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 22.214.171.124 on Feb 22, 2011 6:06 AM This message has been edited by dwill104 from IP address 126.96.36.199 on Feb 22, 2011 6:02 AM
Your user name and password will give you full posting privileges to all of HyperScale Forums.
Please note the following conditions of posting:
All contributions are welcome but please refrain from political or abusive comments, swearing (including the thin disguising of swear words with asterisks and other characters), and crude metaphors. Please do not use the "Jet Age" forum as a public platform to complain about retailers or manufacturers (about issues such as broken or missing parts) before you have followed all normal channels to resolve any grievance. "Jet Age" is not the place to conduct personal feuds or for posting personal attacks. Please do not post in capital letters only, as this is considered to be shouting and therefore impolite. Also, please do not post in 'texting message' word format. Any posts breaching these guidelines will promptly be removed from the server and the offender may be excluded from further posting to the HyperScale Forums. Off-topic posts may also be removed from the server.
In addition, "Jet Age" is not a forum for the public criticism of the models that appear as Galleries or Articles. Please make any suggestions for improvements or criticism direct to the author via the email link at the bottom of the Article.
Finally, please note that this Discussion Group is privately operated and that I reserve the right to delete any post or cancel any registration for any reason whatsoever.