Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Italeri No 1262 - Boeing B-52H
|Contents and Media:
||149 part in grey injection moulded
plastic; 1 clear part; markings for three aircraft
(available online from Hannants) and model retailers worldwide
||Excellent decals; good surface
detail; three colour scheme options; good instruction sheet detail; easy
by Mick Evans
Italeri's 1/48 scale B-52H will be available online from Squadron.com
The release of the Italeri Boeing B-52 H
Stratofortress in 1/72 scale is a welcome return of the now hard to find
AMT kit. The kit has a nice set of decals included depicting some of
the later grey colour schemes the B-52 flew in. There are 149 light
grey injection moulded styrene plastic parts and 1 clear part included
in the kit.
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When this kit was first released by AMT a few
years ago, it was considered to be an improvement over the older
Monogram kit which was an earlier B-52D model. The most noticeable
difference between the B-52H and earlier versions was the replacement of
the water-injected J57 turbojet engines with Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3
turbofans. The four 50 cal machine guns carried by earlier versions as
defensive tail armament was replaced with the single General Electric
M61 20-mm six-barrel rotary cannon. The B-52H was provided with the
AN/ASQ-151 advanced Electro-optical Viewing System (EVS) to give the
B-52 crew enhanced vision when flying at low level at night. The system
is contained in two prominent fairings visible underneath the nose. The
port fairing contains a steerable Westinghouse AN/AVQ-22 low-light-level
television camera, while the starboard unit contains a Hughes AN/AAQ-6
forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor. The other major distinguishing
feature of the later models of the B52 is the tail fin is shorter.
Previously to build the later H model some serious
conversion work was required on the Monogram D model adding the chin
sensors, replacing the engine pods, reducing the tail height and adding
the new tail defensive system.
The surface detail is nicely engraved and is
crisply moulded. An interesting but I think not a deliberate inclusion
in the moulding is some skin wrinkling around the nose. I think these
are actually sink marks caused by internal surface detail moulding but
it sort of represents some of the skin wrinkling on the real aircraft.
The cockpit is reasonably detailed for the areas
that will be visible through the windscreen. Super detailers may wish
to replace the ejection seats with more detailed items but for my
personal view, I would not bother.
The wheel well areas have adequate detail with
good structural detail and fuselage ribbing. The undercarriage is
nicely moulded with some good realistic detail provided.
Once assembly starts you start to fathom the size
of this kit. The fuselage is in two sections with the forward section
overlapping and locking into the rear section for added strength. One
of the most important parts is captured between the forward fuselage
section and that is the wing carry through box. When you see the length
of the wings you can understand the value of this solid piece of
plastic. The stress the weight of the wings would place on the top
fuselage seam joint would be tremendous each time the model was lifted
of the desk or shelf. I am not sure how tight the wings fit on to this
assembly but by not gluing the wings on may allow for easier transport
The turbofan engines have sufficient detail and
should look quite good when assembled and painted.
Twelve cruise missiles are provided to be carried
on the main wing pylons and the two prominent outboard fuel tanks are
The two chin mounted sensor pods are the final
assembly and these are one of the most distinctive features of the
I do not have accurate scale plans of the B-52 in
1/72 scale so I cannot make too many comments on the accuracy of the
dimensions of the kit but from memory when AMT first released the kit
there were a few detrimental comments on accuracy flying around. The
most noticeable is the straightness of the wings, which normally droop
quite a bit on the ground. The other missing details is the myriad of
air cooling scoops and vents that are all over the aircraft.
The transparency for the cockpit is moulded
crystal clear and will not require any polishing.
The fit of the kit should present no major
problems and some filler will probably be required on the fuselage seams
and the front to rear fuselage joint. The only other major problem the
builder will have is display space. The kit will need almost 1 square
meter of space for display, a glass top coffee table comes to mind
Decals are provided for three aircraft as follows:
Stratofortress of the 410th Bomber Wing based at Sawer
Air Force Base. This aircraft was finished in overall Gunship Grey
FS36118 with low visibility United States national markings.
Stratofortress of the 92nd Bomber Wing in 1988. This
aircraft was finished in overall Gunship Grey FS36118 and Field
Green FS34097with low visibility United States national markings. A
large Bald Eagle motif is painted on the tail.
Stratofortress of the 9th 20th Bomber Squadron
7th Bomber Wing in 1988 based at Carswell Air Force
base. This aircraft was finished in overall Gunship Grey FS36118
and Field Green FS34097with low visibility United States national
The decals are crisp, accurate
in colour and in register. The wing walk area decals are huge and will
be difficult to handle due to their size. My previous experience with
Italeri decals is they have been a bit stiff and have not conformed well
to the surface detail, but these look very good.
Recommended for all modellers of
average skill and experience.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 17 August, 2006
Last updated 17 August, 2006
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