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Monogram 1/48th B-58 Hustler

This build was one of my first forays into the NMF finish using those buffable metalizers. After spraying the base color, I Futured the entire thing and then set about masking with Tamiya’s ‘yellow’ tape. By spraying different shades of Titanium, Aluminum, Magnesium and Gunmetal and then opting to buff them out or leave ’em ‘dull’, I could achieve varying contrasts in the finish. Those cotton gloves come in handy for shining up those hard-to-reach areas of the kit.

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9 responses to Monogram 1/48th B-58 Hustler

  1. Well Craig, definitely a big kit to venture into NMF on. I have only seen one of these built at any show. It does make an impressive presentation though. I for one applaud your willingness to give it a go…I avoid NMF at all costs. Good job.

    • Thanks Walt….you know – if you’d try my method, you’d find it’s not that big of a P.I.T.A. as you imagine. Model Master “buffable metalizers” in spray cans – 5 or 6 different shades – spray it on (always Future over it), rub it to a shine with an old rag, mask it off with yellow tape and spray another color (Future and mask) – repeat as necessary. Believe me, if it were a hassle or had ANY degree of difficulty, I wouldn’t be doin’ it ’cause I’m basically pretty lazy and look for the easiest way out.

  2. The K-2 of NMF projects. A very steep climb. Excellent work on a kit that isn’t easy to get that nice in the end.

  3. Thanks, TC (for this and the B-57 reply as well). But tell me, if this is the K-2 version, what would the Everest kit be?

  4. Everest would be the 1/72 Monogram B-36!

    • Ah. yes….having never built one (or even seen one, for that matter), that answer didn’t immediately spring to mind – but it makes sense. I wonder……would that kit be about the same size [completed] as my 48th B-29 or even bigger?

  5. Well Craig, I gotta tell ya man, that’s an old favorite aircraft of mine and you’ve made a beautiful model of it. There must be acres of NMF on that bird. I remember having a toy version of the plane back in the early to mid 60s, and that’s when I fell in love with the Hustler. I’d love to have one to display with an F-102 and F-106, two other cool 50s deltas!

  6. Thanks, Gary….it really wasn’t that difficult with those MM buffable metalizers in the rattle cans. Just a lotta maskin’ and re-maskin’. I appreciate you’re kind words.

  7. absolutely beautiful…you really have a knaack for nmf…

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