1:144 Scale Metal Diecast – Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay – Length: 8.25" Wingspan: 11.5”
This B-29 model is made of a combination of metal and plastic parts. The landing gear comes fixed in the extended position. Some very basic assembly is needed by attaching the propellers to the engines. The propellers are made of plastic and are very finely made and detailed, so one needs to be very careful so as to not bend them out of shape while attaching them to the engines. The propeller are supposed to be snap-fit (or more exactly, friction fit) so no glue is needed.
A basic plastic display stand is included.
This particular model represents the Enola Gay, which is the plane that dropped the atomic bomb (code name Little Boy) over Hiroshima.
The maker of the model, DeAgostini, really did a good job with the model, the panel lines and details are very crisp and one can see the little dots that represent the rivets holding down the panels.
The packaging is quite basic, the model comes packed between two transparent plastic clam shells and these are attach to a cardboard background. The clam shells are quite strong and keep the model safe for shipping.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The package measures 11" x 11" x 3"
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeingand was flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft operational during World War II and very advanced for its time. It featured a pressurized cabin, all dual wheeled, tricycle landing gears, and a remote, electronic fire-control system that controlled four machine gun turrets. A manned tail gun installation was semi-remote. The name "Superfortress" continued the pattern Boeing started with its well-known predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress. Designed for high-altitude strategic bomber role, the B-29 also excelled in low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombingmissions. One of the B-29's final roles during World War II was carrying out the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.