1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBF/M Avenger

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  1. Maglar

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    Ahoy mates, today I bring you the start of this build. I was contemplating on joining Gb #22 late, but decided on this instead. I have not been modeling much due to college but have found the summer courses to give me more free time than I anticipated so here we are. I hope all of you have been well and I look forward to documenting this build.

    Pics - General pictures of the cockpit assembly. There is currently a gloss cote on for the oil work I am doing so expect more revealing pictures when I reach that stage. This is my first build from this manufacturer and I love the detail and instructions along with the pre-cut masks (I've never had the pleasure of using them before).

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    Looking forward to this mate.... :thumbright:
     
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    Me too, and nice start!
     
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    Looking forward to the build mate! :thumbright:
     
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    With all here. :)
     
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    Nice work so far!
     
  7. Maglar

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    Thank you all. Here are some more to finish off the day.

    For the weathering I used random brown / white dots of oil paint that were mixed together with tons of thinner. I then used a hair dryer to evaporate the thinner and then played around with a q-tip to remove excess and display what I wanted. After that I dry brushed higher surfaces with yellow for a subtle highlight. I do not like using black for washes because it looks out of place. There was some silver dry brushing used for details and rivets.
     

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    Man, that interior is going to look sharp!
     
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    Good work so far. Check with us before you install the turret though.
     
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    Got the fuselages halves together and next step will be seam filling. Got a busy week ahead so I don't figure much will be going on but i'll be plugging away when possible.

    I applaud accurate miniatures on putting the window framing slots on the outside so the windows can be installed last. No worries for masking or CA or falling out. :)
     

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    I wish others would do that. The PBY I'm doing now has 7 fuselage windows installed very early and there's no way to fix them if they move. Your build is coming along nicely.

    Geo
     
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    Looking good.
     
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    Got the engine painted up and the cowlings together. Engine got a light silver drybrush. Next will probably be some more gluing of major pieces to fuselage and then gap filling. Heading out of town this weekend for the 4th, so progress should stall for now.

    I can't wait to start hitting the bigger parts of this build as the cockpit was slow as usual but now it's taking shape!
     

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    Wow that's lookin' good mate!
     
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    Wok, Wayne, Andy, thank you! I hope the engine distracted you from the screaming glued fingerprint on the cowl (which was politely and immediately handled by the sand paper department). :):lol:
     
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