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Box Scale B-58 Hustler...W.I.P...

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Box Scale B-58 Hustler...W.I.P...
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 3:21 PM

Since I returned ro the hobby, except for two Bandai Star Wars models, all the models I have built have been old kits. Or to be kind "vintage." This B-58 is no exception. Of course it's from back in the day when some model kits could be built with animated working features. In the case of this kit, the nuclear weapon pod could be released. That was then this is now. The weapon pod won't be functional on my build. It will be permanently afixed to the underside of the aircraft. So this is the progress so far...

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The weapon pod and engines are assembled.

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The fuselage is closed up with a few split shots in the nose for balance.

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Getting ready to attach the windscreen and the top of the cockpit then I can smooth over the bomb release knob on the top.

Of course all of the surface detail is raised and I'm trying to preserve as much of the detail as I can. Even the paint color demarcations are raised. That's helpful though, I'm going to paint the airplane like the box art so those demarcations will help in the masking process.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime, but everything is in the one true scale...

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 3:33 PM

Awww the push button bomb release was my favorite part of that kit! Stick out tongue

  • Member since
    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 4:57 PM

Some of those gimmicks back then were pretty cool. Bombs that drop, engine sounds, retractable landing gear! A lad got the most for their pocket change for sure. 

Chad

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, November 29, 2019 9:46 AM

A brief update on the B-58: After closing up the fuselage I attached the windscreen and then the cockpit hatch. The windscreen is painted black on the inside because there is nothing to see inside the cockpit. All of the hatches and the bomb release button have been filled with a combination of Bondo Glazing Putty and after that was smoothed, filled again with Mr. Surfacer 500 to take care of scratches and pits. There are still a couple of divots to take care of and then I begin attaching the wing.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime, but everything is in the one true scale...

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by PFJN on Friday, November 29, 2019 3:14 PM

fotofrank

... it's from back in the day when some model kits could be built with animated working features. In the case of this kit, the nuclear weapon pod could be released. That was then this is now. The weapon pod won't be functional on my build. It will be permanently afixed to the underside of the aircraft. ... 

That's good.  The last thing we need is to have more "loose nukes" just lying aroundStick out tongue

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, November 29, 2019 3:56 PM

PFJN

 

 
fotofrank

... it's from back in the day when some model kits could be built with animated working features. In the case of this kit, the nuclear weapon pod could be released. That was then this is now. The weapon pod won't be functional on my build. It will be permanently afixed to the underside of the aircraft. ... 

 

 

That's good.  The last thing we need is to have more "loose nukes" just lying aroundStick out tongue

 

You are correct, sir...

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime, but everything is in the one true scale...

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, November 30, 2019 7:58 AM

Oh that is a classic for sure. Don't think I built it either. Yours is looking real good so far. what are your plans for the panel lines? 

In the pattern: A 23-Window MicroBus and an F-100 SuperSabre (foiled)!

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, December 6, 2019 3:25 PM

TheMongoose

Oh that is a classic for sure. Don't think I built it either. Yours is looking real good so far. what are your plans for the panel lines? 

 

I'm trying to not sand off too much of the panel lines. Some of the panel lines indicate where the paint colors go. Since there no decals with this old kit I'm going to try to paint markings and insignia as much as I can.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime, but everything is in the one true scale...

  • Member since
    January 2010
Posted by CrashTestDummy on Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:54 AM

Mine, too!

I have a couple of Hustlers in my stash, one's an old Lindbergh kit. I'll be watching this build. 

G. Beaird,

Pearland, Texas

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:02 PM

I had both this kit and the awesome (for its day), Lindberg kit. That thing was a beauty with the retractable landing gear and moving parts. I bought one at an Ollie's discount store for like $10, but it was molded in white (unlike all those silver colored plastic jets of years gone by).

I couldn't figure out how such a fast looking jet could ever be shot down. It looked like a space fighter!

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, December 7, 2019 3:27 PM

Thanks, guys. I'm trying to get to the point where I can shoot some primer. Filling the gaps on the wings has been an issue however, but I'm pressing on regardless. When I get to the point where I can shoot some color, I might try AK enamel metalizer.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime, but everything is in the one true scale...

  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, December 7, 2019 4:04 PM

Oh Boy!

 

    I remember that one! Mine fell of the Shelf at Grandma's house. Broke off the Landing Gear and the Weapons Pod. So. A lot of chipped sprue putty later I converted it to a four engined, Two man fighter. Crude, But I liked it.

     Looked kinda neat with a F-104 cut down canopy on top! I think my little brother tried to Launch it with a rubber band launcher and it landed on the Train Tracks. Oh well, it was great fun anyway.

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