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B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's *finished*
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:33:13 am »
With Soviet defenses improving, Strategic Air Command desired a follow on to the Fighter Conveyor (FICON) concept that had been employed by the GRB-36/RF-84 combination.  Much higher performance than achieved by the earlier concepts was needed. To extend their range the fighters would be carried by the launch aircraft, and three primary roles were specified: reconnaissance, nuclear strike, and fighter escort for the Bombers.

Making an existing fighter, or a purpose built fighter, fit partially into the bomb bay of the B-52 was deemed too expensive and unwieldy, but after some design work on the B-52 mother ship launchers for the X-15 program, it was soon determined that a F-104 could be fitted in a similar underwing fashion.  It was further determined that some of the same components being developed for the for the Hound-Dog missiles could also be used....

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1/72 Monogram B-52D
(x2) 1/72 Esci F-104

Has been in my mind for years- going to be a big one, wish me luck! 

« Last Edit: May 06, 2018, 12:17:11 pm by sandiego89 »
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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 12:55:11 pm »
I do indeed wish you luck with this one.
A rather wonderfull idea, but why only two 104's? OK one under each wing, maybe, and another in the belly like the B-36/XF-85 Goblin system.
Get on with it, I will watch this one with extreme interset.

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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2018, 03:32:06 pm »
and another in the belly like the B-36/XF-85 Goblin system.
Jim

There is not enough room in the belly because the wing spar runs right above the bomb bay area. One of the reasons why the B-52 couldn't carry the Mk.17 fusion bomb without removing the bomb bay doors and then it was very tight.

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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2018, 03:44:32 am »
This is going to be EPIC :mellow:

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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 03:47:48 am »
1/144 would've been a simpler scale choice, lol
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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2018, 11:14:13 am »
Brave choice indeed. :thumbsup:
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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2018, 02:43:03 pm »
Thanks everyone- off we go!

Must be a great kit, this guy just loves his!



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Ohh it is going to be big....



Yes, really big when the external tanks are Harrier GR.3 fuselage sized.  1/72 Harrier.   



Hmmm Kit, longer wings.....



Impressed with the kit- really crisp and nicely detailed.  Primer on.  I usually paint after some assembly, but think this one calls for some pre-painting. 


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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2018, 02:49:27 pm »
1/144 would've been a simpler scale choice, lol

Indeed- but what's the fun in that!   :o

My very rough proof of concept in 1/144, with a very tired B-52H and a TF-104.

Engines 3&4 must have been hit by a SAM....



Plenty of room under the wing! 



1/144 vs 1/72


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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's *work started*
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2018, 03:37:38 pm »
Is that the version with the 'Jet Engine Sound Module'?

If so you'll be fitting it of course, and maybe another one for the F-104 as well.  ;D

The wings are OK, but could do with another 6" or so added, on BOTH sides........  ;)
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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2018, 03:57:29 pm »
1/144 would've been a simpler scale choice, lol

Or 350 lol.

Great idea ! Can't wait to see more.

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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's *work started*
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2018, 03:49:46 am »
I wonder what the pilot's state of mind is after a mission stuffed under the wing of the BUFF.  How many hours?
To make things more "interesting" for the pilot one could of course design a way for him to transfer from the crew cabin of the BUFF to the 104 in-flight... :wacko:

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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's *work started*
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2018, 06:02:15 am »
And, important, an heating system must be provided for the F-104 pilot, else he would be frosen solid.  :o
I remember having read something about this concerning the real FICON tests.
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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's *work started*
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2018, 10:08:57 am »

And, important, an heating system must be provided for the F-104 pilot, else he would be frosen solid.  :o
I remember having read something about this concerning the real FICON tests.


On the production FICONs the RF-84F pilot stayed in the B-36 until it was time to launch, and then climbed down into the cockpit of the Thunderflash. I' m not sure that'd be possible with a wing mounted F-104.
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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's *work started*
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2018, 10:26:38 am »

And, important, an heating system must be provided for the F-104 pilot, else he would be frosen solid.  :o
I remember having read something about this concerning the real FICON tests.


On the production FICONs the RF-84F pilot stayed in the B-36 until it was time to launch, and then climbed down into the cockpit of the Thunderflash. I' m not sure that'd be possible with a wing mounted F-104.

Iwas really thinking of earlier attempts: Earlier wingtip coupling experiments included Tip Tow, which were attempts at carrying fighters connected to the wingtips of bombers.

See here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FICON_project

In some magazine I had read more detailed reports that included the cold problem, with the fighter engine shut off.
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Re: B-52 "FICON": B-52 carrying F-104's *work started*
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2018, 02:33:59 pm »
Don't worry folks, our intrepid 104 drivers will be supplied with heat and air-  worked for the X-15 and even the Hound Dogs could be topped off with fuel after they were used to assist with the B-52 take off. 

Forward basing, launch and egress routes were also carefully considered with the B-52/F-104 FICON program to minimize time in the cockpit and return profiles  :thumbsup:

No jet engine sound maker supplied with this one Kit- think that was only with the first pressings.  I will have to make my own jet engine sounds after Mrs.Sandiego89 goes to bed....
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