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  1. Great Wall Hobby (GWH) from China & Pit-Road from Japan are to release 1/144th Boeing B-52G & H Stratofortress kits. The B-52D & F types are reported not being considered for the moment. First boxing will be in November 2020 the GWH kit: - ref. L1008 - Boeing B-52H Stratofortress Source: https://www.facebook.com/artscale.eu/posts/3529849030443269 V.P.
  2. After the B-1(link) in 2019, Academy is to release in 2020 a new tool 1/144th Boeing B-52 (variant ?) Stratofortress kit - ref.12622 Source: http://academy.co.kr/1aden/site/01_academy_kor/notice/2020_catalog.pdf V.P.
  3. HpH is working on a 1/48th Boeing B-52 Stratofortress resin/fiberglass kit. Source: https://ipmsnymburk.com/forum/viewtema.php?ID_tema=39718 In design - wood mock up V.P.
  4. B-52G Bomb Bay & Undercarriage Update Sets (for ModelCollect) 1:72 Eduard We reviewed the new kit from ModelCollect here, and although it has a few faults (don't all kits?), it's still an impressive chunk of plastic. Eduard have leapt on it and already produced a bunch of sets, which we had a look at here, and now they're filling the gaps with another two, and they're both LARGE. As usual with Eduard's larger Photo-Etch (PE) sets, they arrive in a flat A5 Ziplok bag, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. B-52G Bomb Bay (72682) The weight of the bag is due to there being three sheets of PE, as the B-52's bomb bay is hardly small. There are two options provided in the set, depending on whether you have the landing flaps deployed or not. If the flaps are deployed, the inner bay doors only are opened, and you leave the fuselage around the bay intact. If you're not deploying the flaps, the bay can be posed entirely open, with the outer edge of the bay also folded out so that the bay doors extend out and up for better visibility and easier access to the bay. This isn't abundantly clear in the instructions if you didn't already know this already, but the pictures of the set installed on their site soon clear that up, one of which you can see below. Construction for the flaps-down option begins with removing the detail on the insides of the fuselage and replacing it with a more detailed skin with lots of additional braces and stringers added. The retraction mechanism and short bulkheads are installed within, and the roof "tray" has its moulded-in detail removed and replaced by more detail that improves the look substantially. The bulkheads are also cut back and replaced by more detailed skins, plus a set of "ears" that the inner bay doors later attach to, hanging almost vertically down. For the flaps-up option, the moulded-in outer doors are removed, and a new bay door panel is fabricated from a number of PE parts, with a little careful bending required to mimic the shape of the removed section. These are then attached to the bay sides in a deployed position, and the inner doors are made up (also curved to shape) and fixed to their outer edge. There is a scrap diagram showing the correct angle for this option, but not for the other option, which would have been useful under the circumstances. Check your references and the picture from the Eduard site below if you're unsure. Either way, the improvement in this important area is well worth the effort. B-52G Undercarriage (72683) The smaller of the two sets, with only one large sheet in the bag, it nonetheless improves the detail of an important and open area by adding ribbed sidewalls, stringers and equipment boxes to all four wheel bays, with only the moulded-in bases of the kit boxes needing removing from the insides of the fuselage, and the meagre moulded-in detail on the bulkheads, which again is replaced by a more realistic ribbed internal skin. Having put my head inside one or two full-sized wheel bays a while back, they will look much better with some more detail in there, and installation should be pretty straight forward. Review sample courtesy of
  5. B-52G Updates (for Modelcollect) 1:72 Eduard Many of us have been waiting for a new tooled B-52 for a long time, and ModelCollect have now obliged, starting with the B-52G that we reviewed here, recently. Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner. Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Interior (73646) Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass. A complete set of new layered instrument panels and side consoles are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals and box; ejection seat details; a new crew-seats for the third top-deck crew; crew-harnesses for all three seats; a new floor skin, crew ladder and entranceway detail are also supplied along with a brand new lower hatch that fits into the existing hole. Zoom! Set (SS646) This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above. Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements. Engines(72680) This larger bare brass set contains some important detail parts, such as the fans within the engines, beginning with the intake compressor, for which you are told to carve a piece of sprue to the shape of the stator cone – times eight, of course. Another fan is attached to the front of the internal tube, and an exhaust lip with three triangular(ish) flaps encroaching back into the trunk is glued to the rear of each exhaust. You will need to build them up in pairs due to the arrangement of the engine, with four pods making up the dreaded 8-engine approach. Landing Flaps (72677) To say that this is the largest set doesn't convey quite how much brass is in the bigger ziplok bag. There are two approximately A5 sheets, plus two other extra sheets that would normally be large enough for a whole set, which meant I had to scan the set in two parts as it wouldn't fit on my Letter sized plattern. The B-52's wings are enormous, so it's flying surfaces are bound to be too, which explains the hectares of PE we have here. Each flap bay is made up from a central slab that has many of the delicate ribs with detail layer captive initially, which are then folded, twisted and bent back into the etched lines, whilst meshing with the lateral parts to form the internal structure of the bay. Additional ribs are added, and flap-runs are fixed to the assembly along with 0.8mm rod from your own stock. The inner flap bays have masses of additional detail added around the root, plus a skin that matches the cut-out to the flap itself. The kit flaps are replaced by new ones all fabricated from PE, which is bent and folded over to the correct shape and detailed with small brackets, access hatches etc. once you have all four bays and flaps completed, the kit flap detail needs to be removed from the insides, with a scrap diagram showing you what to remove. The bays are then glued in place, and the linkages between the bays and flaps are finished off, allowing the modeller to join them to the model. Due to the realism of the connections, the flaps will be quite delicate, so the attachment is best done after all the major handling of the aircraft is over, so plan ahead. Masks (CX531) Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, plus a set of hub masks for all the wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Minicraft is to release soon a 1/144th Boeing B-52D/F Stratofortress kit - ref. 14734 Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenmats/permalink/1568892043170332/ V.P.
  7. Hi, There are two windows (one on each side) on the B-52D fuselage, just rearward of the in-flight refuelling installation. AFAIK, there's no window in the EWO positin, so can anybody tell me what's beneath those windows? I can't find any picture or plan explaining that. TIA, Sébastien
  8. So as promised after the Tu22 my next build is another 1/72 bomber and is one of my all time favourite aircraft, the Boeing B52 Stratofortress. This is the Monogram 'big, bad and beautiful' kit of the aircraft, which I think will be the largest model kit I have ever built and after the B36 is probably one of the largest 1/72 aircraft out there. This kit depicts the aircraft during Operation Arc Light, strategic bombing raids against North Vietnam during the Vietnam War, with the bomb bay and wing pylons loaded up with 1000lb 750lb M117 bombs and the distinctive 3-tone camoflague scheme along with a more unusual black underside. I got this second hand (the only way to get them nowadays) a while ago and have now decided to just hold my breath and plunge in to what will no doubt be a difficult but enjoyable build. The B52 is one of the most iconic aircraft of the Cold War and I think that as much as us Cold War types love it, comparatively few of us end up actually building one. The awesome box art, consistent with the Monogram 1/72 B36 and 1/48 B58 and B29: I believe that the contents are not in the best condition (if the box is anything to go by anyway) and a couple of parts may be already assembled so, in the words of Bryn Cartwright from the Welsh classic Twin Town, 'what's the existing shamonga like?' Upon opening the box: A quick size comparison- that's an Airfix 1/72 Typhoon, already quite a large aircraft: Laying out the box contents- required multiple photos due to size: The bits that had come off of the sprues the box- I've checked it and it appears to all be there: Instructions and decals: By this point I was itching to get started so I did, assembling the wing fuel tanks: And the engines- one of these was already done. There are only three here as the kit has the ability to show one engine with the inspection hatch removed, which I will be doing: And the engine pylons- one of these was also already done: I also did the main landing gear: This is going to be a fun one! With the Christmas holidays over my modelling rate will be slowing down drastically but I will try to spend one or two nights a week at least in the mancave. -Flash
  9. B-62G - 58-0183 - It is marked as " 0183 Valkyrie " and was operated by the 2nd BW / 596th BS at Barksdale AFB, assigned in January 1991 to Operation Secret Squirrel, withdrawn from service in July 1991. Now at Pima Air & Space Museum, pics thanks to Mike.
  10. These are the B-52D 56-0689 in Duxford, photos by Rich Ellis
  11. B-52H Pics from Richard E
  12. Boeing B-52B Stratofortress S/N 52-8711. Built as a B model, later converted to RB-52B. At the SAC museum in Nebraska, Pics thanks to Darwin.
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