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

    You know your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

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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.

  • 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

    You know your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

  • 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

    You know your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

  • 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

    You know your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

  • 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

    You know your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

  • 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?

    You know your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

  • 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.

    You know your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.

  • 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.

  • 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

    You know your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.