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  1. The forthcoming 1/72 B-58 boarding steps coming from Aircraft In Miniature. The steps can be built for either left or right side entry to the aircraft. Shown with an Italeri B-58 and a couple of Hasegawa figures for context. Cheers, Haydn.
  2. Wolpack Design is to rebox the Academy/Hobbycraft (1998 ! - link & link) 1/144th Convair B-58A Hustler - ref. WP14001 Sources: http://www.wolfpack-d.com/catalog/htm/wp14001.html https://www.facebook.com/wolfpackd/posts/314589103807819 1/144 B-58A Hustler USAF Supersonic Strategic Bomber (Premium Edition Kit) Sprue parts by Academy Plastic models, 3 A/C markings for the USAF Strategic Air Command Canopy Masking seal included, Decal printed in Cartograf, Italy A4 color printing manual included V.P.
  3. Good day all A bit of a story: About 15 years ago I built the then-new 1/72 scale kit of the B-58 Hustler from Italeri. It looked really good, was finished with ALCLAD II + ALCLAD's own primer. About 6 months later I noticed that the surface of the model is covered in fine hairline cracks... After consulting around, it seemed that the ALCLAD primer was at fault (poor quality control, same as what clobbered the original ALCLAD company - hence, ALCLAD II). I tried several times to fix it, eventually gave up and tossed it in the garbage can. In the meantime I bought another B-58 kit that I found on eBay + a set of Caracal decals in 1/72 for that kit... The decals turned up much sooner than the kit, and the Caracal decals looked REALLY good so I started thinking - "Hmmm perhaps I should just try to fix that old B-58 once more"... So off I went to check if the trash had been removed yet, actually found the model plus the bits & pieces that got broken off in the trash can (broken eggshells and empty jam bottles etc on top of it had some effect). This time I removed all the old paint including the ALCLAD primer as best as I could. Now being thoroughly disgusted with ALCLAD II products I looked around for an alternative and found two full bottles of Polly Scale "Old Silver" in my stash... All I can say is that 1) Polly Scale being out of business now is a Crime Against Humanity (I should have bought tons of Old Silver) and 2) Caracal Decals is the BEST quality decals I have come across EVER. PS. excuse the poor quality pics (cellphone) and zero attempt at a sexy background...
  4. This Lindberg kit dates back to 1959 and is still on the shelves. I thought I'd pick it up because it's the first time I've done a jet aircraft. so this B-58 came out in 1959 and there's even a commercial with post cereal advertising box tops that could win you this kit, saying how it's "special" because the parts snap together and there are working features. Well, this kit CAN snap, but it's highly not recommended to do this as it won't look good at all. https://youtu.be/M64Ai4I9-as so, starting with the cockpit. It looks good for a lot from 1959. It has some detail on the walls and the floor and has pilots and accessories like a bomb scope and control panel. https://imgur.com/a/IWL1a compared to the other kits of that era, especially the biggest company of that time, Revell, this model seems to have quite good detail for a model from the late 50s. Or at least what I've seen. The flaps on the canopy section open up revealing the interior, so the windows you see there can be put on later in the build. Then came the joining of the fuselage. https://imgur.com/a/3NhBi the fit wasn't good in a lot of places and when it was it was really uneven, so I'm gonna grab my sanding stick and Tamiya Putty, and when I'm done I'll show everyone the rest of the build!
