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  1. I think the paintwork on the plane itself is mostly finished. I still need to paint the external armament and apply decals.
  2. Faux metallics didn’t go so well. I ended up using Ceramcoat platinum paint. It looks good. I am happy with it. Once it dries well, I will detail it.
  3. Thank you, OC. The first attempt at using faux metallics failed. The model is too large, and too bright, to use the same technique that I would on say, a knight. However, I never did know when to give up: The model is currently a medium gray. I am going to attempt to use dry brushing to create a brushed metal finish on the model.
  4. Step 2 of faux metallics is to dry brush a dark dark gray: The faux metallic effect is created with contrast. Now to create that contrast.
  5. Denis, There were two layers of plastic for me to drill through, so I just drilled at an angle. The top of the dowel rod is sitting against the top of the fuselage. The first step in painting the Hustler is to prime it black: Regardless of whether I use faux metallics or just use metallics, I need the black base to give the model depth. I am pleased with how the seams came out. They pretty much disappeared.
  6. The Hustler was designed to move fast (Mach 2), outrunning Soviet interceptors and then hit the Soviets hard, preferably in multiple locations (one target good, 5 targets better), from high altitude. The Air Force decommissioned it in the late ‘60s because the USSR came out with high speed and high altitude surface to air missiles and the survivability of the Hustler came into question. Also, the Hustler was incredibly expensive to maintain and operate.
  7. The engines, the bomb racks and the centerline nuke are all attached. Once they dry, I’ll trim and fill all gaps. The. It will be time to paint. I have been slowly painting the four B-43 nuclear bombs that go on the underwing racks I’ll attempt to use faux metallics for the brushed metal look which makes up the lion’s share of the plane, first. If that fails, then I will use metallics.
  8. Canopy’s on and all gaps are filled. I had to make a replacement piece for one that came up missing. I’m sure I’ll find it next week.
  9. The model sits very nicely on the flight stand I made it. Yes, I used a full size electric drill on a plastic model plane, lol.
  10. The main body of the plane is assembled. As with any large plastic model, there were some fit and alignment issues. The gap between the tail and fuselage is intentional to allow the tail to align properly with the bomb racks and the delta wing. It will be filled later, prior to final assembly and painting.
  11. Thank you, OC. The bang seat is actually an escape pod to enable ejection at supersonic speed. The canopy has a shield that comes down and encapsulates the pilot. Very neat setup.
  12. The ejection seat and flight deck are now mostly painted. I primed black and basecoated a haze gray: I washed with black and rebasecoated gray on the flight deck. After the rebasecoating: I mixed my own orange for the ejection seat: Then detailed it: It now just needs installed after I highlight everything to bring out the gauges and other detail.
  13. The interior of the B-58 is more colorful than I thought. I had guessed dark gray and black, however the seat itself is an orange and cream color and the cockpit itself is a lighter gray with black gauges and trim. The picture is courtesy of the National Air Force Museum. It will be fun to paint.
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