Yes, this is nicely detailed for such an old kit. Looking good man.

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3 years 11 months ago #20 by Bishop
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Looks great!!! Nicely painted up indeed

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3 years 11 months ago #21 by Maarten
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Nice

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3 years 11 months ago #22 by Wally
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Excellent detail for age, and very nicely painted and finished.
Looking great!

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