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B-58 Ejection Seat Set

Fisher Model and Pattern 1/48 B-58 Ejection Seat Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2008 Manufacturer Fisher Model and Pattern
Subject B-58 Ejection Seat Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number 4803 Primary Media Resin
Pros Nice enhancement to the Monogram Hustler kit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $20.00

First Look

B-58 Ejection Seat Set

Monogram's 1/48 B-58 Hustler kit is still one of their nicer toolings and one that has yet to be rivaled by another company (so far). The tooling is more than a decade old and is based upon older tooling standards, which translates to raised panel lines, but otherwise most of the detailing is nicely done.

It doesn't matter which kit we're talking about, nobody has released a perfect kit as there are limits to what can be done with styrene molds in terms of cost and complexity. Leave it to the aftermarket world to engineer enhancements that are targeted to the AMS modeler who want to address some of those minor flaws.

Fisher Models has released three sets to enhance the Monogram Hustler. This set takes care of the cockpit area. Like most of the Monogram 1/48 series, the stock cockpit is nice straight out of the box. This set takes that nice cockpit to the next level by giving you two new parts.

The first is the ejection seat, which is rendered with more detail and with seatbelts and shoulder harnesses in place.

The second is the overhead entry hatch. This is designed to replace the kit hatch, but it is rendered in clear resin to make it easier to get the look of the eyebrow windows by simply masking the insides and outsides of both windows before painting.

These two parts will definitely add a little more realism to your next Hustler project!

My sincere thanks to Fisher Model and Pattern for this review sample!