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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
Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, August 31, 2012 2:55 PM

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/t/145416.aspx?page=31

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

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/57110.aspx

Superdetailing the 1/72 B-52D Cockpit

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/147660.asp

 

NOTE: Starting today, 1/31/18, I will begin copying my early work from the above threads into apprpriate posts on this thread in order to make this one more complete.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Thanks for looking!

Cheers,

Russ

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, August 31, 2012 3:36 PM

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''

  

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Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, August 31, 2012 3:42 PM

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

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, August 31, 2012 3:46 PM

NOTE: Information in brackets [ ] has been copied from a previous thread into this post without responses and comments, so some disconnects in the dialog may be apparent.

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

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Son Of Medicine Man

Bockscar
 

 

Thanks Russ,

 

by the way, saw the B-52 bomb clip, what, with 28 loaded. Didn't catch the Mk or weight of those, I was thinking about 750 lbs each? Two clips per bay? -thanks

Dom

 

Hey Dom,

One thing that Russ is putting together is instructions on how to put together the bomb clips that go into the B-52.  It is pretty cool.

Ken

 

Hi Dom, Ken,

They were 500-lb MK-82 GP bombs. There were also clips for 750-lb M-117 GP bombs. The same dimensions for the clip should work as with the MK-82 clip, just with one less panel and different spacing for the bombs. The chafing curtain between the center bomb rows could be added if the total width of the clip isn't too critical. It must have been pretty narrow - only a couple of feet wide, since it doesn't show up in any of the angle shots. You can see it clearly from a front or rear view. Below are a few pictures of the 750-lb bomb clip. Each plane could hold three of either size bomb clip.

BTW, it appears there were small pins on the cradle that fit into the bottom of the clip panels to keep them from shifting around during transportation.

Ken, many thanks for converting the first version to pdf. If I'm not imposing, I sent you an updated version and would appreciate it if you can convert it as well. Then I can send it out to anyone that wants it. Again, thanks for your help on this, bud.

Russ

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Posted by Bockscar on Friday, August 31, 2012 6:37 PM

Russ:

VERY COOL!!!

Dom

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Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, August 31, 2012 7:09 PM

Thanks, Dom  Smile

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

Russ

 

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  • From: Guam
Posted by sub revolution on Friday, August 31, 2012 7:26 PM

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!

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Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, August 31, 2012 7:54 PM

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

 

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Posted by sub revolution on Friday, August 31, 2012 8:08 PM

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

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Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, August 31, 2012 8:44 PM

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

 

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Posted by sub revolution on Saturday, September 01, 2012 4:22 AM

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

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Posted by Striker8241 on Saturday, September 01, 2012 8:57 AM

NOTE: Information in brackets [ ] has been copied from a previous thread into this post without responses and comments, so some disconnects in the dialog may be apparent.

I was an ECM technician.

[NOTE: I have sandwiched in at this point a description of my detailing of the cockpit:

~ I decided to build the crew cabin as a removable module to make it easier to build and detail. Once it's complete, I'll cement it into the model.

The cocpit is almost completely rebuilt. I had to remove the center console and reposition it. The left and right consoles were also too high and too narrow. I still have some detail to add such as the steering columns, throttle cluster and another box that sits in front of the console but wasn't modeled. I think it's part of the autopilot system. The ejection seats had to be scratchbuilt as they were hopelessly inacurate. The only thing I kept of the original was the back plate with the headrest.

NOTE: The ejection seat cushions were actually the seat pack for the crew parachutes, and were normally removed for inspection and storage unless the aircraft was scheduled to fly. For that reason, the seats are shown empty with raised edges that held the parachutes in place.

Here's the finished cockpit suite. I've decided not to attempt to model the bomb-nav and ecm stations - just too much work and I don't really want to cut out a section of the fuselage to be able to see it. I still plan to detail the upper deck behind the cockpit and add internal lighting.

 

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Posted by sub revolution on Monday, September 03, 2012 5:51 AM

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

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Posted by Bish on Monday, September 03, 2012 5:58 AM

Now thats a memorial.

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

  

On the bench: AFV Club 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/4 AusfC

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Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, September 03, 2012 9:21 AM

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

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Thursday, September 06, 2012 4:24 PM

NOTE: Information in brackets [ ] has been copied from a previous thread into this post without responses and comments, so some disconnects in the dialog may be apparent.

[I finally got everything together for my bomb trailer. The HO scale Great Dane trailer I started with turned out to be too small overall. So I replaced the bed with a wider one and replaced the wheel assemblies with the bogies from an Academy 1/72 M35 2.5 ton tractor. I replaced the differentials with axels and brake assemblies made from sprue. The bomb runners are made of basswood . Waiting on another tractor to finally complete the assembly.

