B-29 Antennas and AN/APQ-13 Radomes

Published: May 23rd, 2015     
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Reviewed by: Rod Lees - IPMS# 10821
Scale: 1/72
Company: Brengun
Price: $8.80
Product / Stock #: 72084
Product provided by: Brengun, Hauler

Thanks to Brengun for providing this upgrade set for the Academy B-29; and to IPMS USA for sending it to me to review!

This is a very simple set which is designed for the Academy 1/72 B-29, but could also be adapted to the Airfix B-29.

Consisting of two resin Radomes, and a fret of PE antenas, this will go a long way towards improving the plastic items in the kit.

First, the Radomes. The AN/APQ-13 antenna fit were used on some B-29's early on; the later "bathtub" radome is in the kit, and you need to check your sources before you commit to installing these radomes. The resin is flawless, with easy to remove Pour stubs. The only thing you will need to do is hold a sheet of sandpaper over the assembled model fuselage, and sand the appropriate curve into the mating surface of the radomes before installing with epoxy or superglue. Very easy.

Next, the PE antennas. There are three sets of dipoles with reflectors, which are about 1/4 inch long. Careful assembly will be rewarded with durable antennas for the front "cat's whiskers" on some B-29's. Same with the Ram's horns; the "U" shaped antenna goes on the antenna mast above the cockpit main frame behind the bombardier. The remainder of the antennas are standard pole masts; remove and use to replace the kit plastic, using superglue to attach. Not much to say here.

Final verdict is in; buy the set for everything in the bag, as you can surely use the parts on other kits if you don't use them all on the B-29. A worthy acquisition, and "10' for casting and final presentation. Brengun's reputation precedes and succeeds, and I wait with interest to see what is next from them...

  • Package Contents
    Package Contents
  • Antennas & Radomes with #11 Blade for Scale
    Antennas & Radomes with #11 Blade for Scale
  • Assembled Antenna - Top View
    Assembled Antenna - Top View
  • Assembled Antenna - View from Back
    Assembled Antenna - View from Back

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