Hasegawa 1/72 B-47 “Stratojet”
This is my Hasegawa !/72 Stratojet, built about a dozen years ago.
The Boeing B-47 Stratojet (Boeing company designation Model 450) is a retired American long-range, six-engined, turbojet-powered strategic bomber designed to fly at high subsonic speed and at high altitude to avoid enemy interceptor aircraft. The primary mission of the B-47 was as a nuclear bomber capable of striking targets within the Soviet Union.
During 1951, the B-47 entered operational service with the United States Air Force’s Strategic Air Command (SAC), quickly becoming a mainstay of its bomber strength by the late 1950s. Over 2,000 were manufactured to meet the Air Force’s extensive demands, driven by the tensions of the Cold War. The B-47 was in service as a strategic bomber until 1965, at which point it had largely been supplanted by more capable aircraft, such as the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. However, the B-47 was also adapted to perform a number of other roles and functions, including photographic reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and weather reconnaissance. While never seeing combat as a bomber, reconnaissance RB-47s would occasionally come under fire near to or within Soviet air space. The type remained in service as a reconnaissance aircraft until 1969; a handful served as flying testbeds up until 1977.
This is the old school Hase kit, originating in 1968. Mine was a 1975 copy. The overal shape is good but details are somehow sparse, especially at the cockpit which is very prominent. Assembly was straightforward with relatively good fit, the occasional puttying here and there. Typically, some attention must be paid in installing the underwing engines. Painting was aluminum topsides (no multishading) with white undersides. Decals were yellowed but otherwise useable. I taped them beside a window facing the strong summer Greek sun and after a couple of days – voila! – the yellowness disappeared!…so I used them and presented no problems. As you can see, though, time has taken its toll and they have yellowed again.
All in all, size apart, is a simple build and if you take your time during assembly and painting, you will get the job succesfully done
What a beautiful plane! I had a lot of fun building her.
You can see her in my last pic side by side with my 1/72 B-36. What a pair!
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