Revell Rockwell B-1B model in 1/72 scale made by Meindert de Vreeze
Here an old photo I took at the Air Tattoo at Fairford, probably in the early nineties.
1/72 scale model of the Rockwell B-1B Lancer has been here quite some years
now. It is the same as the original Revell-Monogram
from 1983. The latest edition Revell received boxnumber 04307 and costs
about only 26, - Euro.
There are about 80 parts in the kit, not including the 40 parts for the cruise missiles (not needed).
- remove B-1 prototype stuff from
the Revell model
Where do we
The model has no recessed panellines. Some new panellines were inscribed with the OLFA P-cutter. You do not need to do "all" panels, just the major ones. After applying the panellines, all parts' upper panellines were sanded off and finally all parts with very fine wet sandpaper to remove scratches.
The ailerons and flaps of the wing can also be engraved a bit deeper. Do all this work before you start assembly..
If you look at the model, you will
see that the wing gloves are too thick and they sit a bit too "high". This
can be improved. I started to reduce the wing pivots by 3 mm in height.
The wing gloves are bended a bit and sanded to get straight edges. (note:
the fuselage upper area is also a bit too curved but there is not a lot
you can do about this).
This also means that the winghalves upper and lower parts #31-34 also need some thinning to fit into the corrected wing gloves of the fuselage. The lower and upper winghalves were sanded a bit thinner, particularly also at the wing pivot gaps by 3 mm. This was done by first reducing the height of the wing pivots by a razorsaw, followed by sanding the wing parts on a flat piece of sand paper. In order to install the wing connecting rod #35, you need also to make some slotes/gaps in the wing pivot area.
The prepared wing halves were glued together.
The real bomb bay of the B-1B has
three equal sections, in 1/72 scale of 3 x 65 mm length. I opted to have
the bays closed, otherwise a lot of detail work would be required inside
the bays. Closing the bays was done with flat card so discarding
the supplied doors.
At the upper fuselage, in front of
the cockpit wind screen, a strange shape is present. It should be a smooth
area so sand smooth. (The canopy needs some filler later on to get a perfect
Aft of the canopy, a small window is present on both fuselage sides (Revell provides 2 decals #61A). The windows were cut open, sanded in shape with a file and will be later filled with Micro Kristal Klear.
Some gaps were created in the main
wheel wells to suggest the aft gear bays to be present. The main gear doors
are closed when a Bone is on the ground.
Go to next
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- Aerofax Minigraph no. 24, B-1A/B, 1986
- Uncovering the B-1B, DACO
- B-1B In action no. 179, Squadron Signal
- Detail & Scale no. 37, B-1 Lancer
- World Air Power, Volume. 24
- FineScaleModeller, Paul Boyer, Oktober 2002, article about Monogram-Revell kit
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