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B-36 Peacemaker Monogram 1/72 Kit #5707 OOB Review and Build

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  • From: Cavite, Philippines
Posted by allan on Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:57 AM

That is a great build and review. One look at that wingspan and Ive decided Im never buying a B-36 kit. No parking space. lol.

No bucks, no Buck Rogers

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Thursday, January 28, 2016 9:52 AM

allan

That is a great build and review. One look at that wingspan and Ive decided Im never buying a B-36 kit. No parking space. lol.

 

LOL!  I hear you n that!  It is HUGE.  You can see on our kitchen island how it hangs over on each side.

We raided five kids...the youngest has been out of the house ofr seven years.  So, I am going to get a room for displaying the models...and I need it.

I have numerous large 1/350 scalewarships...particularly the aircraft carriers that take up space. (USS Enterprise, Chinese Liaoning, Russian Kuznetsov, USS Wasp, French Charles de Gaulle, Japanese Hyuga, HMS Illustrios, etc.)

...and also a bunch of 1/72 scale models.  My large ones so far are:

AC-130H Gunship

B-36J Peacemeaker

Tu-95MS Bear

P-8A Poseidon

But I still have a BUNCH more to build...and now, no place to put them.  These include all of the following:

B-52

XB-70

Tu-160

Space Shuttle

B1-B Lancer

B-2A Spirit

I simply have to wait to build those now until I have more space.

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Thursday, January 28, 2016 10:06 AM

Hehehe...if you guys ever want to try a really BIG 1/72 scael model...and I beleive it is the largest there is...then try Anigrand's resin, 1/72 scael C-5 Galaxy!

41" long and 37" wingspan.

But it aint cheap. $328 + shipping.  I have never had one and simply cannot justify that type of expense for the kit.

They make good kits. I built their XC-142A and they did a nice job. I may buy their F-8U3 CrusaderII which competed against the F-4 Phantom and was not chosen, even though it excelled in every way. But the US Navy wanted two engines and two piltos and Vought bucked that trend and lost. Five of them were built and several were used by NASA for years.

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  • From: Cavite, Philippines
Posted by allan on Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:01 PM

Ive always felt like an Air Boss on a carrier; so many planes (well, not just planes), so little space.

 

Whenever I place a bet on the lottery and wifey asks me what Id do if I win, I always answer with "a far bigger house and a far bigger hobby room."  And thats so I can then go an buy such ludicrously big kits as the 1/72 C-5 Galaxy. lol.

No bucks, no Buck Rogers

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Posted by Jeff Head on Saturday, January 30, 2016 12:50 PM

allan

... And thats so I can then go an buy such ludicrously big kits as the 1/72 C-5 Galaxy. lol.

 

I would LOVE to build that Anigrand 1/72 scale C-5...it is just too expensive, not to mention the space!

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Monday, February 15, 2016 11:04 AM

I added a youytube video of the model:

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sogC0Iad0ag&feature=youtu.be

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  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Monday, February 15, 2016 11:20 AM

Thanks for the great video, I have this beast in my stash.  One of my favorite movies is Strategic Air Command with Jimmy Stewart.  Fantastic flying scenes of the B-36.

Mike

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, February 15, 2016 11:25 AM

The Monogram B-36 Peacemaker isn't a new kit by all means. They've been around since the 70s. I should know, I built one in my youth years. Yes, it does take up a bit of parking space to display. I never could remember what happened to mine. I do know what happened to the Monogram B-52 kit though. It was stored in my parents' house attic for many years until we had to do a clean out in 2010.

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Monday, February 15, 2016 3:39 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

The Monogram B-36 Peacemaker isn't a new kit by all means. They've been around since the 70s. I should know, I built one in my youth years. Yes, it does take up a bit of parking space to display. I never could remember what happened to mine. I do know what happened to the Monogram B-52 kit though. It was stored in my parents' house attic for many years until we had to do a clean out in 2010.

 

Monogram came out with the first 1/72 scale model of this in 1980. 

It has been re-released four or five times by them (the one I built came out in 1989), with the latest in 2009 being a RB-36H. 

Revell also came out with their own in 2002, but had previously released a version with Monogram in 1997 I believe.

