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B-1B Painted Bones
Part One


Cutting Edge Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number, Scale and Price:

CED72176 Painted Bones Part One 1/72 - USD$9.99
CED48176 Painted Bones Part One 1/48 - USD$8.99

Contents and Media: One decal sheet; double-sided full colour instruction sheet.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Will result in a nice looking BONE; high quality printing; perfect register and opacity; good timing with recent re-release of big 1/48 scale kit and Paul Boyer's article on the 1/72 scale kit in FSM.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




This is the first release in a three part series from Cutting Edge covering B-1s, or "Bones" as they have come to be known.  These sheets are issued in both 1/72 and 1/48 scales, hence the double title. 

This sheet covers four different Bones. 

85-0074 “Penetrator”, of the 96th Bomb Wing (BW), Dyess Air Force Base (AFB).  Finish is overall FS 36081 dark grey, with a disruptive pattern of FS34086 dark green, to the upper surfaces and FS 36118 gunship grey to the undersides. 

·        Nose art is substantial with a white winged horse being ridden by, what appears to be a Centurion bearing an orange lance and the black with white shadow “Penetrator” titles.

·        A full colour Texas State flag with a steer’s skull on both sides of the top of the vertical stabiliser.

·        A Semi-subdued squadron badge for the left-hand side of the nose.

·        Other markings include the aircraft number, two blue and white “last four” for the nose undercarriage leg, set of unusual lo-viz stars and bars, as well as rescue arrows and rescue stencilling. 


86-0133 “Memphis Belle” of the 116th BW based at Robbins AFB, Georgia.  This Bone is finished in overall FS 36118 gunship grey with FS 36081 dark grey nose and tail radomes. 

Markings are sparse but include: 

·        The “Memphis Belle” herself.  Obviously fashioned after her more famous WWII sister but this time wearing a blue swimsuit.

·        A black with red edges band across the top of the fin with yellow GEORGIA titles.

·        Stencil type Air National Guard shields for the top of the tail and squadron badges for the nose.

·        Black GA Wing identifiers and serial numbers for the tail.

·        Air and ground crew names.

·        Rescue arrows and rescue stencil data

·        Two different full-colour campaign ribbons. 


84-0051, “Boss Hawg” of the 9th Bomb Squadron (BS), 7th BW, Dyess AFB.  Finish is overall FS 36118 gunship grey with FS 36081 dark grey nose and tail radomes.  Markings include: 

·        Red with white outline and detail running boar.

·        A semi subdued wing badge, and a fully subdued squadron badge.

·        A black tail bad with a white bat.

·        Red with white “last four” markings for the nose undercarriage leg.

·        Black DY Wing identifiers and aircraft serial numbers for the tail. 


86-0093, “Global Power” of the 37th BS, 28th BW, Ellsworth AFB.  Finish is overall FS 36118 gunship grey with FS 36081 dark grey nose and tail radomes.  Markings include: 

·        Nose art in the form of a tiger clutching a globe of the world with a white B-1 stencilled across it.

·        A yellow edged black band with yellow “Tiger” titling for the top of the tail

·        A Semi subdued Strategic Air Command badge for the top of the tail

·        Black Wing “EL” Wing identifiers and serial numbers for the tail.

·        A set of rescue arrows and rescue stencil data. 





As luck would have it, the October 2002 issue of Fine Scale Modeller has an article on the Revell/Monogram 1/72 scale B-1 kit by Paul Boyer. 

Paul’s article tells you how to update the kit to reflect the changes that occurred from the time that the kit was released and the B-1 came into service. 

Combine this article and any of the three new Cutting Edge sheets and you will have a nice looking Bone for your collection.


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Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the review samples..

Cutting Edge Modelworks products, including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
Meteor Productions website

Review Copyright © 2002 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 17 October, 2002
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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