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Superdetailing the 1/72 B-52D Cockpit

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  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
Superdetailing the 1/72 B-52D Cockpit
Posted by Striker8241 on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 8:52 AM

Hello All,

I'm planning to superdetail my B-52D cockpit and crew cabin. The cockpit in the model is poorly done and will require a lot of changes. I would appreciate any tips or ideas. Below is my modified front panel as a start.

Many thanks. 

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 9:18 AM

Now that's quite a project! The whole model is poorly done, by today's standards, so if you want to be consistent you will have to redo lots of details. The instrument panel looks good, it's almost pity to close it up in the cockpit! Good luck with your project, have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posted by echolmberg on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 12:01 PM

With the way it's all going to be closed up and hidden once you glue the fuselage halves together, I can't help but wonder one thing:  Why? 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 12:20 PM

Pawel - Thanks for the good wishes.

Echolmberg - Well, I plan to install lighting inside, and I've also opened up the windows above the pilots' seats. I'm considering cutting out a section of the fuselage on the right side from the front panel back to the front wheel well that would be removable to view the entire crew cabin area.

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posted by echolmberg on Friday, June 08, 2012 2:59 PM

Okay now THAT I can see!  That would be so awesome to be able to see inside part of the model.  Now you've got me thinking "Visible B-52" in much the same way they have the "Visible B-17" and the Phantom P-51.

Eric

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, June 10, 2012 7:13 AM

Below are some pictures of my progress. 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.

 

  • Member since
    April, 2012
  • From: Melbourne, Florida USA
Posted by Striker8241 on Friday, July 13, 2012 7:17 PM

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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