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||CEC48389 and CEC72030
||1/48 and 1/72
||USD$19.99 (1/48), USD$16.99 (1/72)
|Contents and Media:
||5 parts in grey resin
||Simple, detailed, and accurate.
Reviewed by Dave
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Although it is about 20 years old, the giant
1/48 Revell B-1B is the most accurate representation of a production “Bone”
currently available in kit form. Used in combat from Desert Storm to Enduring
Freedom, there seems to be a lot of current interest in the B-1B, especially as
Revell/Monogram has reissued their B-1 kits in both scales within the last few
years. Although the 1/48 kit is fairly accurate, it represents the B-1B early in
life. One of the more obvious external differences between the kit and current
aircraft is that real B-1Bs have had the turkey feathers removed for over a
decade, and the kit only contains the original “feathered” exhausts.
To rectify this shortcoming, Cutting Edge has released a set of featherless
exhausts in both 1/48 and 1/72 scale. Although the photographs in this review
are of the 1/48 scale set, the 1/72 scale set is identical apart from its size
and the same comments apply to the smaller scale.
The set is quite simple, but very well
detailed. You get four burner cans, four one-piece nozzles, and a total of 56
actuator rods. As each engine only requires 12 actuators, you get a few spares
in case of loss or breakage. The detail is quite accurate compared to
photographs of the actual items.
Assembly is pretty simple - just remove the
waste from nozzle, attach the nozzle to the burner can, and finish up by adding
As befitting the set, the instructions are pretty simple, but don’t mention how
the exhausts should be oriented when installed in the engine nacelles. First, it
is necessary to align the burner can correctly by positioning the can in the
nacelle such that the small disc shaped sensor (?) on one of the radial arms of
the burner detail is located at 5 o’clock when viewed from the rear of the
aircraft. When attaching the nozzle, the exhaust petals at the 12 and 6 o’clock
positions should be the internally ribbed petals that do not have actuators
attached. In other words, as there are 12 petals with actuators and 12 without
actuators. The non-actuator petals should be located at the “clock” positions
(12 o’clock, 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, etc.).
This set goes a long way toward modernizing the Revell kit. Hopefully, CE will
follow up with an external detail set which adds some of the surface details
missing from the kit.
Cutting Edge Modelworks
products are available from Meteor
Review Copyright © 2002 by Dave
Page Created 13 August, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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