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B-29 Decals?
Posted by eddiek1015 on Friday, July 29, 2011 2:32 PM

I've seen this question elsewhere on this forum before, but hoped to get some help. I am a high school American History teacher and had recently bought Monogram's MASSIVE 1:48 B-29. When I bought the kit, I figured I would be forced to come up with some alternative nose art because the old "pin-up" style art included with the kit would be considered inappropriate at my conservative school.

However, when I dug into the box, I found that the kit includes all the necessary parts to build the Enola Gay or Bockscar (turret plugs, bombs, etc.). Apparently, this was a previous release of the model, but Revell was unable to help me in tracking down decals or references for that kit.

Does anyone on the forum have a set of these decals lying around their spares boxes? As much as it pains me to lose all the extra details of the gun turrets, etc, I get excited picturing an atomic bomber, with bay doors open and ready to drop hanging in my classroom. Also, let's face it, where in my home would my wife let me display a model that large?

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, July 30, 2011 8:59 AM

There is a forum just for decals. I'd ask about your problem in that forum.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Green Bay, WI
Posted by redraider56 on Saturday, July 30, 2011 9:24 AM

1/48 B-29 decals are gonna be hard to come by and probly wont be the cheapest either.  Decals for Enola Gay are gonna be pretty to find too.  One ebay right now there is a sheet for "The Great Artiste" which was one of the silverplate B-29s modified to be able to carry the atomic bomb.  6 planes were modified but only Enola Gay and Bockscar would go on missions.  The sheet is listed at $18 but that looks like the only choice for ya right now.  Hope this helps!

-Matt


 

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Posted by eddiek1015 on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 10:33 PM

I appreciate the feedback. And redraider, you are absolutely correct! I've browsed around online and $18 is about the cheapest I've seen for decals for this thing.

I've actually been posting in the aircraft forum on this problem as well, but I'll summarize here...

The more I look at the "Silverplate" bombers, the more bland they look. On the other hand, I've seen some great bare metal 29s with impressive markings. Just struggling to decide which choice to make without having the names or nose art upsetting some overly sensitive school patron. (Or hearing the constant snickering from my male students over a name like "Humpin' Honey")

While I'm disappointed to lose the A-bomb in the bay, I've already got a diorama idea for those when I get around to it. I've also got a few extra 1:48 scale bombs from a previous build to cram into a bay, so I can still arm this baby to the teeth.

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  • From: Iowa
Posted by Hans von Hammer on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:20 PM

Check the Korean War-era B-29s... They were probably the most visually "satisfying" versions of the Superfort...  THe had more in the way of markings, since the "U.S. Air Force" and red stripe was added to the national insignia, plus you have the black night camouflage that was added after they switcehed over to night missions.

Nose art was pretty risque' at first, but the base commander's wife at Kadena AB, Japan was quite the prude, and lots of the bombers were re-painted in order to stop "offending" her ....  There's a book called "Planes, Names, and Dames" Vol II that covers quite a number of these birds, including pictures of teh "offending" nose-art BEFORE they were edited, as well as after...  "Cream of the Crop" was probably the easiest one to cnsor, since the crew, in disgust, just added a black bar over the noughty bits, while "Never Hoppen" was repainted several times to meet her expectations...

Of course, there were others that didn't feel her wrath, that were just as colorful, and sometimes quite funny... "Command Decision" was one, where two of Snow White's dwarves are using the DDG some suspected the Brass at 20th AF HQused to make decisions ("DDG=Digital Decision Generator, i.e. Flipping a coin), etc.

Here's one that fell victim to the Base Commander's wife as well:

http://jetpilotoverseas.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/ourllass1.jpg?w=940&h=577

It USED to be "Our L'l A$$" until it was changed with the editing out of the "O", and the addition of panties on the "girl".

http://jetpilotoverseas.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/southerncomfort.jpg

"Southern Comfort" was another one that fell to the base "censor".. Originally, she was nude, and the cloud was a bed...

Here's another edited bird..

http://jetpilotoverseas.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/purpleshaft.jpg?w=795

 Of course, if you wanna KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) it, here's my personal favorite:

The CAF's B-29 "FiFi":

 I'm biased though.. I have over 100 flight-hours in her as a GIB... (Guy In Back)

Should you go this route, I'd be happy to whip up the nose-art for ya, as one of my B-29s is going to be modeled as "FiFi" and I've already got the FiFi name decal scaled and printable..

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  • From: Va, USA
Posted by JJFlyer on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:40 AM

Hello, I am working on FIFI so could you please post a pdf of the noseart decal scaled down to 1/48 thanks, JJFlyer

current projects:

1/48 Revell bf109 g10

 

on deck:

unknown scale Revell sr-71 blackbird

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:45 AM

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Ol' HvH has been off the reservation for quite a while now. He's greatly missed, at least by me.

 

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:54 AM

JJ -  Click on HvH's avatar and it shows a public email, might see if still active and drop him a request.

 

Good luck

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:23 PM

Hasn't Hammer passed away?

JJ, you'd be better off doing a websearch for Fifi and generating your own file.  Also, you might want to ask in the Aircraft forum for better visibility.

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:33 PM

God, I hope not. He got wiped out in the floods in Ames some years back, had a series of injury issues and a fairly questionable career path.

 

Hope he's ok.

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  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 1:30 PM

The Enola Gay markings are very simple compaired to the nose art on many bombers.  It is all lettering.

You can download the USAF font for the era here:

https://www.dafont.com/bombardier.font

With a simple graphics editing program like MS paint, publisher, word or Adobes offerings or something free online, you can create your own lettering and markings and print on clear decal paper.  

There is plenty of reference photos of the Enola Gay and it is at the Smithsonian so you should be able to create all the markings you need.  

The font used to spell out Enola Gay is pretty standard.  You most likely already have it on your computer.  Just find some good reference pics and go into your fonts and find one that matches.  

You can get stars and bars decals for WW2 aircraft all day long on ebay in multiple sizes and scales.  With the fonts, simple artwork some generic stars and bars decals, you could even print up much of the stenciling located all over the aircraft you could print your own decals in no time.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 1:57 PM

He's looking for "FIFI". There are plenty of good photos to start from.

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  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:00 PM

Same applies for FIFI to make your own decals.  Again a B-29 with simple markings.  The FIFI font can be found on almost any computer and with a little editing you can give the letters the correct tilt, spacing etc.

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