Posted by Matty on June 1, 2011, 22:09:08, in reply to "WOW!
Funny about those bombs: they were the most uncooperative part of the whole build - and then visibility into the bomb bay ended up being just about zero!
I think the vertical storage served two purposes: first and foremost, it made the bombs tumble when (first) dropped - kind of a natural air-brake - so their noses ended up well and truly burrowing downward into the target, and not skipping off (obviously, the days before skip-bombing was employed). And secondly, storing them butt-down might have been (or at least thought to be) safer in the event of a belly-landing. I do know this: they're a surprisingly large pain in the a** to scratchbuild, for very little return!
Glad you liked this build, though - and after all these years, now you know what it looks like!