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Old 06-05-2011, 01:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,

I'm after a model of the B-1B lancer, preferably in 1:200 (but smaller is ok). I know Dragon Wings has one, but what's the quality & accuracy like?


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Old 06-05-2011, 01:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have one from Model Power that's 1:221. It is awesome. Still one of my favorites.
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I have one from Model Power that's 1:221. It is awesome. Still one of my favorites.
What's the accuracy & detail like? Is it metal?
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It's metal except for the swing wing. I think it's very accurate. The lines are way better than that Dragon 1:400. It feels good when you hold it.
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In my opinion, a decent B-1 model hasn't been made yet
Dragon Wing's is in 1:400 scale and it's too small
Model Power's B-1 is in an odd scale and the cockpit is a bit too big
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Small world 1/200 has 1 but it's quite expensive, you can get it here:
www.aviationretaildirect.com
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Thanks for the info guys.
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Main issue with B-1 models of all scales, is that most are B-1A's passed off as B-1B's, or half-way between an A and a B. Dragon's 1/144 kit is the most accurate I think, but even it has issues.

DW's 1/400 really over-simplified the back end---go compare the tailcone area etc to the real one. A lot of shapes, cut-outs, bumps, etc are just not there. It's not really a scale issue, they were just lazy or something IMHO.
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I still wish that a B-1B will ever be done in 1/72 diecast....if a SR-71 was made....why not a B-1B
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IMO It'll be a costly project with the associated risks. Don't forget the swing wings as an operating feature. Certainly it can be done perhaps attracting a $150 price ticket? It just requires a manufacturer brave enough to take the plunge.
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I'd buy one...
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IMO It'll be a costly project with the associated risks. Don't forget the swing wings as an operating feature. Certainly it can be done perhaps attracting a $150 price ticket? It just requires a manufacturer brave enough to take the plunge.
I don't think it'll happen in this economic climate. Companies want models whose molds they can repeatedly reuse for selling repaints.
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I don't think it'll happen in this economic climate. Companies want models whose molds they can repeatedly reuse for selling repaints.
I think you're right about one made at 1/72...that would be a very large model, and very heavy. A third bigger and twice the mass of the SR-71, and that is one seriously large model. I don't think they could price it low enough to attract many buyers, but they could have several liveries and unit designations for variety. I just don't think a model over two feet long would be popular.
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in my opinion, the whole length of the fuseladge could be hollow to save on weight and zinc .....thers always a possibility....some diecast models were also unthinkable a few years ago and became a reality...just thinking of biggies like a Liberator, Lancs,the upcoming Sterling...etc
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in my opinion, the whole length of the fuseladge could be hollow to save on weight and zinc .....thers always a possibility....some diecast models were also unthinkable a few years ago and became a reality...just thinking of biggies like a Liberator, Lancs,the upcoming Sterling...etc
But to make it hollow would be to have a construction like many Corgis...with that huge seam going down the fuselage. They've done a great job on most of the WWII bombers, but the Bone is so sleek it would be noticeable. The swing-wing would have to be made of plastic, so I wonder how that would turn out.
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I think you're right about one made at 1/72...that would be a very large model, and very heavy. A third bigger and twice the mass of the SR-71, and that is one seriously large model. I don't think they could price it low enough to attract many buyers, but they could have several liveries and unit designations for variety. I just don't think a model over two feet long would be popular.
I'd have to agree. Far too big, and IF it could be done as a respectable model, it would be far too expensive for the average collector. Therefore, I wouldn't expect a B-1 from somebody like HM, for instance, under the Christmas tree this year.

What puzzles me, though, is why doesn't someone like Gemini pick this up in 1:200? They seem to have a hit with that C-17 of theirs.

Just thinking out loud . . . .
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I think a B-1 in 1/200 could be feasible... 1/72 (even hollow) would end up weighing 5-10 pounds (imagine the shipping costs for that oversized box) and costing well over $200. would be nice though....

@ Upkeep: I would specifically want GJ for the 1/200 version, so you've got my vote
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A B-1B in 1/144 would be awesome, and could be done. If they can release B-52s in 1/144, they can do a Bone. I'd snap one up in a heartbeat.
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A B-1B in 1/144 would be awesome, and could be done. If they can release B-52s in 1/144, they can do a Bone. I'd snap one up in a heartbeat.
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