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« on: June 01, 2015, 03:44:57 am »
B-36 Crop duster

"The Hopper Stopper"

The spring of 1957 bought out some unique weather conditions in the Central Plains of the United States.  Several years of drought were interrupted with a wet winter, then a rapid turn to a warm, dry spring.  These conditions, combined with thousands of farms which had gone untilled due to drought were ripe for a major locust infestation. 

Not since the late 1800's when the Rocky Mountain Locust swarms had turned the skies of the U.S. black with an estimated 12.5 trillion locusts had there been such an infestation.  Entomologists were deep in debate whether this was a mutation of the Rocky Mountain locust, perhaps revived from a dormant, "solitary phase", or a new sub-species. 

While the scientists debated the species origin, the need for action was readily apparent as the new spring crops were quickly overwhelmed with hoards of locusts.  The swarms destroyed hundreds of acres an hour.  Small crop-dusters were rapidly mobilized, but it was realized a massive application would be required to contain the plague before it fully reached the central plains corn and wheat fields.

The Tucson, Arizona based private company, U. S. AIR SPRAY, which was a subsidiary of Mar-Pak, submitted an unsolicited bid to the Department of the Interior to rapidly convert several B-36 bombers to aerial sprayers.  Due to the extreme urgency of the situation, the Department of The Interior was able to persuade the US Air Force and the Department of Defense to release several of the recently retired bombers and to assist with the de-milling of the bombers. All armament and bombing equipment was removed.  The bombers were leased to U. S. AIR SPRAY for a nominal fee.

The company ultimately selected 6 aircraft, with 3 of the 6 acting as spares and remaining in at the boneyard in Tucson.

The aircraft: B-36H, sprayer "47" derived from the original serial number, and nicknamed the "The Hopper Stopper"       

The kit, the venerable 1/72 RB-36 Peacemaker.  I have had this in the stash for sometime.  It is time she sees the light of day.   Converted to a H model with the original long bomb bays.

The box, 1/72 Sea Fury for scale


Opening the box, I'm like a kid at Christmas.....


It is longer than my arm!


Two seat Harrier and SeaFury for scale. 


on the floor of the garage


Horizontal stab....
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2015, 03:47:40 am »
Um, can we see more of that Harrier ?   :thumbsup: :wub:

That thing is huge ! Love the story...can you imagine ? There's a guy on Craigslist selling one across the river that's been started. When I get paid on Friday if it's still around.....

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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2015, 04:05:58 am »
BIG! :o :o :o

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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 05:04:41 am »
Hehehehehe, I LOVE it!  :thumbsup: :bow:

Those pesky locusts better look out, the 'Magnesium Overcast' is out to get 'em!  ;)
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2015, 05:27:16 am »
Could you imagine a B-36 thundering by at a couple hundred feet? This is awesome!
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2015, 05:35:09 am »
Could you imagine a B-36 thundering by at a couple hundred feet? This is awesome!

I've seen that more than once.

They used to fly into Brize when we lived in the area and I went over on my bike and sat on the grass by the threshold quite a few times. It's a bit like the start of 'Star Wars' when the MONSTER ship comes over your head, you think the thing just can't be any larger! And the sound track is indescribable, it just goes on and ON!
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2015, 05:39:52 am »
Lucky dog! :mellow:
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2015, 05:58:37 am »
Could you imagine a B-36 thundering by at a couple hundred feet? This is awesome!

I've seen that more than once.

They used to fly into Brize when we lived in the area and I went over on my bike and sat on the grass by the threshold quite a few times. It's a bit like the start of 'Star Wars' when the MONSTER ship comes over your head, you think the thing just can't be any larger! And the sound track is indescribable, it just goes on and ON!

No wonder you're now complaining of hearing problems, Kit!  Between the B-36s, the Rotadyne and other various noisy vehicles, I'm surprised you can still even HEAR!    ;D ;D
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2015, 06:54:57 am »


Ok That's this GB over and done with then, even in the concept stage this has got to be a winner !

Made one of these OOB when the kit first came out - fantastic build loved it but it was just too big.
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2015, 07:19:29 am »
Could you imagine a B-36 thundering by at a couple hundred feet? This is awesome!

I've seen that more than once.

They used to fly into Brize when we lived in the area and I went over on my bike and sat on the grass by the threshold quite a few times. It's a bit like the start of 'Star Wars' when the MONSTER ship comes over your head, you think the thing just can't be any larger! And the sound track is indescribable, it just goes on and ON!

No wonder you're now complaining of hearing problems, Kit!  Between the B-36s, the Rotadyne and other various noisy vehicles, I'm surprised you can still even HEAR!    ;D ;D

Sorry Brian, can you speak up please?  ;D :lol:

Actually my right ear, with the working bionic bits, is really great, no probs at all, but left one, with the NON-working bionic bits, isn't so bad so long as I remember to put my hearing aid in.

And if the batteries aren't flat......  ;)
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2015, 07:27:11 am »
This is already lining up to be "one of those builds"  :bow:
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2015, 02:11:28 pm »
Um, can we see more of that Harrier ?   :thumbsup: :wub:



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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2015, 02:17:01 pm »
Could you imagine a B-36 thundering by at a couple hundred feet? This is awesome!

Like this?  Lucky beach goers.... ;)

The locusts won't know what hit them.....

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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2015, 06:01:55 pm »
"The largest model aircraft ever made" as they used to print on the lid.
A holy grail of mine ever since I read that...

I know you're going to do her justice Dave.
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Re: B-36 Crop duster
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2015, 06:42:49 pm »
Thanks Rat!  I sure hope I can do it. Did I mention I fear natural metal finishes....

I must say I am very impressed with the kit, and apart from size, it looks rather like a typical kit (famous last words), and not as high a parts count I would have expected.  Nice moldings.  I am still in the pondering/drooling over parts stage, but have jumped in, no turning back - so fear not fellow B-36 fans- bring them out of the stash! I know they are hiding in closets and lofts across our great globe.... :thumbsup:

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