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B-52 Stratofortress Part 1

Caracal Models 1/72 B-52 Stratofortress Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2019 Manufacturer Caracal Models
Subject B-52 Stratofortress Part 1 Scale 1/72
Set Number 72077 Pros Eight colorful subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $17.99

First Look

Here is the latest decal set from Caracal and this set covers the B-52G/H Stratofortress circa the first Gulf War before the B-52G was retired and the B-52H was 'updated', including the removal of its tail gun. This set is provided in 1/72 scale and is part one of this series. Markings are provided for eight examples with sufficient stencils for at least two subjects.

B-52 Stratofortress Part 1 B-52 Stratofortress Part 1

The aircraft presented in this set include:

  • B-52G, 58-0178, 43 BW, 1989, 'Old Soldier'
  • B-52H, 60-0024, 416 BW, 1992, 'I'll Be Seeing You'
  • B-52H, 60-0007, 7 BW, 'Medal of Honor'
  • B-52G, 58-0182, 379 BW, 1991, 'What's Up Doc?'
  • B-52G, 58-0164, 416 BW, 1991, 'SAC Time'
  • B-52G, 58-0249, 379 BW, 1991, 'Urban Renewal'
  • B-52G, 58-0217, 379 BW, 1991, 'The Liberator'
  • B-52G, 59-2580, 97 BW, 1980, 'Miss Piggy'

As usual, these decals are nicely printed by Cartograf and are in perfect register.

This set will work well with the AMT 1/72 B-52G/H kits if you have one (or more) on your shelf, or with one of the Italeri reboxings of the kits. If you're looking for a challenge, there are also the Modelcollect 1/72 B-52G/H kits, but after I acquired their B-52G kit and faced so many things wrong with the model, I won't be doing that again anytime soon. I had also attempted to update the Monogram 1/72 B-52D into a G/H, but the only aftermarket resin conversion currently available is also based on really old molding technology (and quality). Perhaps one day, we'll see a new-tool series of kits of the B-52 in 1/72 or 1/144, but until then, AMT is your best option.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Caracal Models, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to Caracal Models for this review sample!