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B-29 conversion to TU-4 question..

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B-29 conversion to TU-4 question..
Posted by kustommodeler1 on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:24 PM

Howdy folks! I have Revell's 1/48 scale B-29 kit, and just wondering how much would it take to represent it as a Tupolev TU-4? From pictures of the one at Monino, I dont think it would be much more than a marking issue...

 

What do you think?

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Posted by B-17 Guy on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 6:14 PM

From what I've read about the Tu-4, the russians copied the B-29 so precisely that the rudder pedals even say boeing on them. You could probably get away with putting red stars on and calling it a Tu4, not a B-29.

EDIT: The gun turrets looks differant, look more flush to the airframe. And the guns are differant, the barrels are longer.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 6:22 PM

The front glass was different too. Probably not enough to notice in a model, but i remember reading a story about how the pilots hated flying them because of the weird effects looking through the glass. This was caused by a slight difference in shape because they couldn't get the compound curves right.

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Posted by Scorpiomikey on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 6:41 PM

I know its wikipedia, but it makes for an interesting read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-4

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Posted by Luft Modeler on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8:28 PM

The article from wikipedia is pretty spot on. I watched a documentary of how the Soviets reversed engineered the B-29, copied every detail down to a hole that was drilled on accident when it was in the USA. There is a slight difference between the two but at 1/48 scale you would not be able to tell the difference. 

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