  5. Hi guys Here are the finished pictures of my Italeri B-58 Hustler in 1/72 flavour. I was kindly given this kit by a gentleman who donated a load of kits to West Middlesex Model Club at the beginning of the year. For whatever reasons he had given up the hobby or his circumstances had changed meaning he could not continue. All he asked for in return was to be sent pictures of the finished builds when complete. I hope he appreciates my mediocre effort to repay his generosity. The kit is not bad as a whole requiring the usual Italeri persuasion to go together but nothing drastic. The area requiring special attention was getting the undercarriage into the wheels up position. The kit really doesn't allow for this and things had to be carefully modified to get things looking right. Right from the start I was looking forward to going mad with AK Interactive's Xtreme Metals and the paints didn't disappoint. The whole thing was sprayed Aluminium but this was far too shiny for what I was after so it was resprayed White Aluminium. In the end I used white aluminium, dark aluminium, matte aluminium, aluminium, duraluminium, steel, titanium, jet exhaust, pale burnt metal and gun metal on the build. One area that was a minor concern was adding Ammo enamel panel line wash to unprotected Xtreme Metal paint. I had seen a video on AK's YouTube page showing how the paint was resistant to weathering products but this was not the case for me. Luckily I had only decided to use this on a small area on the engines but still I should have tested things beforehand. The only aftermarket I used was a Master metal pitot tube to replace the kit part which was horrible. The highlight of the kit was the decals which were superb in every way and Italeri provided six schemes to choose from in the kit. Build thread HERE I choose to do the Aircraft 59-2447 Rapid Rabbit which unfortunately crashed on 15/02/62 - 38 miles E. of Lawton Oklohoma. The accident cause was loss of aircraft control due to Mach and airspeed system malfunction during normal flight. The aircraft was in an inverted spin when crew ejected. The Nav and DSO ejected simultaneously and collided injuring the Nav. Pilot who suffered a back injury due to loose harness at time of ejection. AF pilot Maj. John Irving, AF Nav/Bombardier Capt. John Fuller and AF DSO Capt. Donald Avallon all survived. DSC_6894 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6885 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6884 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6879 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6889 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6890 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6893 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6895 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6896 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6899 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6901 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6903 by Mark Inman, on Flickr DSC_6904 by Mark Inman, on Flickr Here is the only picture I could find of the real aircraft. Thanks for looking.
  6. Evening folks! It's been a good while since my last project on here (the Dynavector Wyvern - which is still languishing waiting for paint...) as modelling time has been pretty much non-existent for the past year and a half due to a pretty hefty change in career, which saw me trade my aspirations for a light blue uniform for a dark blue one and a move to the south coast. Thankfully things have settled down a bit now, so while I'm on holdover waiting to start my Observer training in the Spring, I thought it was about time I sunk my teeth into another big project to keep me occupied in the evenings and at weekends. So here we go once again... So here she is, Monogram's classic 1/48 Hustler kit, which despite all the well known issues with the kit such as the dodgy fit of the engine pods to the wings, the odd moulding bump in front of the windshield and the raised panel lines, still builds up to be an absolute beauty of a kit (not to mention an absolute monster... still haven't quite worked out where I'll keep the finished product or the other one I've got in my collection! ) As you can see I've also got the Fisher Models detail set for the kit, which includes replacement elevons, replacements for the kit intakes + shock cones, replacement exhausts and also the earlier mark of ejector seat. Early Seat: Replacement Intake: Fisher Exhaust vs Monogram part: The first job for this beast was to re-scribe the panel lines, which at first I was a bit apprehensive about, but really isn't all that huge a job. The raised panel lines on the kit are quite prominent and almost entirely straight lines, so this task wasn't too bad. Using the kit panel lines as a guide, two evenings of re-scribing and sanding were enough to get to this stage. There are still a few areas left to be scribed, but these will need to wait till the fuselage parts are joined together as the panel lines run across both parts, so I don't want any massive misalignments in my scribing. This is where she stands at the minute, and I'm now about to commence painting of the cockpit and undercarriage bays. At which point I've run into a small problem... Does anybody have a definitive answer as to what colour the undercarriage bays and doors should be? I've seen various walkarounds which show about four different answers to this question - white, overall aluminium, what looks like a zinc chromate yellow and a fairly hideous shade of green which I can only describe as looking like Games Workshop's old style shade which was called 'Rotting Flesh'... Just to add to the confusion, the instructions for the kit call for them to be in Medium Sea Grey! Any advice would be more than welcome on this subject! My other concern is that this is going to be a fairly heavy kit once it's all together, would anyone here who has previously built one care to comment on the strength of the plastic undercarriage legs? Would a set of metal replacement legs be necessary? Anyway, this little essay has gone on long enough now, hopefully some kind soul can point me in the right direction with the colours for the undercarriage bays/doors and by posting the build here it'll give me the motivation to actually finish a build for a change (I will finish my Wyvern! I will!!!) Cheers folks, Nik
  7. Pics taken by Darwin at the SAC Museum in Nebraska
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