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Hasegawa 1/72 B-47 “Stratojet”

Hi everyone!

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!

Happy modeling!

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26 responses to Hasegawa 1/72 B-47 “Stratojet”

  1. that is a stark raving gorgeous build

  2. Wow that’s beautiful. This kit is on my bucket list.

  3. This is one of the very best models from this severely-deficient kit (it defeated me 30 years ago) I have ever seen. Just marvelous work, Spiros. If I could “like” it 10 times, I would.

    The most beautiful multi-engine jet ever made and you have really caught it.

    PS: That B-36 also looks excellent – again, another kit that’s not so easy to get to such a good point.

  4. Nice to see this built too, Spiro.

  5. NMF planes always stand out. Excellent job on a big kit. You must have gone through a lot of metallic paint to finish it.

  6. What a beautiful build, my friend! A delight to look at and study!

  7. Wow a big shiny bird. Nicely done Spiros.

  8. Very nicely done Spiros. I can actually visualize Jimmy Stewart at the controls.

    Cheers,

    Scott

  9. Nice B-47, Spiros. Very smooth metal finish. The yellowing decal issue you mentioned isn’t too obvious. For what it’s worth, I have had good results lifting troublesome decals off with Tamiya tape. It is just tacky enough to pull them off without marring the paint. Any ghost image for the old decal buffs off with a 2000 grit sanding stick. The technique has saved a couple of my projects after the painting and clear coating stages.

  10. Looks great! Right out of Strategic Air Command.

  11. Great job on this! I recently got rid of my -47 – decided to trim some of the larger items from my stash to save on storage space in my display cabinets!

  12. Knowing how difficult it is to manage metallic paint; well done and super clean. Bravo!!
    Impressed about the size of the landing gears :-O

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