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B-52H EVS/Phase VI Conversion

Cutting Edge 1/72 B-52H EVS/Phase VI Conversion First Look

By Fotios Rouch

Date of Review February 2008 Manufacturer Cutting Edge
Subject B-52H EVS/Phase VI Conversion Scale 1/72
Kit Number CEC72063 Primary Media Resin
Pros Very detailed conversion Cons Short production run
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) OOP

First Look

The B-52 first flew in 1954 and has been flying ever since.  The Stratofortress is one of the most recognizable aircraft in the world.

B-52H EVS/Phase VI Conversion

We do not need to get into all the historical details so lets look at what Meteor Productions is offering for the modeler. Cutting Edge came out with two resin sets to convert the Monogram/Revell B-52D to a B-52H early or late config and two resin sets to make a B-52 H early or late config.

Monogram made the B-52D back in the 60s I believe and it was one of the biggest plastic models ever made. DB productions made a conversion for the Monogram/Revell B-52D to turn it to a late variant.  When DB went out of business Airwaves produces the conversion and it was used as a correction set for the AMT kits.

AMT/ERTL first came out with G and H family back in the 90s.  Although the kits filled a big gap in modeling collections, they left a bit to be desired with their accuracy and quality of engineering.

Back in 2003 AMtech had announced that they would make a massive correction set with the collaboration of Black Box for the AMT kits but the project was never completed. Golden Dragon (found at Great Models) still makes many conversion sets for Monogram B-52 but the quality on all of my samples was variable.

So now we come to the present and the Cutting Edge products. These sets came out to the customers during the week of 11 February as one of the very last products that Meteor put out before they closed their doors on 18 February 2008. It feels a bit strange reviewing a brand new product from a company that is no more.

What we get in the resin sets is all the parts needed to convert the Monogram and later Revell reissue of the B-52D to early or late G or an early or late B-52H. The sets are very comprehensive and cardboard boxes are stuffed with lots of gray resin.

Notable items are the very clear replacement canopies.  The canopy is gives a one big clear resin piece and it should be much easier integrating it to the plastic fuselage than having to insert it from the front and into the fuselage slot.

The engines are finally of the proper size and they have the correct look to them unlike the anemic sized AMT engines. The nose radomes look great too in their subtle differences from early to late configurations. Jim Rotramel's support documentation and templates are top notch as always.

From what I see in the conversion sets we finally have all we need to turn our old Monogram kits to any late variant of the B-52.

The B-52H EVS/Phase VI conversion is to be used together with the 72061 conversion set. It contains a new nose section that is different in shape and details from the resin one in the 72061 set, a set of EVS fairings, a resin rear fuselage extension that is longer from the one in the 72061 set, and a new tail gun section.  A multitude of antennas, lumps and bumps are included and very good instructions on placement are provided.

The sets were purchased from Meteor but they are not available anymore.

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