 

 

 

Finally got my bomb truck tractor finished. I had to modify an Academy 2.5 ton cargo truck (see below). Had to shorten the chassis and make my own fifth wheel but it doesn't look too bad - if you don't look too close Smile. If you're into scale model trucks, this kit is very nicely detailed for the price (around $15) but it's very delicate and difficult to build - at least for someone like me with 10 thumbs. I was glad to get it done.

Now if I can just force myself to finish painting and detailing 24 bombs...Ick!

 

 

~ I cut down the back of the chassis to the frame and shortened the frame about 1/2 inch - where the angle brace meets the frame (see the pictures below). Then I added a plate across the chassi frame at the back.  I didn't try to add a lot of detail at the back since it won't be seen anyway.

 
I found some pictures of "fifth wheel" trailer hitches on the internet and carved one out of layered plastic sheeting.
 
 
 
Oops - forget the mud flaps! They normally glue to the bottom of the cargo floor, but since it's not installed, I attached them to the frame using some thin scrap pieces as shown below.
 
 
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Here's my finished bomb truck loaded with 750lb bombs - I plan to do the weathering later. The bomb on the end will be shown about to be lifted by a jammer. The "Explosives A" sign is held on with a single strand of my wife's lovely hair Big Smile.

Cheers,

Russ

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, September 07, 2012 1:01 PM

This build just gets better. Sweet.

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

  

On the bench: AFV Club 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/4 AusfC

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Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, September 07, 2012 2:52 PM

Bish

This build just gets better. Sweet.

Thanks, Bish Big Smile

 

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Posted by Bockscar on Friday, September 07, 2012 3:19 PM

I agree with Bish. Sweet.

'Never seen so many crater-eggs on the back of a flat bed like that!Yes

Man, I can hear 'em hatching now!

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Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, September 07, 2012 4:07 PM

Lol, thanks Dom Big Smile

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Saturday, September 08, 2012 2:37 PM

The previous wheel sets for the bomb lift trailer were just too big, even though they looked better.  I replaced them with wheels from a Hasegawa US Aircraft Weapon Loading set. The scale is closer now to the actual unit.

Tags: B-52D , bomb , lift , trailer

 

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Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Saturday, September 08, 2012 8:33 PM

Hi Russ,

Great job on your build!

Ken

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Posted by Striker8241 on Saturday, September 08, 2012 8:44 PM

Hi, Ken.  Thanks! Smile

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, September 10, 2012 6:29 PM

Here is the first set of bomb bay door locking assemblies. They're a little bright in color right now but I'll weather them when I do the fuselage.

 

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Posted by Duke Maddog on Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:46 AM

Man this rocks! I'll be watching this with great interest since I always wanted to do something similar but haven't got the space!

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Posted by Striker8241 on Thursday, September 13, 2012 8:03 AM

Thanks, Duke, and welcome! Frankly, I don't have the room either Big Smile

Russ

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, September 16, 2012 3:15 PM

The scribing is coming along (I spend more time repairing mistakes than scribing...). Below is a shot of the nose area. There is supposed to be a small antenna cover for the APX-26 IFF transponder just forward of the main hatch but the kit only represents this with a small blister of plastic. I ground it out and added a piece of shaped sprue. The area around the cover appears to be depressed slightly so that's the way I modelled it.

Also on top, the escape hatch for the EWO was outlined by two panel lines that looked more like the lines provided to indicate the walkway areas. I removed the inner line since the outer line is about the same size as the other hatches.

Also, the outline of the Doppler hight-finder radar antenna cover was left off. It should be between the bomb bay and the forward wheel wells, as shown below.

Cheers,

Russ

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:01 PM

Striker8241

~. There is supposed to be a small antenna cover for the APX-26 IFF transponder just forward of the main hatch but the kit only represents this with a small blister of plastic. I ground it out and added a piece of shaped sprue. The area around the cover appears to be depressed slightly so that's the way I modelled it.

Since I posted the above picture, I found two images (shown below) that indicate the "antenna" is more likely some type of optical sensor or the optical bombing camera lens with an offset cover housing. The first image shows the cover closed and the second shows it open. Further, there is no recessed area around the base as it appeared to be in the first photo.

I plan to correct the model to show the offset cover housing but with the lens cover closed, as it would be with the aircraft on the ground.

Cheers,

Russ

 

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:18 PM

Re scribeing an entire B-52. Now thats dedication. Great work Russ.

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

  

On the bench: AFV Club 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/4 AusfC

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Posted by Striker8241 on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:21 PM

Thanks, Bish Smile  It's a real challenge but I'm almost finished with the fuselage. The area aft of the rear main gear wells to the turret has been the hardest to resolve.

Russ

 

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