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

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  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, May 22, 2015 8:59 PM

I've been looking for a 1/72 kit of the cart but I don't believe there is one available.

I'd be willing to build you some carts in exchange for a couple of missile kits... Big Smile  It would depend, however, if I can find enough pictures to get the necessary measurements.

Cheers,

Russ

 

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    November, 2012
Posted by buffjock on Saturday, May 23, 2015 5:42 AM

Russ

Looks like an awful lot of work to scratch build some carts. All my hound dogs are assembled/painted and mounted on finished pylons. What color scheme are ya wanting?

Majer Kong

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    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Saturday, May 23, 2015 8:29 AM

Ok, I'm confused...if you're kits are all built and mounted, what will you use the carts for? Confused  Ahh... disregard, I just saw your previous post on the Buff thread. So they're mounted to pylons but not to aircraft.

I'll still take a crack at building at least one cart for you. If they're not too difficult, maybe more. And you won't have to give up any of your missiles Smile. Do you have any diagrams or pictures of them?

Cheers,

Russ 

 

  • Member since
    November, 2012
Posted by buffjock on Saturday, May 23, 2015 12:20 PM

Russ,

I will dig up a few pics and send em off to ya this evening. I gotta spend about 3 hrs on the old JD....

Majer Kong

  • Member since
    February, 2010
  • From: Ontario, Canada
Posted by Bockscar on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:48 PM

Hey Russ, still building?

I've been away since 2014 - divorce, sold old place and moved to new place, 2 hip replacements, semi-retirement, and lost all my BUFF stuff for over a year piled up in a mountain of stuff I can't unpack.

Just walking again, and getting back to normal.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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    February, 2012
Posted by Liegghio on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 1:00 AM

Same here. It was a happy day when I got transferred to an F4 squadron. No more crawling around the inside of a black bellied plane in the sun, and no 125 pound jamming transmitters to lug around. Working outside the plane, and carrying 20 pound warning receivers. It was like being on vacation!

And then I got transferred back to  SAC and Buffs. 

Sad

 

  • Member since
    February, 2010
  • From: Ontario, Canada
Posted by Bockscar on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 7:03 PM

Liegghio;

Haven't heard from Russ since April. While we're waiting to hear back from him you might want to visit us at the

THE OFFICIAL IN THE BUFF B52 GROUP BUILD

We were just discussing F-4's.

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, January 22, 2016 10:28 AM

Welcome, Liegghio!

I was an ECM tech too. Worked the C, D and E model buffs and also worked F-4s, both comm and ECM on all the models used in Nam. I heartily agree with your "vacation", tho I think I enjoyed my time on the big birds more. They were definitely a challenge.

Cheers,

Russ

 

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    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:57 PM

Hi, All,

I'm in the process of replacing all, or at least most, of my images that Photobucket scrogged. I'll start with the finished diorama shots on and after Page 26 and work back from there.

Thanks for your interest,

Cheers,

Russ

 

  • Member since
    February, 2010
  • From: Ontario, Canada
Posted by Bockscar on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:08 PM

Striker8241

Hi, All,

I'm in the process of replacing all, or at least most, of my images that Photobucket scrogged. I'll start with the finished diorama shots on and after Page 26 and work back from there.

Thanks for your interest,

Cheers,

Russ

 

Nice to hear from you Russ.

I got everything set up including my airbrush hood then fell ill with gall-bladder-itis and ended up in hosptial, then never got back to my BUFF project. Now it's summer so everything is just sitting around waiting for me to return to the bench. I found all those bombs you assembled, so kindly, for me and the clips. Actually got the BUFF back up on fish line in the hobby room, and did start reassembling the nacelles after shaving the exhausts nice and thin.....that's all I got done in one whole year.

Cheers,

Dom

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:54 PM

Hey Dom! Great to know you're still there. And, I hope, much better.

Not a problem, bud. This hobby isn't about production, it's about fun, and relaxation. If it's not either one for you, you need a different hobby Smile.

As a matter of fact, I bought an airbrush, a compressor and a vent hood, set it all up, tried it a few times, and decided it's not for me. Too many frustrations (I hate painting anyway...). So I guess I'll put it up for sale and get back to my rattle cans and paint brushes.

Take care, my friend!

Russ

 

  • Member since
    February, 2010
  • From: Ontario, Canada
Posted by Bockscar on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:12 PM

Striker8241

Hey Dom! Great to know you're still there. And, I hope, much better.

Not a problem, bud. This hobby isn't about production, it's about fun, and relaxation. If it's not either one for you, you need a different hobby Smile.

As a matter of fact, I bought an airbrush, a compressor and a vent hood, set it all up, tried it a few times, and decided it's not for me. Too many frustrations (I hate painting anyway...). So I guess I'll put it up for sale and get back to my rattle cans and paint brushes.

Take care, my friend!

Russ

 

Yeah Russ, I hear you on the painting! I was lucky in that I started early with the airbrush, but yes, overcame many nasty frustrations but haven't painted anything for about 8 years now......maybe even longer......I still like those old kits that you could build after dinner and play with, never had to paint them.....Revell and I think Comet used to make the styrene with super fine aluminum powder, so they were actually shiney bright aluminum right out of the box, surprising. I have a couple, also one of the old chrome plated kits......but in the end, I always strove for the correct outline and shape, not the finish so much. While I learned the history of the aircraft, I was never big on individual tail numbers because when it got to that level, the model would sit behind glass or end up covered in dust. i used to find ways to make the styrene kits fly at high speed. In the end I was modifying them and putting Estes rocket engines in them. Oh well. I still get a kick out of the stacks of kits even if I don't build a lot anymore.

