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B-1R Cavalier missile truck done!

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building is better than dreaming. this is the panda 1/144 kit. i saw history channel's dogfights and one episode, dogfight of the future, featured the b-1r fighting in tandem with the f-22. using it as a missile truck to ripple fire. i was blown away by the awesomeness..

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i dealt with the wing sweep mechanism easily, then proceeded to gluing the fuselage halfs and the nose cone and tail sections. some putty is needed to fill up the small seam lines.

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and the engine pods was next

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and of course. the important missiles. these are from the dragon 1/144 tomcats, which i have accumalated many over the years. i trimmed the forward fins so they look like Aim-120s. scratchbuild the pylons from 2 pieces of f-18E/F twin ejector rack from the dragon kit and placard.

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and lastly, i may build the russian equivalent.. how about a backfire missile truck? hmmm...

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Edited by Tomcat RIO

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So you like the "Boner" I see. :jaw-dropping: Watching with interest.

Heh heh..you said...boner. :thumbsup: Great build.

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i decided to paint the b-1r in the metallic gry scheme of the f-22. this was done by adding steel colour to light grey and medium grey. it darkens the colour a bit.

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i have mounted the engines from the kit. dunno what they are, but i'll call them unstealthy pw f119s anyway. ha.

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Great work on this kit, overcoming it's issues. The paintwork is spectacular. Really looking forward to seeing it loaded up with the missiles.

-S

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This is great! I hope do to the same project in 1/72(My BoneR will be bigger than yours). Watched the B-1 Flyby in Yuma this past weekend and they are stunning. The F-22 style paint is brilliant, How much Steel did you put in each color?.

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Great job! Looks awesome, I love the paintjob. Oddly enough I read an article on the B-1R a couple of nights ago for the first time - so I look forward to seeing yours completed!

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thanks guys for the comments and encouragement so far. i hope to do decals this weekend. the kit provides the SAC black lo viz decals, which would look odd on the grey scheme, so i am digging out my dragon 144 f-18F spares.. some of the missiles fell off their racks. and i am thinking of adding a 5th and 6th pylon for 3 aim9xs each..

@reply to taiidan tomcat - i am not sure of the exact %, but roughly 10-20%? the shimmery specks didn't come out too bright, so i guess for the f-22's scheme, u might want to add more. i was using gunze aqueos steel h-18. the metallic powder affects the finish i guess, because the silver powder content of say, steel, and gun metal and silver is different and moreover different paint brands have differnet mixes. eg gunze lacquers vs model master. so i would experiment first, but 1:4 steel to grey is a good start. and do note that steel contains elements of black that will darken the mixture, so adjust the grey accordingly. hope that helps.

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Maybe I remember incorrectly, but I thought the "dog fights" show had the B-1R with a "V" tail configuration....maybe I am thinking of the movie Iron Man and the 737.....

Anyway, a "V" tail could be a challenge

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@reply to taiidan tomcat - i am not sure of the exact %, but roughly 10-20%? the shimmery specks didn't come out too bright, so i guess for the f-22's scheme, u might want to add more. i was using gunze aqueos steel h-18. the metallic powder affects the finish i guess, because the silver powder content of say, steel, and gun metal and silver is different and moreover different paint brands have differnet mixes. eg gunze lacquers vs model master. so i would experiment first, but 1:4 steel to grey is a good start. and do note that steel contains elements of black that will darken the mixture, so adjust the grey accordingly. hope that helps.

:wub: Thanks man! Good call on the lo-vis markings too

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Maybe I remember incorrectly, but I thought the "dog fights" show had the B-1R with a "V" tail configuration....maybe I am thinking of the movie Iron Man and the 737.....

Anyway, a "V" tail could be a challenge

No, you're right. I saw it just the other night and the B-1R had a V-tail.

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No, you're right. I saw it just the other night and the B-1R had a V-tail.

Ok, with that now the case, we need a resin MFG (Hey Two Mikes) to make the conversion.....1/144 should be just fine for now.

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(My BoneR will be bigger than yours).

For a moment there, I thought that ACR just started a "Men's Locker Room" Thread..........

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Damn! :woot.gif: Love how it turned out (was expecting the missiles to go in the bomb bays though ;) ) Still, looks great!

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Very cool build! :monkeydance: How many more missiles in those bays? :woo:

"I wish I had 8 AMRAAMs like the Eagle

I'd be having so much fun it'd be illegal

Like a guy who ain't been laid for months

I'd shoot those f**kers all at once

I wish I had 8 AMRAAMs like the Eagle"

:lol:

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