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HobbyCraft 148th P-59b Airacomet

April 6, 2014 · in Aviation · · 10 · 1.7K

This is reluctant robot a used for researching unmanned flight in 1946, it later resulted in drones, than UAVs

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  1. said on April 6, 2014

    Hey nice job. What brand of paint did you use? I have one in my stash waiting to be bult, maybe now, i will take a go at it. i also blought the True deatails cockpit as the one in the kit is pretty sparse.

    • thanks I used a combo of Tamiya and Model Master...literally! I mistakenly mixed some Tamiya and MM first attempt paint crazed REALLY bad then I removed the paint and retried and had a small spot under one horizontal stab craze, I left it alone after that That's when I discovered I mixed two different paints together I used an old cleaned out MM bottle to thin some Tamiya red for airbrushing a while back, and forgot to mark the bottle as water based its all good though thanks for the comments

  2. Two very colorful and historic builds presented here, Steven...thanks for sharing 'em.

  3. Not many of those posted, a nice build, colourful .
    Well done sir.

  4. Wow thats Orange! i would usually say nice clean build but here i think its gonna be Nice bright Build 😉

  5. Nice clean build, first time I've ever seen this aircraft modeled.

  6. Steven,
    Great job on this one also. Love the orange.
    I have on of these almost done but mine will be OD. I hope it turns out as well as yours.

  7. On thing for anyone who's going to do the model - the main gear is way too long, you need to shorten it at the top by at least 3/16 inch to get a P-59 that sits at all right. This of course leads to a tail-low sit, and the fact that 58% of the model is behind the main gear becomes a problem. You need to stick weight in every cubic micromillimeter of the fuselage from 1/4 inch ahead of the main gear if you want it to nose sit, and then sand the main wheel flat. It also doesn't hurt if you treat this thin as the worst limited-run kit ever because nothing really fits and everything needs modification. I saw Steven's model on Saturday out at Chino, and the fact he got something as he did was a miracle. As he said, he just stopped hassling with it and declared victory. Of all the awful Hobycrap kits, this is in the top five most hobbycraptacular.

  8. Well, whatever the quality of the kit, Steven's model looks pretty impressive.

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