Sunday, November 12, 2017

Military aircraft vol.88: Rockwell B-1B Lancer

Rockwell B-1B Lancer
US$50,00 plus shipping
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals (Two Bobs set 72-085 Dakota Backbone).
This kit has been in my workbench for 10 years! It is a record. Several times i tough of giving up this project in favor of the 1/48 scale model. However the first steps went really well, the problem being the final details. The nacelles are a big problem, specially the exhausts. Oddly, the wings have nice recessed panel lines, while the fuselage have raised ones. The fuselage also have the problem of being split in upper and lower halves that leaves you with a seam in the middle of the side panels, much more difficult to work with than the center joint line if the fuselage is split in half. In the end, i had to scribe the panel lines on the fuselage. The kit decals were damaged in a flood, so i got a new set from "Two Bobs" printed by Microscale. When the kit was almost done, i received the news of the Barracuda set to correct several of the problems of the kit, but i tough it was too late. I got the barracuda kit for my 1/48 scale model. The 1/72 B-1B was finished with the parts in the box, painted with Tamiya acrylics and Alclad II metallic colors for the engine exhausts.