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#1 Chris Jephcott

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 11:57 PM

So... this is what my decision is on the kit.

I don't know what it's going to be like in the box, all I know is that it is arriving by the end of next week. Then I will go to the sim, come back and see where we are!

The other problem... what on earth will I do with it when it's made?

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Edited by Chris Jephcott, 18 August 2011 - 09:05 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2011 - 11:59 PM

Hang it from the ceiling..?? Great choice by the way...

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 05:46 AM

Great choice, I LOVE the BUFF so I'l be watching in anticipation :D

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:06 PM

Hi Chris - just to add my welcome to the GB too :welcome:

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:00 PM

The day of reckoning is nigh... It's not a rapture... more an incredibly large box due in the post tomorrow. Which I'm thankful, SWMBO moved out or else I would be in for a substantial "no speaking treatment" for a considerable amount of time...

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 12:35 AM

Thats why I claimed to convieniently miss the bus for school when I saw the Post van roll up the street as I ran down to grab a massive box and hide it!

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 02:21 PM

Ok then... the kit arrived today. This is what I saw when I opened up the rather large box:

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So I eagerly opened it up and found this... Yes, that is a size 10 foot by the side of it.

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Whichever way you look, there is going to be nowhere for this big bad boy to be kept when it's made up! However, it won't stop me trying though!!!

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 02:56 PM

Nice weathering on the foot... :analintruder:

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 03:04 PM

Nice weathering on the foot... :analintruder:


Too much emphasis on the panel lines for me :whistle:

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:37 PM

Yeah, sadly there is a bit of battle damage on the foot as well - I'm still recovering from my moped accident.

My initial thoughts on the kit are good - it has raised panel lines - which I'm not too bothered about as I generally don't mind working with raised panel lines at all... I could rescribe, but I'm not too sure if I will or not.

The two big things for me that stand out:

1/ The bomb bay - the options are for the bomb bay to be open or closed. I will probably have it open though, in which case, they provide you with a one piece moulded bomb bay roof complete with bombs. It does look quite poor, so I'm thinking about scratchbuilding a new bombbay plus fittings, to give a better idea as to size and scale of the best.

2/ The cockpit - I know that not too much will be visible, but I intend to have the crew access door open, and aside from the cockpit floor with the pilots seats, there is no detail inside there, so I'm half tempted to scratch build a little bit more in there and make into a bit more of an accurate representation of the Buff flightdeck.

In the meantime though, sadly, work is getting in the way this weekend. It's into the Simulator for me, for my twice yearly grilling on what I'm doing wrong and how I'm doing it wrong... but I'll be back on Monday afternoon to dose up on Sheet Styrene and nerves.

If anyone has any photos of B-52 bomb bays or cockpits, please let me know - any help is greatly appreciate on this!

Chris

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 11:14 PM

Chris: I believe that the B-52's internal load during the Vietnam campaign utilised bomb clips [removeable racks], that is, the clips were loaded with bombs then the clip was loaded into the bomb bay. Of course external bombs could be loaded as well. When a max bomb load was loaded the a/c took off with less fuel then refulled once airborn. One tanker per three bombers....When I was stationed in Okinawa, circa 1970, we would watch the bombers and tankers take off from Kadena AFB. It was quite a sight.

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#12 Chris Jephcott

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 08:36 AM

http://randomlywalki.../B52 Bombay.JPG


that's the view of a SAC B-52 bomb bay, which is probably much better looking than the one I have got right now... which is shown in this picture:


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It's looking increasingly likely that what I'll do is scratchbuild a bomb bay akin to the photo and have it empty as I don't think I've got any spare armaments hanging around at the moment.

Thank you very much for the info on the clips, that is very interesting indeed. I bet that was an amazing sight to watch!

Either way, I'll crack on with it next week - need to get this weekend out of the way with first.

Chris

Edit: didn't realise that first picture was so big!

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 12:07 PM

It's looking increasingly likely that what I'll do is scratchbuild a bomb bay akin to the photo and have it empty as I don't think I've got any spare armaments hanging around at the moment.


Hi Chris,

I'm building the same kit at the moment, but I'm converting it a current H model. I too scratch-built the gear bays and bomb bay. If you're interested, the link to my build is here:

http://www.britmodel...showtopic=67662

Also, regarding your comments on the bomb-load, if you're interested I've got some spare Vietnam-era free-fall bombs from the spare sprues in my kit if you want them. If so, pm me your address and I'll send them your way.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:07 PM

Hi Tom, apologies about the delay in getting back to you - yes, I would really appreciate the offer of the bomb clips! Thank you very much indeed. I've had a good detailed look at your build thread - I think it could be quite useful for me on this one!!!

In other news.. I'm back from the Sim now and I'm commencing work on the beast.

First stage is to scratch build a cockpit. I will be putting photos up of this process tomorrow.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:41 PM

Ok, here's the diagram that I have found for the scratchbuilding process

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What I am aware of from various internal views is that the area between the flight deck and the Electronics Officers seat, there are a bunk bed, and a toilet. There's also a couple of storage areas in there...

So I'm going to work on the first layer of the cockpit now though.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 04:05 PM

Oooh, this is gonna be good :D

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 07:05 PM

After a lot of swearing, test fitting, sanding, resanding, refitting, resanding... this is where I am now...

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The basic frame for the area is complete... and now I can start to work on the details of it.

Chris

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:13 AM

Excellent work! Please keep it going!

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:34 PM

Doesnt look like youll be able go see too much internal dtail with that kit, but going good so far none the less! :thumbsup:

So I eagerly opened it up and found this... Yes, that is a size 10 foot by the side of it.
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And to think Ive got three of those monsters! EEP! :shocked:

(Thats 3 BUFFS by the way, not three feet as that would just be strange! :D )

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 10:02 PM

Well then guys... progress has been a bit slow on this, but I'm finally getting somewhere. It's been a nightmare with the amount of poorly located injector marks and also the amount of flash coming from various surfaces. However, I've cleaned that all up

I got myself a contouring tool a couple of weeks ago and that really helped with the scratchbuilding, so I have been able to make a couple of decent bulkheads and finish off the cockpit area, as the following photos will show - now, all it needs is painting up in the finished colours.

I've not made too much of an effort on the cockpit as precious little of it is going to be visible when the model is glued together, hence how it is that some of the instruments looks a bit rough and ready... the important part is that I know it's in there. I've still got to add the pilot and copilot seats into the mix and detail this a bit more too.

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And this is how it is fitting into the nose - yet again, I've made some rudimentary spacers and added fuse wire to simulate the vast amount of wiring that runs down the inside of the noses of these beasts.

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Next up was the undercarriage bulkheads and bomb bay. The under carriage provide with the kit is quite basic, and I'm going to enhance it by detailing my own bays. The bulkheads are just the start though - I intend now to line the bay with spacers and add more detail to the bay in order to make it look more realistic.

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I've also started on enhancing the bombbay. I've made a rudimentary basic shape at the moment, and yet again, I will be detailing this in the forthcoming days...

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So, plenty more work to go... But we have a start on it!