The highly detailed 1/12 scale model of a B-29 Superfortress which serves as the centerpiece of the B-29 Memorial Plaza is the creation of Terry Hinde of Julesburg, Colorado. This blacksmith and machinist turned sculptor researched the Superfortress in detail, even climbing through and taking photographs of 'FiFi', the only B-29 still flying with the Commemorative Air Force.
From the 1,500 rivets under each wing to the ribs built every two inches beneath the model's 1/8th-inch-thick, 11-gauge stainless steel skin, Hinde's efforts resulted in a 600-pound model that now proudly flies beneath the arches of the B-29 Memorial Plaza. "I'd never built an airplane before, but I knew I could do it," he told the Denver Post.
Hinde is also the creator of the sculpture of two gyrfalcons in flight that is displayed near the administration building of the United State Air Force Academy and "The Ritual", a sculpture of a male and female eagle, talons locked in a free-fall mating ritual, which was completed for the Colorado Welcome Center in Julesburg.
To read a feature from the Denver Post about Terry Hinde and his sculptures, please see: Birds gave artist wings, now he sculpts aircraft
Contact: B-29 Memorial