Chuck Finley wrote:
Actually got some work done on this, hopefully pics tomorrow. I've cut out the gun turret door opening for the turret compartment to go into. Added some framing to the bomb bays and added the crew. And the bucket of sunshine is glued (two part 'model'). Although dimensions for this are 24 feet something the resin bomb is about foot short!!.
However, 'bucket of sunshine' will look great in the bomb bay!" Did you have a chance to check out "Strategic Air Command"? The B-36 takeoff scene has some great interior shots and in color.
It will but the kit offers you what I think are bays 2 and 3, which unfortunately have the wing box running across the top of them. I think the bomb will still fit into one of them. it may be close to the lower side of the bay but it will fit. I may have to build the frame for holding the bomb once the fuselage is together. There are two large frame assemblies that the conventional bombs go on, so that might help give something to add the bomb frame to. Some pics as promised....
The Mk.17/24 nuclear bomb next to the cockpit...
This is the opening for the upper front gun compartment. I used the doors themselves as a guide to cut and this was a mistake as the opening is about 1mm to wide. The compartment (resin) only just fits. On the other side therefore I used a line just inside the doors edge and this was much better.
The bomb bays, 2 and 3 I think. The Mk.17 nuclear device is going to go towards the front unless anyone knows better. I have two good books on the B-36 but no photos with the bomb in place!!!.
Just for fun here are some comparison pics..
The B-36 fuselage next to my underway C.160...
and under the Grand Slam Lanc's bomb. Not quite side by side so size comparison is not really possible. The Grand Slam is 26ft 6in long and ten tons, while the Mk.17 is 24ft 5in and 21 tons. Less bomb, more bang!!