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Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Here is my LDD model of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. It is made to minifig scale. The B-29 was my first large scale LDD model. At first, I made a fully articulating version but I didn't like how it turned out. I remade the Superfortress with less articulating elements but it had a better overall shape and nicer proportions.
About this creation

The B-29 Superfortress was one of the largest aircraft to fly in World War II. It had a crew of 11 and was flown by the US Army Air Force, the Royal Air Force after the war (known as the "Washington Mark I"), and was copied piece by piece by the Soviet Union and entered service in 1949 as the Tu-4 Bull.


Here you can see that the flaps extend and pivot from the base of the wing. The outer ailerons also move up and down.


For this model, the landing gear is not fully retractable. To preserve the lines and proportions of the B-29, I had to make this compromise.


In 1939, the US Army Air Corps were looking for a "superbomber" that could carry 20,000 lbs of bombs 2,667 miles at a speed of 400 mph. The B-29 met two of those requires, only achieving a maximum speed of 357 mph, and entered service in 1944.


The B-29 could reach a sustained altitude of 32,000 ft. The front and rear sections of the aircraft were pressurized for crew comfort.


The Superfortress used four Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone turbosupercharged radial engines, each capable of 2,200 hp. Even with all that power the aircraft was difficult to get up to speed, especially after takeoff.


The wingspan of the B-29 measured 141 ft. The fuselage was 99 ft in length and 28 ft in height. This model uses one lego stud=one foot (the size of a minifig "foot") ratio and is very close to these proportions.


Because of the size and shape of the lego pieces used, some of the aircraft's measurements changed. I wanted to have a proportionally correct model and that meant following the logic of lego to achieve it.


The cockpit holds the pilot, co-pilot, and bombardier. The navigator and radio operator are behind the pilots. I used this lego technique to get the shape of the B-29's nose (its most characteristic feature if you ask me). Its a bit bulky but I believe it communicates the spirit of the original.


The tail gunner sat is his own pressurized compartment. The rear elevators on the horizontal stabilizers move up and down as well.


The B-29 used a central fire control system that controlled four remote turrets, each armed with twin .50 cal Browning M2 machine guns. These were selected and fired from one of the five sighting stations in the nose and tail of the aircraft.


The B-29 operated exclusively in the Pacific theatre, where the vast distances to targets necessitated a long-range bomber.


The B-29 flew in the later stages of World War II and was upgraded for use in the Korean War in 1950-1953. However, it was rendered obsolete by jet fighters and officially retired in 1960. Overall, close to 4,000 B-29 Superfortresses were produced.



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  December 22, 2014
Quoting ussenterprise ussextrafries You did an exceedingly good job on this!!!!! Very good work! LOVE it!
Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you like the model and I appreciate your interest in my work.
  December 21, 2014
You did an exceedingly good job on this!!!!! Very good work! LOVE it!
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  November 14, 2014
Quoting Seaman SPb Nice work!
Thanks!
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  October 10, 2014
Nice work!
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  March 26, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Awesome! Great job on the shaping all around, but the way you built the cage around the nose is particularly outstanding.
Thanks for your comments Matt! The nose of the B-29 is difficult to render correctly. In the beginning, I did make a clear brick canopy but I wanted to emphasize the canopy mullions more. This solution is a bit clunky but I'm happy with the results. I'm glad you like it as well!
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  March 26, 2014
Awesome! Great job on the shaping all around, but the way you built the cage around the nose is particularly outstanding.
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  March 3, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding great work! I especially love the nose/cockpit! could you make the tail higher and add wing tanks to make this into the B-50? (more advanced b-29)
Thanks for your comments Bill. The B-50 would be the next logical step. Stay tuned, you never know what might happen!
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  March 3, 2014
great work! I especially love the nose/cockpit! could you make the tail higher and add wing tanks to make this into the B-50? (more advanced b-29)
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  February 9, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti I saw this in the group listing and just had to stop by. I love how you made the cockpit windows . Very ingenious ! I also like the tail not easy to replicate that shape . Excellent work!
Thanks for your positive comments Clayton! I appreciate your interest in my work and I'm glad you like the model.
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  February 9, 2014
I saw this in the group listing and just had to stop by. I love how you made the cockpit windows . Very ingenious ! I also like the tail not easy to replicate that shape . Excellent work!
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  February 6, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding How many studs wide is it? It is quite impressive. You should add a p-51 escort and make a b-24 to scale.
Thanks for you comments Bill. I'm not sure how wide it is but the wingspan of a real B-29 is 141 feet. I assume my model is around 140 studs in width. I have made a P-51 but haven't finalized it yet. Perhaps a B-24 is in the future!
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  February 5, 2014
How many studs wide is it? It is quite impressive. You should add a p-51 escort and make a b-24 to scale.
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  December 2, 2013
Quoting arwenromel hanna and her another great job well done
Thanks for your positive comments.
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  December 1, 2013
and her another great job well done
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  November 28, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 Excellent build. 100% authentical. The cockpit is such clever build. Love it!
Thanks for your comments. The cockpit was fun to figure out; I went through a few variations before I settled on this final solution.
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  November 27, 2013
Excellent build. 100% authentical. The cockpit is such clever build. Love it!
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  November 22, 2013
Quoting Henrik Jensen I think you´re making some great LDD-models, they look quite realistic. However, they suffer from structural problems, such as the cockpit, which I think lacks strength if it was built with real bricks. Do you have any plans to build in real bricks? What part did you use for the propeller-hub ?
Thanks for your comments Henrik. I did build the canopy structure out of real lego first and it held together well, although it was quite delicate. The LDD version attaches in one place and rests on the protruding elements of the fuselage. I've seen other B-29 models that used a one piece cockpit element but I wanted to try something different. I do build lego models in real life but I don't have the resources to build the types of models I want to. I enjoy being a LDD model-maker because you have an unlimited supply of materials, except when your computer runs out of RAM! The lego piece I used for the propellor hub in part number 90202. Thanks for taking an interest in this model!
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  November 22, 2013
I think you´re making some great LDD-models, they look quite realistic. However, they suffer from structural problems, such as the cockpit, which I think lacks strength if it was built with real bricks. Do you have any plans to build in real bricks? What part did you use for the propeller-hub ?
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  November 20, 2013
Quoting Michael K. Pretty good. The cockpit windows are chunky, though.
Thanks for your comments Michael. The nose section of a B-29 at minifig scale is tricky. I agree that it is a bit bulky and I am curious to know if you have any suggestions on how to streamline it. I am always interested in improvements!
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  November 20, 2013
Quoting john lamarck Very good. I'd like to build it for real with some improvements of my own.
Thanks for your comments John. I've followed your work for a while and I would love to see what improvements you would make.
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  November 20, 2013
Pretty good. The cockpit windows are chunky, though.
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  November 20, 2013
Very good. I'd like to build it for real with some improvements of my own.
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  November 7, 2013
This looks amazing! Great design. I love that huge tail fin.
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  November 7, 2013
Quoting Dr. Monster This looks amazing! Great design. I love that huge tail fin.
Thanks for the positive comments. This is my second version of a LDD B-29 and while not fully articulating, this model has cleaner lines and better proportions. Who knows, I may go back and retrofit working bomb bays and landing gear. Stay tuned!
 
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