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B-29 Superfortress "Straight Flush" Nose Art??

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  • Member since
    November 2011
  • From: Philadelphia, PA
B-29 Superfortress "Straight Flush" Nose Art??
Posted by AUSTanker on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 2:32 PM


I'd like to do the classic Monogram 1/48 B-29 as the notorious "Project Silver Plate" bomber known as "Straight Flush."

After years of poking around, I found the old Super Scale sheet 48-44, which has markings for "Straight Flush."

My dilemma is, Super Scale did the nose art with a very bright, lemon yellow circle, while the cartoon Japanese man has a green shirt.

But Hill AFB has recently painted up a B-29 as "Straight Flush," and they def. show the nose art as being a pale blue circle- not lemon yellow- and the Japanese man in a gray shirt- not bright green.

For all you decal experts out there, would there be a way to scan the Super Scale sheet, and just change the two colors to be more accurate? Print my onw corrected decal?

OR, there are some decent shots online of the new artwork on this recently painted up B-29 at Hill AFB.

Would it make sense to try to print up a new decal to scale based on these images, rather thry to "re-color" the old Super Scale sheet?

I'm still scratching my head about how Super Scale- usually so accurate- looked at photos of blue and gray nose art, and made it lemon yellow and lime green!

Where they sniffing little tubes of Testors glue in the 70s?

Many Thanks!




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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 2:57 PM

In fairness to SuperScale, when that sheet was originally made by MicroScale, we did not have the world at our fingertips, and usually reference was a black & white photo with a "best guess" as to actual colors. Why they did not go back and correct it more recently? Probably as a cost saving measure. Anyways, there is this JBOT decal set available in the proper colors, if you're interested.





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  • Member since
    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Thursday, August 19, 2021 9:04 AM

Yes, it is possible to change colors when making a homemade decal sheet.  You need a good photo editor/graphics program that allows selection by color.  You use that tool to select the color you want, and then either paint over the selection, or flood-fill that selection.  Repeat for other colors.  If there is white inside the artwork, you need to use white decal paper, which means cutting out the decal perfectly.  Or, if it is a circular piece you can do it on regular decal paper and mask and paint a white circle to put the decal paper over, or buy a sheet of white decal paper and cut a circle out of that and make a sandwich decal.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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