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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Bone Fragments B-1B Lancer Seamless Intakes Enhanced Resin Set -- 1:48 Scale

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The B-1B Lancer rules the sky as one of the most lethal – and elegant – bombers of our time.  The B-1B arose from the ashes of the earlier B-1A program and was reconceived as a high-subsonic and low altitude nuclear-armed bomber in the early 1980s owing to the slow progression of the B-2 program.  Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the B-1B remained part of the American bomber triad.  It has also adapted to a remarkable diversity of additional missions, from precision conventional close air support to maritime patrol.  Over time, one of the nicknames for the B-1B has become “The BOne,” derived from “B-One.”  The B-1B was also designed to have a significantly lower radar cross section and thus be stealthier than the B-1A.  One of the methods used to accomplish this goal involved placement of fixed radar wave blocking/absorbing/scattering baffles in the intakes.  

Revell’s 1985 1:48 scale B-1B is a classic kit in many ways, and it remains the only 1:48 scale B-1B to date.  It has been periodically re-released since the late 1990s and Revell plans on a new boxing of the B-1B in 2019 bundled with a range of Eduard detail parts.  Still, the kit has a lot of simplified details and imprecise fits.  The original molds, were after all, manufactured before the first B-1B rolled off the assembly line at Palmdale.  One area the Revell kit got really wrong were the intakes, both in terms of shape and missing detail.  In 2015, BarracudaCast released a B-1B engine intake set which featured a great front-end of each engine nacelle, but it really does not fit the nacelles correctly to the point of needing Bondo to fare them in.  The BarracudaCast intakes are much wider in the back than where they meet the plastic nacelles.  I think the issue is that BarracudaCast got their dimensions correct, and it is the Revell kit that’s off.

That’s where Bone Fragments comes in.  They are a new company out of Australia specializing in B-1 aftermarket details.  This seamless intake set provides 22 cast resin parts that simultaneously solves a number of the intake issues with Revell’s big BOne.  David Wells produced the masters for this set.  First impressions are very positive upon opening the small but sturdy box.  Casting is excellent.  All parts are blemish/defect free and really quite smooth.

The single piece intakes are big hunks of resin.  Cast in white, they provide both seamless intakes trunks and the forward section of a correctly contoured forward nacelle.  In other words, this section serves in the critical role as an “adaptor” for the BarracudaCast intake mouths. 

This set features two sets of RAM baffles per intake trunk, and its ingenious as to how they are fitted.  They slide in through the top of the intake trunk to settle into a recessed slot on the floor of the intake trunk.  It’s quite well conceived and makes what could be a nightmarishly tricky fit exceedingly easy.  Note that some cleanup work will be required to open the intake ceilings up from the outside before the baffles can be fitted. 

This is the “Enhanced” version of the intake set, and it contains two different styles of F101 engine faces and first stage compressor blades.  Once the RAM baffles are in, it’s going to be really hard to see these details indeed, but at least you know they are in there. 

The set comes with a very detailed set of instructions that are clearly written and illustrated.  There’s also an upcoming YouTube tutorial on the use of this set.  Keep an eye out for that.

The only drawback to this set is that there are some small recessed panel details missing from the bottom of the nacelle.  Those can be added with ease, however.  One can re-scribe the lines or just use a pencil and a scribing template to restore the detail (my preferred option). 

Sincere thanks are owed to Jarrad Bradley for the review sample.  You visit them on the web at https://bone-fragments.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bonemasterer/.  You can order this set, the standard seamless intake kit, and a B-1B Sniper XR pod adaptor via email at bone-fragments@dodo.com.au.  Another ordering option is to contact Jarrad directly via a private message from the Bone Fragments Facebook page.

And of course, I just have to say – one of your reviewer’s professional specializations in forensic anthropology involves the identification of (human) bone fragments.  Therefore, I could not imagine or endorse a better name for an aftermarket purveyor of B-1B parts!  We look forward to future releases by Bone Fragments and all that they will undoubtedly bring to the world of B-1B scale modeling.     

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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