So, yes, they have been around a long time.

I bought mine several years ago, but then decided to build it last year after seeing (again...for maybe the 8th time) Strategic Air Command on Veteran's Dya.

 

GREAT kit.

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Posted by Stpete01 on Friday, February 03, 2017 2:56 AM

allan

That is a great build and review. One look at that wingspan and Ive decided Im never buying a B-36 kit. No parking space. lol.

 

allan

That is a great build and review. One look at that wingspan and Ive decided Im never buying a B-36 kit. No parking space. lol.

 

allan

That is a great build and review. One look at that wingspan and Ive decided Im never buying a B-36 kit. No parking space. lol.

I've always thought that this kit was really awesome.  I built one when I was assigned at Andrews (when it was an Air Force Base) and I was assigned at Malcolm Grow Hospital. I had it hanging from the ceiling in my shop near the flight line. Base commander showed up and wanted tp buy it. Who could say "No"? I've got 2 more now. Gonna build them simultaneously. An RB-36H and a B-36J.

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Friday, February 03, 2017 11:34 PM

Stpete01

I've always thought that this kit was really awesome.  I built one when I was assigned at Andrews (when it was an Air Force Base) and I was assigned at Malcolm Grow Hospital. I had it hanging from the ceiling in my shop near the flight line. Base commander showed up and wanted tp buy it. Who could say "No"? I've got 2 more now. Gonna build them simultaneously. An RB-36H and a B-36J.

I agree whole heartidly.

 

I loved building this model.

I love its story and the ti in to Jimmy Stewart.

Have a lot of fun and please create a build thread.  I am still going to scratch build a thrmo-nuclear bomb and its carrier to add to this model...but too busy on my 1/350 scale Ronald Reagan right now...hehehe!

Here's the link:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/7/t/173536.aspx

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, February 04, 2017 11:41 AM

Jeff, really good job on a classic model and aircraft. I've told my story before on the Forum, but I'll repeat it for you. Saw the movie several times. In the '50s, B-36s flew over Kansas often. You could hear the unique sound as they approached from miles away. Saw the one at Dayton and the nukes. My wife's uncle was the flight engineer on one and told me about walking inside the wing in flight to tune an inboard engine. I had to build the model as an adult of one of the most impressive aircraft ever. They are large even as a model and hanging in my office was the only way I could display it. It makes me smile everytime I pass by it.  Geeked

Thanks for sharing your build of a modeling classic!

Max

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Sunday, February 05, 2017 12:15 AM

Hodakamax

Jeff, really good job on a classic model and aircraft. I've told my story before on the Forum, but I'll repeat it for you. Saw the movie several times. In the '50s, B-36s flew over Kansas often. You could hear the unique sound as they approached from miles away. Saw the one at Dayton and the nukes. My wife's uncle was the flight engineer on one and told me about walking inside the wing in flight to tune an inboard engine. I had to build the model as an adult of one of the most impressive aircraft ever. They are large even as a model and hanging in my office was the only way I could display it. It makes me smile everytime I pass by it.  Geeked

Thanks for sharing your build of a modeling classic!

Max

 

Thank you!

...and what a beautiful build.  Nice scratch build on the thremo-nuclear bomb!

One day I will scratch build one myself, and I want to build it on that cart they used to wheel it uner the aircraft.

Yours looks stunning there and I thank you for sharing it with us.

I made need to hang m,ine up like that one day:

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, February 05, 2017 8:11 AM

Thanks Jeff, In case you missed it we had quite a disscussion on nukes and scratch building under Scratchbuilding/Nuclear Weapons that was fun and discussed several weapons even the 50 MT Russian monster. Check it out on the Forum below!

Max

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Sunday, February 05, 2017 4:27 PM

Thanks!  I will do so!

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Monday, February 06, 2017 4:17 AM

Extremely nice build.  Excellent execution!  Bravo, just bravo!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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  • From: West Chester,Ohio
Posted by roger_wilco on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:30 AM

Jeff: Speaking of the Anigrand kit, here's some photos my wife and I took of that kit along with their KC-10, both in 1/72. A very impressive diorama to say the least! This was taken at an IPMS show in Dayton,Ohio in 2016. 

