Valom 1/72 RB-45C Tornado (Korean Conflict Group Build)
I built this kit for the Korean Conflict Group Build. The B-45 was the first 4-engine jet bomber in the Air Force, as well as the first American jet bomber shot down in combat, namely during the Korean Conflict. The bomber was deployed to Korea for the war, but was never really used as a bomber. The B-45 was modified into a reconnaissance aircraft, the RB-45C, and it was this version that was actually used in combat. The Air Force determined quickly that the RB-45 was vulnerable during day missions, so it was used mainly at night.
I wanted to build something different for this group build other than the more common planes, like the Mig-15 and the F-86. Due to the limited run nature of the kit, I was expecting some problems during the build, and I wasn't disappointed. If you are familiar with Valom kits, you know there was a lot of cool photoetch and resin to add, as well as the infamous butt-joints on the wings and tail surfaces. I completed the model with markings from Caracal Decals. By the way, even in 1/72, this is a very large kit, so clear a bunch of building space if you plan to build it..
If you are interested in a blow-by-blow of this build, please go to the full build article in the Korean Conflict Group Build. Everyone stay safe. Cheers
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