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

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Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, September 9, 2019 10:49 AM

Wupps! Found some errors already.

On Page 2, Adding the Chaff Ports, last image - corrected the inside dimensions of the chaff ports and the spacing between the ports.

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, September 8, 2019 10:38 AM

Below is a list of my recent additions/updates to various pages of the thread.

 Page 1
 
      Add missing right side ram air inlet.
      Modify Academy M35 Cargo Truck to make bomb truck tractor.
      Add internal bomb bay; cut out upper bomb bay doors; detail bomb bay and bomb bay doors; add catwalk.
      Construct bomb bay door safety locks.
Page 2
 
      Correct left and right side forward vents.
      Correct upper left side exhaust vents.
      Add longitudinal stiffeners to the fuselage.
      Add the ECM chaff ports.
      How to make wrinkles (without growing old...Smile )
      Add end detail to the bomb bay.         
Page 3
      Updated procedure to cut out ailerons.
      Updated procedure to induce wing droop.
Page 5
      Add chute compartment.
Page 7
      Updated information on the AN/ALE-27 chaff dispensing system.
Page 9
      Added procedure to cut out and detail the gunner's hatch.
Page 10
     Updated description of choosing the door lock color. 
Page 11
      Add steps and hatch lifter detail to the main access hatch.
Page 23
      Updated final detailing of the bomb bay end bulkheads.
Page 25
      Add a bomb clip mounting frame to the top of the bomb bay.
Page 35
      Added description covering the cockpit and gunner's compartment windows with food wrap.
NOTE: These procedures have not been verified yet so you may find some errors.
 
Cheers,
Russ

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, September 8, 2019 9:23 AM

Hi, Dom!

Thanks for the good words, my friend! Sorry to hear about your clips (and divorce) but I understand about your vision problem. I'm getting there too. Thanks to my magnifying glasses, I can still do some building. Guess I'll keep at it as long as I can Smile.

Many thanks for the offer of the MK-82s but all my trailers are built now and I don't think I could force myself to build another one lol.

Cheers and all the best to you!

Russ

 

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Posted by Bockscar on Sunday, September 8, 2019 9:05 AM

Hi Russ!

Living proof of the quality of your work!

I started the clips and got the pylons cut to size, but while I was working on that 5 years ago someone burst angrily into my hobby room in bad need of a divorce! - no kidding! LOL!

I don't think I'll ever get around to completing the clips now, my eyes are bad and hands aren't as steady anymore either, but good news is that I do hve some MK-82's around if you need them!

Awesome work Russ!

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Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, September 8, 2019 8:47 AM

Hello, All,
 
I'm happy to see that AIM has produced the Big Belly bomb clip munitions trailer (transporter) and an empty bomb clip to go with it.
 
 
However, there doesn't appear to be a source for 1/72 MK-82 bombs to populate the clips. Do any of you know of one?
 
Below is a picture of the completed AIM munitions trailer model next to one of mine. Their kit is very nicely built and detailed and what I can tell from the advertisement (they haven't sent me a clip yet), the bomb clips look really good too.
 
Have any of you built a clip and posted a picture somewhere? If so, please post a link to it here.

 

One item of note: each AIM trailer kit comes with a nicely detailed tool box sitting on the trailer, but in the real world, there was only one tool box for X number of trailers. And the box would not have been carried on the trailer but would have been carried in a maintenance truck or van. However, showing the tool box sitting on a stationary trailer would not be out of place. You just wouldn't have seen one on each trailer or sitting on a trailer that was being towed.
 
Cheers,
Russ

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, August 12, 2019 7:17 PM

Hey, Dom! Thanks for the good words!

Lol, it would have to be a tall 1/72 figure to walk into one! However, I've broken them so many times that this time, I'm gonna make them out of steel staples Smile

Cheers, my friend,

Russ

 

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Posted by Bockscar on Monday, August 12, 2019 6:09 PM
I forgot to mention Russ, if you don't put those pitot tubes back on the underside, think of all of the 1/72 scalps you'll save!!!

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Posted by Bockscar on Monday, August 12, 2019 6:04 PM
Hey Russ, your glass solution using food wrap film looks great!!! I remember you agonizing a few years back how to beat the distortion of the styrene, but looks like you got it right!!! Wow, your BUFF looks like it did a few tours over Hanoi for sure, Fab!!!

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Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 4:01 PM

Hi, All,

I finally got off my duff and covered the cockpit and gunner's compartment windows. Below are a few shots. Now I can replace the four pitot tubes I broke off in the process... Big Smile

Cheers and thanks for looking!

 

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Sunday, August 11, 2019 3:41 PM

Oops - double post. Seems to be something wrong with the file handler... Skip to next pls.

 

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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 build, all you need to do is multiply my dimensions in millimeters by 1.5. 
 
Cheers and good luck!
 
Russ
 

 

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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.

 

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Hi, Jeff! Thank you for the compliments!

Sorry I'm so late replying!

Cheers,

Russ

 

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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 

 

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Posted by The Drifter on Saturday, June 1, 2019 3:18 PM

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

Jeff

 

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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

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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

 

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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 or removed.

Cheers and thanks for looking!

Russ

 

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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. Below are some pictures.

Cheers,

Russ

 

 

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 15, 2018 4:51 PM

Lol good comparison, Dom! 

Thanks for the good words!

 

 

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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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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

Below is a comparison between my original bomb truck trailer and the correct one.

Tags: B-52D , 1/72 , bomb truck

 

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Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 8, 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

 

 

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, January 8, 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

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Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 8, 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)

 

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Posted by Bockscar on Monday, January 8, 2018 9:10 AM

Looking good Russ Yes

Your rig is nicely weathered!

Bombs On Board!!!Surprise

 

Happy New Year!

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Posted by Striker8241 on Monday, January 8, 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!

 

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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

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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

 

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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

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