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I'm collecting the parts to make an Airfix B-57B. The Airfix kits have fairly simplified parts and the cockpit of the B-57B kit is poor. I'll also be using the CMK resin cockpit to deal with the pit issue, although Eduard also has a PE cockpit out, the Two Mikes set to correct the tailplanes and rudder, the CMK wheel set, Aires wheel wells, and SAC metal gear, mostly for the nose gear due to the weight needed to make it a non-tail sitter. I'll be building it with the bomb bay closed, since their bay has only 4 attachments for the large (1000 lb?) British-style bombs in the kit. 750-lb bombs or BLU-27 napalm tanks from the Hasegawa weapons set will go under the wings. Also, I'll have to drill cannon ports in the wings as the kit lacks the wing armament. Hopefully with the SAC gear and not thinning the plastic to install the Aires nosewheel well, I'll be able to replicate the nose down stance of the B-57 as the kit sits level.
Although I prefer the G model, it's pretty poorly done in the kit. The killer to me is that the undernose EO package looks very undersized, being not wide enough and too short front to back. Plus, it's missing the snorkel air intakes on the sides of the nose, as well as almost all of the antennas carried on the -G. IMHO, the 1/72 Testors/Italeri kit is the best way to a -G model.
This message has been edited by dwill104 from IP address 188.8.131.52 on Feb 22, 2011 6:06 AM
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