B-29 Superfortress

Air Force 1 “Raises Hell” with its First B-29

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Even though replicas of the legendary “Enola Gay” and “Bockscar” B-29 Superfortresses aren’t due out until November, Air Force 1 has managed to scramble at least one bomber amongst the trio to mark the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb over Japan. “Raz’n Hell” (#AF10112A) is set to take off this August, and pays homage to a Superfortress that saw action at the tail end of WWII as well as the outset of the Korean Conflict. Offered up in 1:144 scale and heavy in the hand, this beauty comes with accurate nose art, not to mention its customary highly polished metal exterior, we’ve come to expect from this war winner.

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Unlike their “Enola Gay” and “Bockscar” replicas, “Raz’n Hell” will not come bundled with a scaled down representation of the atomic bomb, hence the somewhat lower selling price as compared with its contemporaries.

 
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Can Air Force 1 Drop the Bomb in Time?

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To further flesh out their 1:144 scale catalog, Air Force 1 today announced plans to build a replica of “Enola Gay”, the B-29 Superfortress piloted by Paul Tibbets when it dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan (#AF10112). Thus far, only a line art drawing has been added to their corporate web site, even though they claim the model will be released at the end of May. Still, this comes as welcome news, since there are a great many post WWII-era bombers that could be integrated into their 1:144 scale range that collectors have been requesting for as long as we’ve been around.

Keep in mind that August 6th represents the seventieth anniversary of the dropping of the A-Bomb on Hiroshima, so it will be interesting to see if this manufacturer can get this bird up and flying in time for the event.

 
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