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  1. Gloss black beauty. I sprayed Rustoleum Gloss Black lacquer from a rattle can. This paint goes on smooth and dries hard as a rock in 30 minutes. The Alclad gloss black that I have used in the past sometimes stays tacky for days, even weeks. I see a few gremlins in the paint and I will sand them out. Should be spraying Alclad paints in a day or 2. Dan
  2. Hey, I have finished all of the major body work. I have sprayed some gloss white as the base for some colorful squadron markings. When the white was cured I masked it and have applied the first "dust" coat of gloss black. I am sure that I will find flaws and sanding marks. Next, after a day or so to cure, I will need to sand out any remaining problem areas before a heavy wet coat of gloss black. Thats all, Dan
  3. Gloss white Genies in the sun. Weapons pylons. Dan
  4. I dream of Genies...................or A pair of Ding Dongs............. Lots of fine work to do here, but a start. Dan
  5. Progress..... I have been working on the wing-top pod fairings. This is the second go round with putty. Wingtip lights, there is a red one on the other wingtip. More sanding and polishing is needed. Genie missile fin bases, fresh off of the printer. Each base will get a sheet plastic insert, bottom of the pic. Genies that were carried on the Scorpion had the fins extended since they are not carried in an internal bay. Dan
  6. Wow, you got me beat. XB-51 fuselage is basically one constant profile for 75% in the middle. It's the ends that will get you. Dan
  7. I built the 1/48th one as well, but it looks dinky next to the larger one. Like X planes?? Get a 3d printer and learn some basic cad. I received a 3d printer as a gift last year. My first reaction......Yikes, now I have to learn cad! But it can be done. I know next to nothing about computers but I can design and print basic shapes. Early jets and X planes generally had smooth flowing curves that lend themselves to 3d printing. Low end printers are not that expensive and Fusion 360 is free to use for home hobbyists. I learned most of my design skills from YouTube videos.
  8. Thud, Good luck finding one. I was able to score one off of ebay about 3 years ago. In some email correspondence with Lee he recalled making only 10 or 12 examples, so they are quite rare. My build is currently stalled, I cracked the canopy, but should be back into build mode soon. Dan
  9. After some deep internet research I determined that Northrup used blue tape and big ass rubber bands to hold the pod in place while workers riveted the pod into place. Although it was not a common construction technique it was effective and cheap. Dan
  10. Incremental progress. Pylons have been scribed and riveted. Sprayed one with black lacquer from a rattle can. Panel lines and revits on the top of the wing. First pod epoxied to the wing. Dan
  11. Here are the weapons pylons. The lower ones are for the Genies. Still need to scribe in panel lines. I have added some raised service panels on the wings. I am just spit-balling here. Actually I am spit-balling the whole model! And some panel lines on the nose. Dan
  12. Built both. Tamiya all the way. Dan
  13. Random, small stuff. Front end of both rocket pods. Pylons. Rough. 4 are from the kit, 2 are custom. Vents. Pretty easy really. I cut through 3 sides of the vent and then push it in. Overall shot. Thats all, Dan
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