Revell Rockwell B-1B model in 1/72 scale
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The model was assembled previously (see page 2)
In the box are excellent decals of the usual good Revell quality with detailed stencillings with various choices and options for 3 USAF squadrons. There are even some minor variations, still a few options indicated with a letter "A".
I picked a scheme from the kit for an overall gray Bone of the USAF 9th bomb squadron which flew around 1996 from Dyess AFB in Texas, USA. But there are also numerous commercial decals for sale from Superscale/ Miroscale, Cutting Edge, Two Bobs and Fox One.
Nowadays I try as much as possible
to use acryllic paint. It is less harmful to your health than enamels.
I used here:
On photos "patches" with various grey hues are seen on the Bones. This can be achieved by adding some white to the paint and black during spraying. Some lines are sharp, you can achieve this with a mask of paper or tape. Do not "black out" the panellines, this is never seen on the bones.
The Revell acryllic paint is very thick. I thinned it in a ratio 40% paint, 40% water and 20% car window clean fluid. You can also use the Revell aqua off course.
The cockpit area was masked.
The nose has a slightly different grey FS36081, so I used Lifecolor UA030 acrylic paint that I had. After masking the nose, this was airbrushed on.
The wheelbays, insides of doors and any other internal open bays (such as the bomb bay) are plain white. I applied the white paint with a paint brush in several coats.
The engine exhaust were painted metallic/ silver.
Each decal was cut out, dipped in
water and applied.
The seal behind the wings are a bit
crude in the model. I simply used a decal here. I painted a piece of decal
light grey, cut it out and applied it to the model. Some fine lines were
pencilled on the decals to suggest the rubber seal gaps. Also note the
scratch made exhaust pipes "without Turkey feathers".
Very noticeably, a very thin white
outline around the edges of the cockpit windows can be seen on Bones. I
made these from very thin cut out white decals from the spare decals box.
It is quite some work but very wortwhile to do.
The model was decalled and ready, so now time for final assembly.
Some detalling can be done with hydraulic
lines on the gear legs and inside the bays. Most of large gear doors are
closed when a Bone sits on the ground.
New fine pitot tubes were added in the nose area and some tiny blade antennes on the fuselage. Also, some small static dischargers wires were added on the trailing edges of fin and wing tips.
The stabilizers were fitted.
Finally… a protective matt coat was added to the model through a mix of Johnson Future/ Pledge mixed with 15% Tamiya Flat Base X21 acrylic.
With some conversion work, the Revell kit can be made into a good model. It remains the best option in this scale (the old Airfix kit is much more incorrect in outline and shape and better avoided) .
The 1/72 Bone in the collection is a lot smaller than his Russian counterpart, the Tupolev Tu-160 Black Jack. But still… where do I put them?
NOTE: a Dutch version of this modelling
Report was published in the
magazine MIP "Modelbouw in Plastic" 1/2009
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