Question about Lindberg's 1/64 scale B-58 Hustler kit.

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Question about Lindberg's 1/64 scale B-58 Hustler kit.

  • If anyone has built this kit, I have a few questions on it. Does anyone know how long is it's fuselage? Also does this length conform to the scale given (1/64)? Thanks.
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  • The good news is yeah, I built 4 or 5 of them.  I ate a lot of cereal and sent of 25 or 50 cents and the coupon to get them.  The bad news is it was 50 years ago and all I remember is it was fun!!

    John

    To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  • I happen to be building the 1/128 scale right now for the IMS2 group build.  Mine is 9.5 inches long, so yours would be twice that.  I'm pretty sure the 1/64 is almost the same kit, as far as design goes.

    EDIT (9-22-2008): build completed
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    My kit has raised panel lines, ugly seams, and incorrect profile in many places. 
    All of a modeller's favorites can be found in this kit.  Approve [^]

    Check out this profile shot for an example of how far off the kit is on the tail:

    I've been rebuilding the tail, then I vacuformed a new canopy.  Next I'm gonna have to rebuild major parts of all four engines.

     

    If I could do it again, I think would toss it and get the 1/144 Academy model.  A good alternate for the 1/64 lindberg would be Revell-Monogram's excellent 1/48 kit.  Another thing to consider is that there seem to be no B-58 decals available for these odd-ball scales, so you may end up making your own (probably what I will have to do).

    But... this one has taught me a LOT of new skills.  So that's something...  Hopefully it comes out OK in the end.

     

    Good Luck

      1/32 Revell Duo Discus
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      1/48 Ardpol SZD-51 Junior
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  • I am currently building that very kit, and enjoying it immensel!  It's about 17" long and is a fairly accurate representation.  It has a rudimentary interior (more than the 1:48 Momogram kit) and several "working" features, like retracting l.g and opening hatches.  I decided to do mine as a "what if" and painted it SEA camo, in homage to the "lost B-58" that may or may not have existed.  Here are a couple of progress pics for you:

     

    Hope this is of some help!

    Brian  Cowboy [C):-)]

     

    "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." John Bernard Books (The Shootist)
  • So Lindberg made the B-58 in 1/128 and 1/64 scale. I think somewhere I read that they aslo ahd it in 1/96ish scale is that true? Also is that 9.5 inches for the 1/128 one with or without the probe?
  • The officially specified overall length of the B-58 is 96 feet 9 inches from forward tip of radome (NOT the pitot boom) to upper aft tip of the vertical fin, measured parallel to static ground line. The vertical fin is swept 52° at the leading edge. Overall height is 29 feet 11 inches, measured from upper after tip of the vertical fin perpendicular to static ground line. These measurements come from official Convair documents which I have in front of me as I write this.

    The length of Lindberg's 1/64 B-58 fuselage should be 18.14 inches, measured as above. Wingspan should be 10.66 inches tip-to-tip.

    It's a good model. I haven't seen one in years, but built plenty of them (and its smaller brother) as a kid. At one point it was released with movable controls connected by wires to a remote control stick. It was to be mounted on a stand so it could be "flown" (early "fly-by-wire" technology!).

    For those interested, I'm in the process of creating new scale drawings of the B-58, based on the Convair documents, but it's gonna take a while.

    Oh, and if you are interested in the 1/72 Italeri B-58 kit, it's too short, because the kit designers took the overall length to include the nose pitot boom, so it needs to be stretched by about 8%. However, the discrepancy is not just in the fuselage, but distributed throughout the entire length of the model, so all the wing and tail sweep angles are wrong as well.
    Michael McMurtrey IPMS-USA #1746 Carrollton, TX
  •  BraniffBuff wrote:
    The officially specified overall length of the B-58 is 96 feet 9 inches from forward tip of radome (NOT the pitot boom) to upper aft tip of the vertical fin, measured parallel to static ground line. The vertical fin is swept 52° at the leading edge. Overall height is 29 feet 11 inches, measured from upper after tip of the vertical fin perpendicular to static ground line. These measurements come from official Convair documents which I have in front of me as I write this.

    The length of Lindberg's 1/64 B-58 fuselage should be 18.14 inches, measured as above. Wingspan should be 10.66 inches tip-to-tip.

    It's a good model. I haven't seen one in years, but built plenty of them (and its smaller brother) as a kid. At one point it was released with movable controls connected by wires to a remote control stick. It was to be mounted on a stand so it could be "flown" (early "fly-by-wire" technology!).

    For those interested, I'm in the process of creating new scale drawings of the B-58, based on the Convair documents, but it's gonna take a while.

    Oh, and if you are interested in the 1/72 Italeri B-58 kit, it's too short, because the kit designers took the overall length to include the nose pitot boom, so it needs to be stretched by about 8%. However, the discrepancy is not just in the fuselage, but distributed throughout the entire length of the model, so all the wing and tail sweep angles are wrong as well.

    Michael,

    I would be most interested in your scale drawings when completed.  At some point down th e line, I have the big 1:48 Mono kit, and they would be of immense help,  I plan to use the Engines 'n' Things cockpit set and do some scratch building also.  As for the Italeri kit, it even looks wrong to me, now I know why!  Smile,Wink, & Grin [swg]

    Brian  Cowboy [C):-)]

    "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." John Bernard Books (The Shootist)
  • I don't think you'll have much trouble building an accurate B-58 from the 1/48 Monogram kit. The last time I looked at one, it seemed to be spot on, but others may know more. There are some aftermarket parts that add details, but the basic kit is pretty sound, I think.

    I think have found one of the reasons for discrepancies in some of the B-58 models produced over the years. Convair released two sets of model drawings, one in 1/60 scale and the other 1/120 scale. Now you would think that to get the 1/120 scale drawing they would just reduce the 1/60 drawing by 50%. But no! They did two completely different drawings, and they do not agree with each other in many respects!


    Michael McMurtrey IPMS-USA #1746 Carrollton, TX