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Following along in this fabulous 50's Golden Era of Flight I'm in, I have for your viewing pleasure, an oldie but a goodie from beautiful Baltimore, Maryland on the banks of the Patuxent River the Martin XB-51 by Collect-aire. And old is right. This big lump of resin manufactured back in '96. This should be interesting, The last pure resin build I did was maybe 20 years ago, an old ARBA Bristol Blenheim Mk1. Though small it was hefty and this will be heftier. This build may take a while depending on how much extra goodies I stuff in to its innards.Plus being old enough to vote AND drink the resin maybe too brittle to work with and I'll have to make new pieces.But we shall see, what we see,so shall we? As always, comments suggestions and observations are heartily welcomed. As the famous General said" Forward! Into the fog and Damn the Martinis, full speed ahead." At least I think it was Martinis, He may have ment Martians but I doubt it was ours.
YEEEEEHAAAA it’s finally here, though it seems to have taken forever!! At one stage I was going to build the Arado Ar-234 P5 “Turbo-Prop” Nightfighter for this build but after seeing some of the parts I didn’t think I would be able to complete it in the time available (even though the build seems to be just falling together). Then I happened to see some amazing profiles by the artist Logan Hartke and I just fell in love with the ones of the B-51 Panther, which are based on the Martin XB-51. So after a couple of e-mails to him I had his blessing to use one of the photos as the basis for the build. Actually he was very excited to see someone actually try to bring this design to life. So the base of the build will be Anigrands XB-51! I had hoped to have had Collect-Aires 1/48th version (I will build one as soon as I can get one) as trust me it would have been an easier build than the Anigrand one….more later. The new nose and canopy(?) will be from an Italeri B-57G along with a couple of other bits supplied from it as well. Plus just to give myself a little bit more work a 1/72nd Master M61 Vulcan rotary cannon will be fitted to the weapons bay as per the Pave Gat program originally fitted to a couple B-57G’s in Vietnam in 1968. Finally she’ll be finished in RAAF colours for SEA operations around 1971. Work required; · Ok the Anigrand base model is horrible! All four sections of the fuselage were and still are warped, even a nice warm bath didn’t work, I think it made it worse! So lots of work there. · Main wheel well bays need to be rebuilt, are warped. · Completely new cockpit to be built. · Canopy will either be from the B-57 donor or a F-4E · Modernise the XB-51 airframe · Get carried away with any additional mods I always end up doing!!! Well I have my work cut out for this one……but am so excited I can’t wait!!! Oh the aircrafts full title is Martin B-51G Panther Tropic Moon III wt Pave Gat. The actual Tropic Moon III program started in 1967 as a result of operational requirements in Vietnam. Have managed to get the original de-classified documents for the program which is really cool and very helpful!