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1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

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  • 2 weeks later...

Not much building to report on (in fact none at all since the last update!) but these arrived from HPH over the festive period:


49335065827_890afdfcf2_z.jpgIMG_1738 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


They are from their recent 1/48th release, and they agreed to sell me a set of decals as a standalone purchase. I don't have much faith in the Sanger decals, so hopefully these will be spot on when the time comes. Disappointingly, there are no squadron badges or nose art provided, only white backgrounds. I've contacted HPH about this but am yet to receive any response... if the worst happens I can probably use the Sanger items over the white backgrounds - we'll see!



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Afternoon all...


It's been a while since an update on this monster - work and a lack of mojo conspiring against any significant progress. However, I have made some in-roads into the cockpit transparencies, which are vital in capturing the look of the BUFF.


You only get one canopy with the kit so there's no room for error - definitely a case of measure thrice and cut once. When the cockpit glazing had been trimmed to the correct shape, it became apparent that it was quite significantly wider than the fuselage. This is because as the fuselage immediately below the cockpit curves inwards too much as you move up to the base of the flghtdeck windows, and therefore is too narrow for the cockpit to sit on correctly. 


The solution was to make a plasticard 'base' which matched the shape of the bottom area of the transparencies. This was then mounted on the fuselage where the glazing will sit, and the difference in space built up with Milliput and blended to shape. This has now corrected the shape of the fuselage sides, as well as making the cockpit more or less a drop-fit:


49506587306_55d0cb8aea_z.jpgDSC_0305 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


The cockpit windows have been marked out with masking tape, and are not 100% correct yet but have given a good approximation:


49506586606_9ffce6ffb3_z.jpgDSC_0315 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


49506586451_e1253dc938_z.jpgDSC_0316 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


When compared to the original:


49506077738_0edb5abf74_z.jpgNose on view by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


I think I'm not too far off:


49506806862_2a88d1498c_z.jpgDSC_0309 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


A bit more fettling ahead yet, but progress is progress, no matter how small...



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Half term is upon us so a bit of bench-time this afternoon.


I've begun making the basic cockpit structure - the rear bulkhead was made from plastic card along with the bases for the side consoles:


49535022927_791b8397c0_z.jpgIMG_E1803 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


The other smaller structural parts were made using Evergreen strip of various thicknesses:


49535022652_e9feffac80_z.jpgIMG_E1804 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


Obviously there's lots more to add, and as I hate making and painting cockpits this will be a case of picking it up and putting it down as and when the mood takes.


Until next time,


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1 hour ago, scvrobeson said:

It looks very good.  Comparing to the reference photos, the nose looks a bit blunt though?  The reference photo nose looks a bit more pointed and narrower. Might just be a trick of the photos though.


Hi Matt,


The same thought has crossed my mind too, but the nose I’ve made follows my plans perfectly so I think it must be the angle of the photo playing tricks.


All the best,


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