 

Yes, take care of yourself as well Russ!

Dom

Tags: revetment

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 08, 2018 8:29 AM

I've finally gotten the urge to build again and decided to upgrade or improve some of the items in this diorama. One of those upgrades is building a more accurate model of the bomb truck trailer. The one I built originally is too short to carry a full load of bombs for the pylons. The ones most often used were almost twice as long and could carry a full twenty-four 500lb or 750lb bombs for the two pylons. The picture below shows the actual trailer with a load of 500lb bombs.

Photo courtesy of Gary James.

 

These trailers were also used to haul partially assembled bombs from the bomb storage area to the munitionjs hardstand, a building where the bombs were finally assembled and then loaded onto the bomb clips and the bomb trucks. The picture below shows the massive amount of bombs that could be carried on these trailers.

 

For the trailer wheels, I used the rear wheel assembly from the Academy M35 2.5 Ton Cargo Truck kit. The pictures below show my progress so far, and a comparrison in size between the new trailer and my original trailer. The tractor is from my original bomb truck.

 

Thanks for looking!

Tags: bomb , 1/72 , B-52 , M35 , truck , Academy M35

 

  • Member since
    February, 2010
  • From: Ontario, Canada
Posted by Bockscar on Monday, January 08, 2018 9:10 AM

Looking good Russ Yes

Your rig is nicely weathered!

Bombs On Board!!!Surprise

 

Happy New Year!

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 08, 2018 9:39 AM

Thanks, Dom!  and Happy New Year to you too!

(Pssst... I stole the tractor from the original bomb truck.  I'm too lazy to build another one Big Smile)

 

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, January 08, 2018 3:40 PM

Well, Russ, no need to be ashamed about recycling! It's good for the environment! The rig is lookin' good! What else do you have in the works? Have you seen my OH-6 helicopters WIP? Have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 08, 2018 8:04 PM

Hi, Pawel and thanks for the good words!

I did look at your helicopter build and it's fantastic! Just building one of those tiny things would put me in traction, but you're building two! I love the corrections and added details!

Nothing else in the works for me right now but I'm looking... 

Cheers,

Russ

 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, January 14, 2018 9:11 PM

Hi, All,

My upgraded bomb truck is finished.  BTW, I removed the front winch since all the pictures I found of these tractors didn't have it.

Below are some photos. Many thanks for looking.

Cheers,

Russ

Tags: B-52D , bomb truck

 

  • Member since
    February, 2010
  • From: Ontario, Canada
Posted by Bockscar on Monday, January 15, 2018 4:10 AM

Striker8241

Hi, All,

My upgraded bomb truck is finished. Below are some photos. Many thanks for looking.

Cheers,

Russ

 

Hey Russ, incredible work!

That bomb truck is downright scary, thinking it's the one who feeds the Grim Reaper.....WOW!!!

 

Tags: Grim Reaper

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    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 15, 2018 4:51 PM

Lol good comparison, Dom! 

Thanks for the good words!

 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, April 27, 2018 2:05 PM

Hey Guys,

I finally found enough images and information to build an AGM-28 missile trailer - in fact, I built three. Allen, I'll send yours soon.

Cheers,

Russ

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, May 14, 2018 7:37 AM

Hi, All,

After a number of disasters with image hosting sites, I've rebuilt the thread yet again (third time...). I've tried to put everything back the way it was but some images may not be exactly the same and some of the information has changed or is no longer applicable and has been updated. I apologize for any confusion (especially my own :).

Cheers and thanks for looking!

Russ

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:22 AM

Hello, All,

In an effort to make this build more complete, I am going back through and integrating information that was contained in three earlier builds, and some that has not yet been posted. I've started with adding and detailing the bomb bay on Page 1.

Cheers and thanks for looking!

Russ

 

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:47 PM

Well, thanks a lot for your hard work here, Russ! Have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    January, 2019
  • From: Southeast Kentucky
Posted by The Drifter on Saturday, June 01, 2019 3:18 PM

Excellent diorama!! Well thoughtout and suburb details! Looking forward to your next one.

Jeff

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:41 PM

Pawel

Well, thanks a lot for your hard work here, Russ! Have a nice day

Paweł

 

Hi, Pawel, and thanks for the good words!

My apologies for the delay in answering but my login had a problem and it just got resolved.

Cheers,

Russ 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:44 PM

The Drifter

Excellent diorama!! Well thoughtout and suburb details! Looking forward to your next one.

 

!

Hi, Jeff! Thank you for the compliments!

Sorry I'm so late replying!

Cheers,

Russ

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, June 28, 2019 9:02 PM

For you guys daring to build a 1/48 scale B-52, my hat's off to you! If you're interested in adding a bomb bay or some other detail from this thread, all you need to do is multiply my dimensions in millimeters by 1.5. 
 
Cheers and good luck!
 
Russ
 

 

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