One side completed, the USAF lettering still missing. It's printed in dark blue (like the roundels) on the Fox One sheet. This would indeed be correct when you look at the official painting specs for the Hustler. However, in real life the USAF lettering seems to have been painted in black most of the time.
As I won't show an open cockpit I can live with what's in the box. Only the three seats have been swapped for parts from the spares box as the early Hustler I want to depict didn't have the capsule ejection seats jet.
Gustavo Sarmento Superb work so far! I have the same one in my stash, but still haven't got the guts to build it, 'cause I'm not sure I have the chops for achieving a nice end result...
25. July, 14:53
Bernd Korte Thanks guys! @Gustavo: Your models look very good to me. I don't see any reason why you should not build your B-58! My NMF is far from flawless, by the way. Taking nice photos is at least 50% of the presentation.
1. August, 07:30
Lochsa_River Ah yes...how many times have i said..."Lets make sure this flaw isn't prominent in the photos."
great work so far....
3. August, 15:00
Gary Dahlström Does anyone else work on a 'good' side of the model, e.g., all the best tiny painted parts go on the 'good' side? I had an extreme case of this with the 35 year old cable car kit. Some of the handrails and a step were no longer straight, and one of the decals disintegrated in water - i had to piece it back together as "Poell & Hyde". Those went on the 'other' side.;)
Looks terrific Bernd, looking forward to the finished result.
3. August, 18:49
Gustavo Sarmento @Bernd Corte Thank you for your kind words! Hope to start the Hustler sooner rather than later, and let's see how it turns out.
5. August, 20:36
Bernd Korte Thanks for your nice comments!
@Lochsa_River! Fortunately most of the time only oneself knows where to look for all the flaws
@Gary Dahström: That's an interesting approach. Perhaps it makes sense to work that way when you know that the model will be displayed with only one side visible in the display cabinet.
9. August, 11:30
Bernd Korte Decal work is now halfway done. Only one issue emerged: Fox One has printed the USAF lettering in the same blue as the USAF roundel. That would indeed be correct when you look at the official painting specifications of that time for the Hustler. However, it seems that not all paint shops paid attention to those official specs as all the color photos I have seen look like the USAF lettering is rather black than dark blue. The old Italeri decals in my boxing are in black, but the decal film is impossible to hide on those old decals. Fortunately a friend owns a new boxing and will send me those new Italeri decals (black). And I'll try to get a new decal sheet from Italeri's spare part service to pay him back - quite the scheme
9. August, 11:36
Bernd Korte Decals are now completed. Thanks Thomas for sharing the USAF lettering from the current Italeri decal sheet!
Konrad Limmer Awesome plane awesome work and awesome looking model. Congrats to this perfect build !
30. August, 06:24
Bernd Korte Thanks Lochsa_River, Tom M and Konrad Limmer! I'm really happy how it turned out in the end. Although there are, of course, quite a few flaws that I could list here. For example the insignia decals on the wings should have been placed a little more back, nearer to the flaps.
Speaking of flaws - the biggest flaw of the kit is, in my opinion, how Italeri designed the connection of the inner engine pylons to the wings. A tiny part of the pylon is already moulded to the wings. So you can either install the whole enginge pylons/pods before the painting and take good care of that seam but have major problems painting the inner engine pods. Or you can glue the pylons to the wings after the paint job which makes hiding the seam almost impossible. I chose the second option and was extra lucky as my plane had those black areas at that joint which hide the seam very well.
30. August, 06:59
Oliver Zwiener Third prototype , also used as chase aircraft at Edwards AFB for XB-70 project. Really great job !
30. August, 08:03
Neuling Excellent build of one of my favorite planes!
30. August, 09:14
Bernhard Schrock Ein echter Blickfang! Hut ab was du aus dem Kit gezaubert hast.
Gary Dahlström Marvelous work; you have to promise more pics when it's mounted on the base.
2. September, 13:09
Bernd Korte Thank you Daniel, Roland, Maciej and Gary! Your feedback really motivates me!
@Roland: I think it's fair to say that seeing your very nice B-58 was one of the reasons I wanted to have one, too!
@Gary: Yes, I'll share new pictures once the base is ready!