I've been working on this project for the last nine months, and have been able to apply the finishing touches today.
A full build thread is here:
This started life as a basic vacform from the old ID Models range (now available from John 'Tigger' Wilkes:
The 'small' fuselage in the above image is the 1/48th Monogram B-29 which I used to guide me throughout this build.
There was absolutely no interior with this kit so it has all had to be made from scratch. The tools of the trade were simply Evergreen strip, plastic card and Milliput, plus plenty of good references.
Here's the cockpit under construction:
And when painted:
The whole interior received this treatment, along with the bomb-bays and wheel bays.
I chose to finish my model as "Kee Bird" which crash-landed in the Arctic after the crew became lost and she ran out of fuel in 1947. Laying undisturbed for nearly 50 years this aircraft was sadly lost during a recovery attempt in 1994.
Due to her long range snooping over the former USSR, "Kee Bird" was fitted with four long-range auxiliary fuel tanks in the bomb-bays; these too had to be made from scratch:
There were no engines or propellers in this kit so the engines were castings of the ZM Skyraider engine, and the props came from a Vintage Fighter Series P-47, which after a little re-profiling fitted perfectly:
The cowl flaps were made from drinks can alloy to gain a scale thickness:
The kit's transparencies were used for the observation/gunner blisters:
The clear nose was also the kit's, but for the other windows I simply dropped clear acetate into the apertures I cut earlier in the build:
(Part 2 to follow)