B-58 Engine Intake/ Exhaust
Lone Star Models, 1/48 scale
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||Lone Star Models B-58 Engine Intake/
around USD$30 from Lone Star Models
|Contents and Media:
||Well cast; simple solution for a
tricky problem area on Monogram's kit
||Some minor DIY required.
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"Bondo" Phil Brandt
The decades-old 1/48 Monogram B-58 is still highly regarded by modeler
fans of modern jets. And the real thing, albeit only in museums, still
looks as much or more aesthetically pleasing than most other current
I knew Mike West, the talented Lone Star Model’s one-man show, was
planning to do a B-58 three-cockpit resin set, but it’s still in
progress, so I was surprised when, at San Antonio’s ModelFiesta, he
placed a B-58 resin intake/exhaust set in my hot little hands. Woweee!
An email from well-known Left Coast modeler and all-round good guy, Bob
Moore, informs me that he did the original masters and sold ‘em to Mike.
The smoothly-cast components overcome one of jet aircraft modeling’s
biggest headaches, how to sand and smooth jet engine intake seams after
the halves are glued together. The B-58 kit is especially difficult in
this respect because the compressor face and spikes essentially prevent
the intrusion of almost any sanding media.
The seam bugaboo’s ancient history now, because all ya gotta do is cut
off the front one inch or so of each assembled engine pod and glue on
the seamless resin part, including the new resin compressor face and
spike. One tiny caveat: there is a small strake (which fairs into the
support strut) on the top of two of the B-58's four J79 pods. All four
of the Lone Star intake castings have this strake, so you’ll have to
gently sand off said fairing on two. Another note: some of the
sharply-edged intake openings are very slightly egg-shaped–perhaps they
were removed from the mold too early after pouring-- and will require
judicious use of hot water and squeezing. Not a big deal.
The exhaust assemblies are just as deep as the Monogram parts, but have
much more internal detail; the pix speak for themselves. Sharp-eyed
Hsers will notice that some of the pre-production exhaust assemblies are
one-piece and one is two-piece. Mike told me that pulling the one-piece
master from the RTV mold is so difficult that he elected to go the
two-piece route when he begins volume production.
All in all, this is a welcome aftermarket addition; highly recommenced!
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