This would eventually be a vignette depicting the launching of the Bell
X-1 rocket plane from the B-29 "Mother Ship." Academy-Minicraft's 1/144
scale B-29A Superfortress kit is being converted to the carrier ship with
a scratch-built X-1 in the same scale.
project was started in 1999. The X-1 was completed one year later and can
be seen HERE.
It has a pair of tiny ceramic magnets built into it to hold it in the B-29
launch bay. (It works!) The B-29 has a completed launch bay and new engine
exhausts were cast out of resin. I also received really nice Alps-printed
decals for the Mother Ship nose art from Mark Fergel, who used to host
the website PCModeler.com.
B-29 may one day be finished. My motivation is that I already made a really
nice display stand for the pair, seen in the image below.
As is the case with many scratch-building projects, there is now a molded
plastic kit of the X-1 in 1/144 scale. Also available is a cast-resin conversion
kit for the B-29 Launch Bay in the same scale.