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1/48 Hph XB-70A Its finally COMPLETED!


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Ladies and Gentlemen,Damen und Herren for your amusement and edification I present HpH's 1/48 XB-70A. Like I didn't have enough on my plate constructing Sangers B_52B (more on that later). But as they say" faint heart ne're won a faire maiden". Besides I got it early in the Spring and kept calling to me "Build me!" and so I shall.With out further ado Forward into the Fog!

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yeah, but he said I was a certifiable nutter and not to come back. Anyways,this beast comes in a big box, no I mean A BIG box. 

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Wings,Forward Swan Neck Fuselage,LOwer Fuselage, Engine Area, and 3 smaller boxes with all the fiddly bits, decals, masks,photoetch and the building instructions on a cd.

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Just realised that, now after fighting flickr for a bit maybe I can get this sorted out. Sorry for the brief intermission, Now back to our show!

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Having built the 1/72 version, you have my deepest sympathies. What are you going to do with it? I can't even get a storage box to keep and transport mine in.

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Here hopefully are the rest of the images

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you know I really do think technology has gone downhill since the invention of MIcrowave PIzza.

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I had the box underneath the bed for months. Once finished I'll have to hang it up on the ceiling, if the ceilings strong enough that is.

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One thing for certain this model isn't a vacuform or a traditional resin like you get from Arba, or an old Collect-Aire kit. Its different, Kinda soft grey resin with a fibreglass core for strength. And it makes a powdery itchy mess when you cut or sand it.

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After printing out the instructions from the CD, I though Hmm.. I don't need no stinkin Instructions. Wrong you do. Didn't follow their recommended order though. I started with the Swan Neck forward fuselage. Cleaning up the mould seam. It had a slight ridge on the top and bottom.

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I tried sanding but that was not efficient nor fast, and since you have to cut out the opening for the canopy, I broke out my trusty dremel and proceeded to cut and grind everything down. And THATS a Big mess! Dust and fibreglass everywhere.

 

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Now being a resin/fibreglass affair locator pins are non-existent. They call for wire, all I had was some small nails. So, using a pin vise I drilled the corresponding holes, cut down the nails and epoxied the lot in place. 

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After the epoxy set I puttied and sanded smooth.

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Oh My god !! This guy is as crazy as I'am !!

1/48 B-70.... Congratulations !! I'll follow if you Don't mind !

Really BM is THE place to be, and welcome aboard !!

Nice start too, interesting techniques !!

Sincerely.

CC

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Thanks, It's going to get Real interesting as I go along, I'm not one to build Straight from the box, so to speak. So welcome and pull up a chair and sip your nice favorite beverage, myself either Nice pint of Guinness or as hot as it has been a very tall G&T. With this Plane make that light on the T.

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One of the biggest mods I've got planned is to put the wing tips in the lowered sub-sonic position. Spent the better part of 2 months just researching how the mechanism worked and how it looked. I don't know if its totally correct, but i did get a case of the cold sweats before I cut the tips off.

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If I had it to do over I would have painted the exterior with an automotive or nautical paint recommended for fibreglass. Regular spray paint even if it is good for any surface has a tendency to chip and flake off. Even after scrubbing the parts ,giving a light sanding and applying primer, same result. so this is going to get very gentle treatment. Either way Its a Lot of white.

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Wow. That about sums it up for me. Now I may just have to get that 1/48th scale B-36 they have (I believe it's HPH; who else would be that crazy). Best of luck on this truly mammoth build!

 

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Jason

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6 hours ago, LorenSharp said:

Thanks, It's going to get Real interesting as I go along, I'm not one to build Straight from the box, so to speak. So welcome and pull up a chair and sip your nice favorite beverage, myself either Nice pint of Guinness or as hot as it has been a very tall G&T. With this Plane make that light on the T.

Mmmmh a good pint of Guiness :drink:!!

Be carefull with the automotive paint, have a good coat of primer before applying it.

I don't know if automotive paints are acrylics too on your side of the pond ??

Chemical reactions are not rare with these paints, Guess how I know it ??:whistle:

3 hours ago, Learstang said:

Wow. That about sums it up for me. Now I may just have to get that 1/48th scale B-36 they have (I believe it's HPH; who else would be that crazy). Best of luck on this truly mammoth build!

 

Regards,

 

Jason

And now a 1/48 B-36.... ???? Holly Molly, one need to have an RB-36 beside it...

I have the 1/72 one and it's already a huge beast.... Can be fun....

Il-2is out of painting booth, Will be in RFI soon ! I hope at least....:cheers:

Sincerely.

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AAAAARGH...........A monster...........Building an HPH is a challenge by itself and, believe me, I duly know what this mean, but this size....... WOW...... A titanic job...

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I wanted to get the B-36, but the waiting time from order to receipt was 10 months. I didn't want to wait that long. I think they have sold out of the production run.Ah well such is life. Although, Gerald Elliot may be giving it a go on the Vac side with a 1/48 B-36.How long that would be is anybodys guess.

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