Academy 12528 USAAF B-29A Superfortress "Enola Gay & Bockscar"

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USAAF B-29A "Enola Gay & Bockscar", 1:72 Scale


The 'Manhattan Project' was the super-secret program to develop the first atomic bomb. Germany was working on their own atomic weapon which led to some famous bombing raids to delay their program. Even as the Manhattan Project moved forward, a parallel program was launched to find a bomber which could deliver an atomic bomb. Dubbed 'Silverplate', the search was on for a suitable aircraft. Early requirements estimated a weapon that would be 17 feet long and weigh over 10,000 pounds. The B-24 appeared to be a candidate but the Navy had failed to convert the aircraft to accomodate a torpedo in the bomb bay, so an atomic bomb wasn't going to work any better. The B-29 was also unsuitable as it had two 12 foot bomb bays divided by the wing main spar box. The Chief of the USAAF, Hap Arnold, dictated that the B-29 would be the weapon carrier.

During the B-29's wartime production run, a number of aircraft were diverted to Boeing/Wichita for conversion into Silverplate aircraft. As the bombs were developed and the bomb length was reduced to rougly 10 feet for both the fission and fusion bombs, flight testing of the Silverplate aircraft and dropping of 'shapes' required further developments that would result in a fleet of special aircraft that would not only deliver the two weapons to Japan, but would continue after the war as the first dedicated fleet of atomic bombers as part of the 509th Composite Group.

Academy periodically reissues their 1/72 scale B-29 Superfortress kits between their conventional bomber and this special edition of the Enola Gay and Bockscar from the 509th. This release depicts the Silverplate B-29 which operated without gun turrets, so parts are included to close off the turret openings.

Highlights of this kit:

  • Highly detailed flight deck and bombardier's station
  • Highly detailed rear compartment
  • Detailed bomb bays with interconnecting crew pressure tunnel
  • Positionable landing flaps
  • Positionable bomb bay doors
  • Positionable landing gear
  • Choice of cuffed or uncuffed propellers
  • Choice of Little Boy (Enola Gay/Hiroshima) or Fat Man (Bockscar/Nagasaki) weapons

The kit provides markings for the following five aircraft:

  • B-29-45-MO, 44-86292, 509 OG, Tinian AB, 1945, 'Enola Gay'
  • B-29-35-MO, 44-27297, 509 OG, Tinian AB, 1945, 'Bockscar'

The Academy B-29 is regarded as the best B-29 produced in 1/72 scale and it is also a straightforward build.

Glue and paint are required for this model. (Not included).

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