Re: B-52 conversions
- hello all....
Robert Shendock wrote:
> I received a Revell B-52H kit recently. It appears to be a very nice kit.Well...it could be done, but the Revell issue (if it's the same one I'm thinking
> Has anyone tried to actualize this kit to a B-52A or B? I noticed
> conversions are available for Crown/Minicraft kits.
of, the most recent issue) has a LOT of later lumps and bumps and other
modifications to it. You could convert it, and I thought of doing that, but
some folks in the know told me the Crown/Minicraft kit is a much less
troublesome starting point. That kit is also very nice, and that's what I'm
using for my early B-52 (in conjunction with the Cutting Edge conversion).
Were I you, I'd do as some other folks have suggested and use the Revell kit to
depict the B-52 NASA is using to replace 008. It's a very handsome aircraft in
its NASA colors. Maybe down the road I'll do that, when some other stuff gets
cleared away here. :)
By the by, the Cutting Edge conversion sets are *very* nice and I was surprised
at how affordable they were, considering all you get in them (new forward
fuselage, taller tail and new tail section, new engines, "notched" inboard flap,
etc.). I have the NB-52A conversion and really am looking forward to using it.
The only thing keeping me from moving forward is that I want to see what pylons
and test vehicles will be forthcoming. (The other thing is, you have to buy the
decals separately, and you only get two schemes on the 003 sheet, so for its
price it's a small sheet -- but if you're enterprising you can get one of the
ALPS folks to print you other schemes, I imagine.)
- There is not much out there yet, but the following may be of help?
The new pylon for the NB-52H is from the Fabrication Shop, of the
Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake. This sounds like the kind of
thing they would be proud of, and publicize... perhaps local papers
would have detail pictures?
A trick I have used on the 1/72 B-52, is to offset the landing gear
for display on the ground. The B-52 has a unique, crosswind gear,
where it can roll straight down the runway and yet crab the airframe
into the wind. Done to a model, this makes it look "heavier" and more
realistic for some reason.
- Thank all for the wealth of information. As it usually goes, I was going to
do it as a B-52H until I saw the photo of the opposing B-52's at the
referenced Edwards site - wow - now I need to do both in the same scale.
- In message <3FF437F4.ACBB9302@...>, raisingirl@...
>hello all....Just a general point that may (or may not?) be generally known, (and may
>Robert Shendock wrote:
>> I received a Revell B-52H kit recently. It appears to be a very nice kit.
>> Has anyone tried to actualize this kit to a B-52A or B? I noticed
>> conversions are available for Crown/Minicraft kits.
>Well...it could be done, but the Revell issue (if it's the same one I'm thinking
>of, the most recent issue) has a LOT of later lumps and bumps and other
>modifications to it. You could convert it, and I thought of doing that, but
>some folks in the know told me the Crown/Minicraft kit is a much less
>troublesome starting point. That kit is also very nice, and that's what I'm
>using for my early B-52 (in conjunction with the Cutting Edge conversion).
or may not be of any use..) is that the first Revell 1:144 B-52 *was*
the Crown kit. Only later did the company issue it own version. So if
you see an ad for a 'Revell 1:144 B-52', it could be worth checking
which issue. (The Revell 'Crown' reissue is numbered 4728.)
MAT IRVINE <mat@...>
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