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Only two currently available - both B-52H

March 27 2012 at 12:47 AM
Tom  (Login TomGaj)
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Response to Opinions on the best 1/144 B-52kit -- can

Minicraft is the old Crown kit from the 1970s (I built one in 1982). The kit itself represents a pre-1975 (Phase VI) airframe. It has a decent overall shape, but is kind of klunky and angular. The wings are overly thick, the TF33 pods are undersized, and the external tanks are an odd shape.
That said, it is an easy build with lots of stores (Hound Dogs, SRAMs, Skybolts, and a couple of Quails) and does look the part when finished, even to a 3,000 hr BUF IEW.
FWIW, this kit was also marketed by Revell in the mid-80s...

The Revell kit in current release dates to 1990 and has all the lumps and bumps plus the tail extension that represent a contemprary BUF. It has stub pylon/HSAM/Harpoon inderwing stores. It's genreally more accurate: the only thing that looks odd is the undersized center windscreen window.
I've built both, enjoyed both.
Minicraft has advertized they are going to update the plastic in their kit to a current configuration. Hopefully they'll remember the tail extension, fix the wing tanks and add a few more stores options...

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