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Hasegawa 1/72 B-47E

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  • From: Northern California
Hasegawa 1/72 B-47E
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 6:00 PM

The B-47 is one of those airplanes that has always been one of my favorites, both elegant in appearance and one of the major milestones in the history of aircraft design. Over 1500 were built, and besides politics it may have been what made the Air Force give up on the YB-49, since it had the same range and was 100 mph faster. I used the Pavla resin cockpit and engine sets, which also provide a vacuform canopy. The kit canopy has major coke bottle disease. The decals are crocodiled from the years the kit has been in my stash, so Microscale decals were used.  I would not use the resin engine set again as it made little improvement and had fit problems.  The resin cockpit and vacuform canopy were well worth the effort.   A resin set was used to drop the flaps, which required cutting the wings appropriateley in the flap area.  The set was very fragile and needed a lot of work to get rid of layering marks from the printing process.

Not a quick build but just one of those subjects that has to be in my collection. I made decal strips to frame the canopy.

 











John

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Posted by patrick206 on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 6:49 PM

It's a beaut John, so nicely built and finished. One of my favorite airplanes also, one of those that just "looked right," elegant and yet purposeful. Thanks for the post and photos.

Patrick

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 7:30 PM

Looks great John - a real beauty

Thanks,

John

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 7:58 PM

Very nice work John! What paint did you use for the metal finish? Looks great!

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 8:00 PM

Great looking finish John! All it needs now is a Jimmy Stewart pilot figure. Wink

 

 

 

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 8:32 PM

So purty...

It is somewhat surprising a new tool kit has yet to materialize.  Heck, Caracal has recently made aftermarket decals for this plane.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 11:58 PM

Thanks, everyone, all the nice comments are much appreciated.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, October 12, 2023 2:27 PM

That came out well, John. I personally thought that the kit was a pig with all of the early Hasegawa problems such as ambivalent location clues for joins.

 

You won the fight!

 

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    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, October 12, 2023 5:58 PM

The 47 was a good looking aircraft.  There was a squadron of them at Little Rock at one time.  I heard that one crashed near the base and when I was there they had a nose of one near the wrecked B-58 near the burn pit.

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    February 2004
Posted by dhenning on Thursday, October 12, 2023 8:39 PM

Actually one blew up after take off over Little Rock in the late 50s.  They suffered quite a few wing failures in flight.

Beautiful job on the ancient Hasegawa kit.  I have considered doing the same when the resin cockpit came out, but still hoping for a new kit in 1/72 scale.

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, October 19, 2023 1:22 AM

Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, October 19, 2023 8:09 AM

Fantastic NMF John

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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, October 20, 2023 6:33 AM

Great work John. Your NMF looks fabulous.Toast  I sure wish there was some special ops 'vietnam' version of this a/c, sorta like the ap-2h with some neat camo... Wink

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    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Friday, October 20, 2023 8:34 AM

Beautiful model, John! YesBeerYesBeer

cbaltrin
I sure wish there was some special ops 'vietnam' version of this a/c, sorta like the ap-2h with some neat camo...

I know a S.E.A. camouflage pattern was drawn up (though never used) for the B-58 Hustler -- one presumes, since the official retirement date for the B-47 was around 1969, that a similar contingency might have been drawn up for the Stratojet. Might be out there on the 'net, somewhere.

(I've seen pictures of Hustler models done in camouflage...don't recall having seen any B-47 models in similar nick.)

Greg

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, October 20, 2023 3:06 PM

Thanks again, all of you.

I think it would break my heart to paint a B-47 in camouflage, especially like a black bottom B-52 style.  But it would be a quicker build.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

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