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

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  • Member since
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  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
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/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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  • From: Norwich, Norfolk, Nelson's County. Exiled in Suffolk.
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''

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Bf 109F-4/Trop

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  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
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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  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, August 31, 2012 3:46 PM

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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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!

NEW SIG

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  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
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.

NEW SIG

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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?

NEW SIG

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

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

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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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NEW SIG

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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: Hasegawa 1/32nd Bf 109F-4/Trop

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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

Here's my 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 human hair Big Smile.

Cheers,

Russ

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  • From: Norwich, Norfolk, Nelson's County. Exiled in Suffolk.
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: Hasegawa 1/32nd Bf 109F-4/Trop

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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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  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
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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  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
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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  • From: Norwich, Norfolk, Nelson's County. Exiled in Suffolk.
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: Hasegawa 1/32nd Bf 109F-4/Trop

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  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
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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