 

KC-10_C-5A_72

KC-10_C-5A_72_02

 

"Build what YOU want, the way YOU want, and above all have fun!" - RIP Modeler Al. 

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 5:41 PM

roger_wilco

Jeff: Speaking of the Anigrand kit, here's some photos my wife and I took of that kit along with their KC-10, both in 1/72. A very impressive diorama to say the least! This was taken at an IPMS show in Dayton,Ohio in 2016. 

KC-10_C-5A_72_02

All I can say to that is WOW!  Just, WOW!

Those two huge aircraft together.

That C-5B in 1/72 scale, a 41" long and with a 37" wingspan,  has to be the largest scale model on the market.  The Russian aircraft would be bigger, but I do not know if anyone makes one.

Here's a site where anothjer guy bnuilt the C-5B.

http://www.ninfinger.org/karld/My%20Space%20Museum/c-5.htm

He did a sterlinbg job...but having the DC-10 refueling the C-5B is unbeatable.

They (ANnigrand) do make a 1/72 C141 and C00141B, as well as the C-17 (which I am eyeing).

My next Anigrand model though will probably be the F8U-3 in honor of my Dad who was the principle dynamics engineer at Vought Aeronautics at the time and was a lead on the F-7, F-8 Crusaer, A-7 Corsair II, the XF8U-3, and the XC-142A.

He has been gone now for 14 years, but long ago I made hm a three aircraft display of the F-7, F-8E, and A-7E in 1/72 scale when he retired in the late 1990s. (Thise were the ones that got into production and were deployed all over the world.

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  • From: Virginia
Posted by B36 Fan on Friday, June 29, 2018 6:13 AM

Hello, fellow B-36 fans.

I'm retired with time on my hands and have recently returned to modeling after a 50 year break.  I recently purchased a Monogram 5703 B36 model on EBay, and found this thread while looking for building tips.

My late father was a B-36 Master Mechanic who was assigned to both the 72d SRW at Ramey AFB, PR and  92d BW at Fairchild AFB, WA.  I was stationed at Chanute from 1975 to 78, and he loved to walk around the behemoth and reminisce. 

He lived in Illinois, and was "drafted" to assist in preparing the Chanute plane for transfer to Castle AFB.  My brother was an aircraft mechanic assigned at Castle at the time, and went TDY to Chanute.  I believe they spent over a month on the mammoth task, and my dad was in hog heaven.  My brother marveled that dad knew and remembered so much about the workings of that plane.

He had one of these models hanging in his home, and I'm building this one in his honor.  I hope mine turns out half as well as yours.  Great detailed writeup!

 

 

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  • From: Virginia
Posted by B36 Fan on Monday, July 09, 2018 2:45 PM

From viewing Jeff's profile, it appears he is no longer with us.  If anyone else following the thread has built this behemoth, I have a question.

I also plan to add all the intricate wing decals, and I'm thinking it might be easier to work with by applying them all before attaching the wings to the fuselage.  Has anyone done it that way, or are there issues I'm unaware of?

Thanks.

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:44 PM

B36 Fan...I am still around my friend.

 

The cancer continues to takes its toll, but the goo Lord has allowed me to continue surviving far longer thn the Drs exected.

 

I will add a couple of builds I have been able to do over the last few months.

 

in the mean time, here are some Youtube videos of some of my work of late:

 

XB-70 in 1/72 scale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZFByXhfozM

 

Chinese H-6K Bomber in 1/72s scale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmtYrrX3-pA

 

US Navy 2 Carrier CSG in 1/350 Scale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EfoVwP4Kp0

 

Chinese CSG Group with the Liaoning, CV-16, Type 055 DDG, Type 052D DDGs, and Type 054A FFgs all in 1/350 scale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB48p4InG1U

 

US Navy Complete ARG in 1/350 Scale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs0pJvCq7eg&t=8s

 

JMSDF Carrier Group with the Hyuga class DDH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_thjk46iwBU

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:11 PM

B36 Fan

From viewing Jeff's profile, it appears he is no longer with us.  If anyone else following the thread has built this behemoth, I have a question.

