1/72 B-52D with Big Belly Mod, Operation Arc Light

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1/72 B-52D with Big Belly Mod, Operation Arc Light

  • Hello, All,

    This project is a 1/72 scale diorama of a B52D bomber  being armed and readied for an Arc Light mission over Viet Nam. I included a full revetment, ground service equipment, three big belly bomb clips loaded with 500 lb bombs, a bomb lift trailer and a flat-bed semitrailer with 750 lb bombs for the pylons. In addition to the bomb loading activity, I also added maintenance scenes for the nav antenna, left inboard engine, ECM chaff loading and tail gun turret maintenance.

     Finished diorama shown above.

    The model I built is Monogram's 1/72 B-52D, kit #5709. My early progress on this diorama is contained in other builds as listed below:  

    First Annual Berny Memorial Group Build -

    http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/29/p/145416/1585289.aspx (search for "b-52d")

    1/72 B-52D "Big Belly" Racks

    (http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/57110.aspx} (search for "big belly")

    Superdetailing the 1/72 B-52D Cockpit

    http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/147660.aspx (search for "superdetailing" or "b52d") 

    Thanks for looking and I'd be happy to have any comments, suggestions  or criticisms. Below are some snapshots of my work in progress:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks for looking.

    Cheers,

    Russ

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  • Great work so far Russ. The first photo is exactly the image i have had in my head for years of how i wanted my B-52 dio. The flatbed and the revetment are two things i wasn't sure how i would reproduce. I may have to steel a few more of your ideas from this.

     ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

    On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd P-61 Black Widow

  • Bish

    Great work so far Russ. The first photo is exactly the image i have had in my head for years of how i wanted my B-52 dio. The flatbed and the revetment are two things i wasn't sure how i would reproduce. I may have to steel a few more of your ideas from this.

    No problem, Bish. You're welcome to anything you can use Smile

    Russ

  • I've been reviewing my pictures of bomb loading and I've decided my diorama isn't going to look complete without a bomb lift trailer, so I'm taking a stab at building one. Below is what the bomb lift trailer looked like and my version of the control end. I figured I'd tackle the easy part first. The wheels are from that HO scale semitrailer that I used for the bomb truck. They're a bit too large but they're the only ones I could find in this format that are close to actual size.

    Russ

    Picture courtesy http://www.defensemedianetwork.com

  • Russ:

    VERY COOL!!!

    Dom

  • Thanks, Dom  Smile

    Looks a little clunky close up but the pieces are really small and I kept getting in my way...

    Russ

  • Awesome project! Here on Guam at the AFB there is a B-52 on display as an Arc Light memorial. Can't wait to see yours finished!

    NEW SIG

  • Hello, Sub, and thanks!  You in the military there? I was TDY on Okinawa but flew in and out of Guam several times. I've seen pictures of the memorial there.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Russ

  • Yup. I'm navy, on the submarine tender out here.

    NEW SIG

  • Cool! Big Smile. I was Air Force, 20 years. What's life like on a sub tender? Do you stay out for long periods?

  • Normally no, but we were just stateside for several months in the shipyard. What did you do?

    NEW SIG

  • I was an ECM tech. I used to work on the B52Ds, but that was many years ago.

  • Not to steal your thread, but today we were up near the AFB so I stopped in to grab some photos for you.

    NEW SIG

  • Now thats a memorial.

     ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

    On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd P-61 Black Widow

  • sub revolution

    Not to steal your thread, but today we were up near the AFB so I stopped in to grab some photos for you.

    No problem, Sub. Great pictures! Thanks!

    Russ