Convair B-58 Hustler Pitot Tube

Published: March 6th, 2017     
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Reviewed by: 
Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1:144
Company: Master Model
Price: $4.50
Product / Stock #: AM-144-018

This Master Model set provides a machined brass pitot tube that is superior to what can be produced in an injected plastic kit. This part is specific to the Hobbycraft / Academy series of B-58 Hustler kits (HC1260, HC1261, A4442, A12619) that was initially released in 2001.

Notable is the re-sealable packaging that Master Model uses that makes the part easy to review and then stuff it back into the package securely. You will want to be careful handling the metal pitot tube as its small size makes it an easy sacrifice to the carpet monster.

You will need to create a hole in the nose to mount the pitot tube. The directions call for a 0.5 mm bit (~#77) for the nose. You will want to be very careful to center your drill bit on both your x-axis and y-axis of the pitot tube. You will also note in the pictures below that the extreme end of the pitot tube was bent in my example. Placing the pitot tube in between a smooth flat set of tweezers will straighten out the tip. Just be extremely gentle so you don’t break off the tip when you roll it. Assembling the brass nose pitot tube is quite simple and only required only a few minutes to do, outside of painting, due to the excellent fit.

Be sure to use your favorite CA (super glue) or epoxy, as the normal plastic glues or solvents will not react with the resin or brass. You will also want to be careful painting the pitot tubes to retain their sleek nature.

Highly recommended! This set is a super upgrade over the kit part as the kit supplied pitot tube is way too short and just a bit lumpy looking. My only suggestion for improvement would be to somehow protect the pitot tube tip better to avoid bends in shipping. This excellent pitot tube will point you in the right direction!

Thanks to Master Model and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this set.

  • Instructions
    Instructions
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    Vendor image of product
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  • Product, as delivered with bent tip, as compared to kit part.
    Product, as delivered with bent tip, as compared to kit part.
  • Installed part, after bent tip was corrected by described use of tweezers.
    Installed part, after bent tip was corrected by described use of tweezers.