When I purchased Italeri’s 1/72 B-57B Canberra, I really had no plans to build it. I found it in the clearance room at Valpo Pet and Hobby and figured, why not? I paid $9.00 , got it home and put it up with the hundreds of other kits awaiting my attention. As each of my builds would start and finish, the B-57B kept sticking out to me. Finally I decided to pursue it. It is definitely not a traditional looking aircraft which is what attracted me to it. This was quite a nice kit to build. As I stated in a previous blog, I built a lot of this while on vacation in Florida. The only real issue was some decent gaps where the wings meet the fuselage. It also could have used a little more detail in the cockpit. Other than that, we have a winner. I chose to build this Canberra in a Vietnam era camo paint scheme. The weapons selection included was a little dull for me so I decided to go with four of Hasegawa’s napalm bombs. I also used rockets and 500 lb. bombs that were included with the kit. I weathered it using pastels and Testor’s Aluminum for the paint chips. I really wanted to give this kit a well used look. Overall, I can’t complain about this model. Italeri put out a nice B-57B Canberra.
With Christmas here, I thought I would be finished with my F-16C and have a decent start to my B-57 Canberra. Even with time delays, this has been a pleasurable build.
With painting complete except for some odds and ends, I am focusing on weathering and details next. I used Dutch Boy Semi-Gloss White latex paint for the wheel bays and the inside of the air intake. I plan on using pastels to dirty it up a bit. If the detailing goes as well as the build, I’ll be in good shape.