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I too have seen a lot of B-47s with buff and black radomes on the bottom, but at this point I'm leaving it as is, as I've seen a few this way too. I'm not trying to build a specific a/c, but just do a "representative" scheme. I'll be adding a red stripe across the top of the tail fin too at some point.

 

I've seen pics with the white way up the sides, and also where only 1/3 of the bottom wing was painted white. I've seen pics where the SAC band comes all the way down to the radome, and others where it ends at the white camo on the sides. There seems to be some latitude depending on time frame and bomb wing.

 

Thanks for all of the kind words folks!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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The decals are finally on!

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As with everything else, this was 2 steps forward and 1 back.....I had a LOT of problems with decals shattering, despite the use of a gloss over coat before hand. I think this was due to two primary reasons: old decals and NOT using warm water (at first). Old decals are just that, and if you're like me, some of them in the stash could probably vote! Evidently this is true for all of my white and black striping! Some of the other problems of breakage could be simply because I wasn't patient enough to allow enough time for the decal to loosen from the backing in cool water, and prodding them created stress fractures. When I heated the water for 30secs in the microwave and tried again, things went MUCH smoother!

The only truly disappointing decal area was that the SANGER B-47 decals (evidently) have no white backing under the decals. The SAC sashes looked great on the white decal sheet. However, once I pulled them off it was evident that the stars and (worse) the shields had NO background to them! The silver of the plane does make them look OK, but not correct. Sigh....at this point there nothing else to be done because I'm not aware of any 1/48 SAC sashes on other sheets. At this point I'm ready to move on anyway, as "competing" with this model (in true IPMS fashion) went out the window way back when!

Since I couldn't use decal stripes for the wing walks, I was in a dilemma until I remembered I had a roll of 1/8" black Chartpack tape.While this means those stripes have a little non-scale thickness to them, I was readily willing to live with that versus masking and painting them! This turned out to be a breeze! The tape was simply stretched out and laid along the proper line and the excess cut away with a new blade. In order to be sure the the lines on the top of the fuselage were centered and straight, I first placed a wider piece of tape down the center of the spine and then ran the black tape along its edges. This allowed me to at least lay out the wing walks and blend them in with the wing insignias with a minimal of fuss!

There's actually one more decalling job left: the white canopy sealing lines. I have some .5mm tape I've sprayed white and will try to use that now, since the white decal stripes I had want to fracture too!

At least this major step is done, and I can move on towards putting all the fiddly bits in place to start finishing this beast up! As always, questions, comments, and critiques are welcome! Cheers!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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:gold-plane:

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It may not be "contest quality" as you call it, but that is on spectacular model. I hope to see it in Columbus, despite what you think about it's chances. Something like that would really enhance the contest tables.

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If I make it to Columbus, IT will go with me, if only for the display table! But (being a married man), I have no pride anyway :smiley4: , so I'd probably put it in the vac category and let the chips fall where they may. Ya never know, it might get a 3rd place if only 2 others show up! :D And I'd take it too...... :smiley20:

 

GIL :smiley16:

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That's how I win my awards :smiley2:

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Finally making some strides towards the end. She's on her gear!

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I'm not sure she's perfectly level, but she's doggone close and as far as I can tell all the tires touch!

Next, I got all of the inlet cones and exhaust pipes on the engines. This view shows how they look "down the throat"

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And I finally completed the interior by building the coamings over the instrument panels after they were installed and adding the radio compass loop antenna.

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This last shot shows the windscreen and canopy sitting in place in what will be their final positions.

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The white sealing on the canopy was done with .5mm striping tape. I peeled off 2-3 feet, sprayed it flat white, then simply stuck it on the canopy (overlapping each other) and cut away the small sections not needed with a brand new blade. This was MUCH easier than messing with decals or masking and painting them!

Still quite a few things left to do. As you can see, the outrigger gear isn't detailed or painted yet, and then there's all of the gear doors and their actuators to paint and add. And, I still need to make those 100 or so vortex generators and place them on the wings! But, all things in good time....Cheers!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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That's one sweet bird! Way to go Gil! I bow in the presence of greatness!

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beautiful! is this going to be at nationals?

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If I make it to Columbus, it will too. Not sure I'll have room in the car for much else though....... :smiley13:

 

GIL :smiley16:

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That looks really great Gil. You make alot of silk purses out of sow's ears. You make me want to start my mere 1/72 Hasegawa kit (some day, maybe).

 

Keep 'em coming. I've learned alot by watching your build processes.

 

Thanks for all of the info on the way you do things to get the model finished with clear pictures and explanations.

 

Bill

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If I make it to Columbus, it will too. Not sure I'll have room in the car for much else though....... :smiley13:

 

GIL :smiley16:

 

Strap it to the roof?

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If I make it to Columbus, it will too. Not sure I'll have room in the car for much else though....... :smiley13:

 

GIL :smiley16:

 

 

You could tie a rope to it and let it "fly" behind the car. LOL!!

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Calling this one done....

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You can see all of the pics up in the "done" topic.

 

GIL :smiley16:

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fantastic but I thought the B-47 was the Stratojet not the stratofortress (saw your post on hyperscale, j/w)

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OOPS! Seemed bigger after 8mos....

 

GIL :smiley16:

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