B-2 Spirit Global Strike Stealth

Published: August 24th, 2018     
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Reviewed by: 
Rob Booth, IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Two Bobs
Price: $14.00
Product / Stock #: 72-106

If you build modern aircraft subjects, you're probably already familiar with Two Bobs Aviation Graphics decals. Owner Bob Sanchez is a USAF vet who has put in plenty of time around modern jet aircraft. His firm produces some of the best quality decals available for unusually marked and typical line examples of modern aircraft subjects.

The subjects of this set are nineteen examples of B-2 "Spirit" stealth bombers of the 509th Bomb Wing, stationed at Whiteman AFB, MO. They include the "Spirits" of America, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Missouri, California, South Carolina, Washington, Kansas, Nebraska, Georgia, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, Oklahoma, Kitty Hawk, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, each with their distinctive gear door graphics markings. There are only 20 B-2's in the USAF inventory, and one is assigned to testing duties. So this set allows you to model any of the current inventory stationed at Whiteman.

In the plastic sleeve on a typical 4-3/4" X 7-5/8" decal sheet you will find the markings and graphics described above, but no supporting maintenance stencils. Although placements are shown, you'll have to source those from kit decals. Also provided are the gear door graphic stripes unique to each aircraft and separate patch marking for the "Spirit of America" on separate, smaller sheets. The decals are properly sized to fit the new Modelcollect kit and the now ancient Testors examples.

Standard USAF B-2 color references for FS36118 Gunship Gray and FS17875 Insignia White are provided with color numbers for five different model paint manufacturers. This is obviously a not a difficult paint/masking job, and just a little subtle weathering is in order, as these very expensive birds stay very well-maintained, and in their hangars when not flying.

Two Bob's decals are printed in the US by Microscale. In previous builds I have completed, Two Bobs decals went down smoothly over a gloss coat of Future, and with a touch of Solvaset, nestled down into and over the surface detailing. After sealing everything with another couple of mist coats of Future, things look great prior to weathering and dull coating.

Two Bobs Aviation Graphics is a Ft. Worth, Texas-based firm that offers high-quality decals for scale modelers. Their subjects include a variety of military aircraft from post-World War II to the present. I have purchased several of their decals sets on my own, and their offerings are typically well-researched and interesting subjects. The usual 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 aircraft scales are well represented. Visit their website here, www.twobobs.net, to peruse their ample line. Ordering can be done on site (although the webstore wasn't operating the day I wrote this), or through various online hobby suppliers and select local hobby shops. Those of us in Texas cough up an additional 8.25% for maintaining the Republic when ordering direct.

As usual from this manufacturer, very highly recommended! Thanks to Two Bobs Aviation Graphics and IPMS for the review set. Let's see, I think I have an unbuilt Testor's example in the stash ...

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