Rockwell B1-B Bomber
June 1970 saw the awarding of a full scale development contract to build the Rockwell B-1 bomber, envisaged as the replacement for the vetran B-52s that equipped the SAC squadrans worldwide. As the next generation aircraft, it encompassed many new technologies, resulting in the use of turbofan power plants, variable geometry wings, low radar visibility and advanced defensive and offensive avionics.
The quality of the Rockwell B1-B bomber has stood the test of time and is still used as a survivable weapons platform today. Wikipedia has an excellent introduction to this bomber, although it is weak in describing more recent service excellence in the battlefield.
Airfix Kit Overview
The Rockwell B-1B or Lancer, was one of the major releases from the Airfix stable in 1991. Unusually, this bomber had already spent five years in service after being introduced in 1986. The kit was especially known for its very size which is impressive enough for most tastes. Parts assembly is quite straighforward requiring no really unusual constructional techniques as shall now be revealed in the following review.