B-1B Lancer (BONE!)
I completed this two years ago and was inspired to upload the project after seeing someone else working on theirs. Not my best work, but after 7 months and countless problems, I was just happy to be done with this kit, and whiskey helped tolerate the flaws. Upgrades include late model resin intakes, exhaust, wheels, towed decoy fairings, and several antennas; added LED nav nights, strobes, landing lights, cockpit lights, and instrument panel lights; custom programming for 3 different lightening sequences; scratch built intake ramp veins for late model; new decals; sniper targeting pod; static whips on tail; vortex generators on empennage; scratch pitot tubes. Forward and Aft bomb bay doors provide access to 9V battery, wiring, and Arduino control board; bomb bay doors are magnetically secured.
1. Progressive, rotate through all circuits
2. All lights on
3. Startup: cockpit/cabin (on), instrument panels, cockpit/cabin (off), nav lights, strobes (flash in sequence between wing root and tail), and landing lights
Impressive. Very well done. The integration of your upgrades were very well done.
Really impressive work Casey. Clever idea hiding the light switches in the wheel bay. Top job Sir. 😉
Thank you both! All of those upgrades were definitely a challenge, but worth it in the end. Someone in my local club has the same kit and upgrades waiting to be built - he keeps trying to get me to buy it all and do another. Nope!!! One and done. Not only was it painful, this thing is 3 feet long!
Incredible! How long has this beast taken? I saw one for sale for $40 at IPMS, but I couldn't grab it at the time. : )
Thank you! I'm a very slow builder, so take that for what it's worth. I spent 7 months working on this project. It's been a couple of years since I finished it, but if I had to guess, it was probably around 150-200 hours of effort. If you're talking about IPMS Nationals at Vegas a few weeks ago, I think I remember seeing the same model. $40 is a steal - I think they're going for at least $100 on eBay, if I remember correctly - but you'll invest a lot more on blood, sweat, tears, whiskey, and upgrades. Hard to resist the upgrades - the base kit is dull.
Casey, very impressive! Give yourself more credit on this build. You did remarkable, especially for adding the LEDs. Looking at how you did the intakes is pretty ingenious as well. I have a mess that I am not sure how I'm going to clean up on the intakes. This looked like the easy fix. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks, Jorge! I look forward to seeing how your build progresses.
That's cool you were at Vegas. We had a table there. I don't imagine there will be another 1/48 B-1 anytime soon. Did you bring this one to the contest? I recall seeing a completed on on the table.
I thought I recognized the name and your pictures (after I looked at your website). I definitely remember your table in the back row. No, that wasn't my B-1. That was a great model, however, and well modified with flaps, spoilers, etc. That took a lot of commitment as well. Kudos to whomever built it.
If you were to build it again, what aftermarket would you recommend (as well as not)?
Thanks, Donald! "Those damned intakes" is right!!! Not sure what everyone used for such a large amount of putty, but I used acrylic gel medium because it was cheaper than using the same quantity of our other, more preferred (i.e. expensive) putties. Dries really hard, so it was tough to sand, but very durable.
FLM: Personal opinion only, but I'd prefer to see a new tool for the 1/48 and 1/72 scale versions of the Bone. We're all still building kits that are decades old for this subject, and the details and construction are horrible. I know there are new versions in 1/144 scale, but something is still needed in the bigger scales. If someone made a kit with proper panel lines (they're drastically out of scale on existing kits), updated engines, and all the trimmings, I'd definitely get it and save myself the hassle of trying to fit it all together.
That said, to answer your question more directly, I can't really speak to which aftermarket upgrades NOT to get because I was really happy with what I used. The Barracuda resin parts were great. I used Caracal decals as well.
The bone at the IPMS Vegas show was from Chris Derks of Alexandria, Virginia (according to the winning list). I would have loved to make it up there but couldn't unfortunately. That modified B-1B looked great. FLM: On my current build, I am also using the Barracuda intakes and initially the Cutting Edge engine nozzles and cans. I just recently got the Barracuda nozzles and those seem to be a bit bigger but the fit is also better. I currently have two kits and I am contemplating on redoing the whole intake and nacelle assembly to incorporate the Barracuda using 'sprue goo' (styrene filler). Casey is right that this thing is tedious work but fulfilling when it comes out looking great (hopefully).
To be honest, had I known when I purchased those intakes what it would entail, I likely would have just gone with the kit offering and been satisfied with the resin exhausts. Yes, they look great, but man was that a royal pain.
Bone Fragments has an additional intake conversion kit that may help but ultimately is a struggle.
wow, that´s some serious surgery on the basic kit... I sort of want this kit, but every time I see "evidence", reason takes over and I don´t feel the urge for another 6-9 months 😄
you did a valiant effort with all the adaptations and brought it miles closer to the original - great job, respect for all the courage & determination + the finished deal looks really great with all the lights & co 👍
top build report too!
Slavo, I feel like you would do a killer job on it making mine look amateurish.
Thanks, Slavo! I agree with Donald, you would crush it and I would love to see what you could do, but trust your gut and save yourself the pain. Wait for someone to build a respectable 1/48 or 1/72 scale version of this beast. Come on, Tamiya!!!
Casey, THIS would have been a much more needed and welcomed kit from Tamiya rather than that F-4.
Agree! I've heard that kit is a dream to build, but I'm not in the market for another F-4 at the moment. Oh well, we continue our wait.
From what I understand, doesn't the company that makes the kit need some sort of license from Rockwell (or in this case, Boeing)? I'm sure there is some sort of licensing involved and may be too expensive for some other company (like Tamiya) to create their own. Although, that would be awesome!