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Airfix 1/48 B-57 Intruder

Yet another example of my NMF efforts. When first I discovered the simplicity of using the method I’ve described, I wanted to keep it going (where feasible), before I lost my touch.

There were 2 or 3 different radomes included as options with this kit, and after some experimentation, I discovered the best choice was the bulbous nose because it held more area for the extensive nose weight required to have it sit correctly without any help from those ungainly tail supports.

As previously mentioned, Airfix isn’t my first choice of manufacturers, but it was the only game in town. All in all, it built up to an acceptable kit and I was happy with the results.

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5 responses to Airfix 1/48 B-57 Intruder

  1. Well you should be happy – looks great. Although I grew up where Airfix was like your Monogram, I’m no fan of their.

  2. New generation airfix is quite nice, the old is well, workable of course. You did a great job!

  3. Well….maybe I should join the next generation and start giving all those former crappy kits a second look (Revell, Airfix, Testors to name a few, were always ones to avoid it seemed like). Haven’t tried – or even fondled – any stuff from Kenetic or Kitty Hawk, but their new T-45 and F-35, respectively, seem like something I’d enjoy. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. While Revell, Airfix and Testors kits form the 50s, 60s and 70s had some stinkers for sure, they all had some pretty decent kits given the technology of the times. The Revell 1/40th A-1 Skyraider for example was a good kit and the 1/72nd Airfix Lancasters weren’t bad either
    Even Aurora kits (normally considered bottom of the heap) were hit or miss… The FW-190 and ME-109 were real dogs, but their USS Guadalcanal and the 1/48th(ish) helos, H-21, H-25, and HCB-1 (CH-47A) were actually pretty accurate.

    I used to look in the box to see how good the kits were back before they started wrapping them in cellophane.

    The thing was, most of the time we didn’t know how crappy the kits were because we didn’t have anything to compare them with.

  5. Nice work. One thing (not a complaint or a criticism) but the B-57s of this markings era I saw at the time were all painted with aluminum Coroguard. It makes a nice dull monochromatic finish, which can be weathered in interesting ways for a SEA bird, but your NMF looks lots better.

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