I also plan to add all the intricate wing decals, and I'm thinking it might be easier to work with by applying them all before attaching the wings to the fuselage.  Has anyone done it that way, or are there issues I'm unaware of?

Thanks.

 

The only issue I could see is that if you need to mask the joint for putty/ paint; that could damage the decals.

I did it a different way that I thought worked well.

I dont remember if there is a raised line or anything to position the decals, but it's easy to do the following.

Paint a black line wherever there would be a stripe. Use the right width of thin tape to mark the lines. Then paint the silver over that. I thought it looked pretty good.

 

Bill

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Posted by B36 Fan on Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:16 AM

Jeff,

I'm glad to see the reports of your demise were greatly exaggerated!  My sister also had chordoma, and hers progressed much faster that yours.  We lost her in Feb 2017.

I'm glad to see you are still up, around, and building models. 

Godspeed, my friend!

Gary

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  • From: Idaho, USA
Posted by Jeff Head on Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:13 AM

B36 Fan

Jeff,

I'm glad to see the reports of your demise were greatly exaggerated!  My sister also had chordoma, and hers progressed much faster that yours.  We lost her in Feb 2017.

I'm glad to see you are still up, around, and building models. 

Godspeed, my friend!

Gary

 

Thank you so much.

It got into my soft tissue, including my liver, in 2016.  I first found out about the Chordoma which had filled my entire sacrum in 2009, and had my entire sacrum removed in 2010 which involved three very long and very extensive surgeries, the shortest of which was 14 hours, the longest of which was 21 hours.

In 2016 they pronounced it terminal and gave me 3-4 months to live...but it has not progressed rapidly like others have from that point.  I can not say exactly why other than to believe that the good Lord has more for me to do here on earth before He brings me home.

Thank you again for your concern and your prayers.  God's speed and His blessings to you and yours!

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Posted by B-36Andy on Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:42 PM

Great job on this build! I built one for my barber shop and got the Mk17 from Spectre for the bomb bay---Mine didn't look nearly as good as yours-----its a tough build!

I remember these birds as I lived 3 miles from the end of the runway at Carswell--where Convair was located---they seemed to have at least 200 of those monsters there during 1952--1954. Really cool if you were 7 years old!! Wow--were they noisy!

Right now I'm trying to figure out how to build the 1/48 scale bird (its large) and may need to scratch build some of the smaller nukes for it.

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  • From: Virginia
Posted by B36 Fan on Monday, July 23, 2018 5:14 PM

I found a couple pictures dad (surreptitiously) took while at Ramey AFB.

 

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Posted by Ish47guy on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 1:27 AM

Jeff Head

Hehehe...if you guys ever want to try a really BIG 1/72 scael model...and I beleive it is the largest there is...then try Anigrand's resin, 1/72 scael C-5 Galaxy!

41" long and 37" wingspan.

I pulled the trigger on one of those kits back in 2011.  From top to bottom, all 1/72nd, KC-135, C-5, B-52, B-36.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:28 AM

Ish47guy

 

 
Jeff Head

Hehehe...if you guys ever want to try a really BIG 1/72 scael model...and I beleive it is the largest there is...then try Anigrand's resin, 1/72 scael C-5 Galaxy!

41" long and 37" wingspan.

 

 

I pulled the trigger on one of those kits back in 2011.  From top to bottom, all 1/72nd, KC-135, C-5, B-52, B-36.

 

oh my...going to need a warehouse

 

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Posted by Ish47guy on Friday, July 27, 2018 4:04 AM

tempestjohnny

I pulled the trigger on one of those kits back in 2011.  From top to bottom, all 1/72nd, KC-135, C-5, B-52, B-36.

   

oh my...going to need a warehouse

 

 

I hear ya, but for now, my circumstances allow me plenty of room for models.  I'll probably run out of time (retirement is getting really close) before I run out of space (living solo in a comfortable-sized house) for all these large kits I have in the stash.  I recently made up my mind to buy that 1/48th Concorde kit from HPH.  Bigger kits are easier on the eyes.

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  • From: Southern Indiana
Posted by sbemo13 on Monday, July 30, 2018 10:03 PM

LOVE your display case and models! B-36 looks awesome sitting there. Shawn

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