1/48 TBM Avenger - Pacific Theatre of Operations II

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  1. chris brown

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    #1 chris brown, Mar 23, 2014
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    Username: Chris Brown
    First name: Chris
    Category: Intermediate
    Scale: 1/48
    Manufacturer: Accurate Miniatures
    Model Type: TBF-1C Truk Lagoon Boxing
    Aftermarket Addons: Eduard PE zoom set, Eduard flaps, Quickboost exhaust, True Details wheels and Techmod decals.

    I hope there is room for me and my Avenger in this group build. This is my first post on this forum but I have been lurking here for a little while checking out all the great builds. I will be building an Avenger flown by Lt(jg) Rothwell of VC-76 flown off of the USS Petrof Bay (CVE 80) in 1945. It has a small drawing of Betty Boop on the nose and the plane was named Blopsy.

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    Welcome to the site. And Good Luck with the assembling of course. :)
     
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    Welcome Chris. I just purchased the -3 version and Lucky13 is building the -3 in this GB. Will be following this one.

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    Very cool, welcome aboard Chris and looking forward to your build.
     
  5. chris brown

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    Thanks guys. I had the pleasure of building this kit a couple of years ago when I first got back into modeling after a 20 year hiatus. Unfortunately that build did not survive a move so I am happy to be building this kit again for this group build. Back then I had never heard of Accurate Miniatures and knew nothing of this great kit. I just picked it up by chance at my LHS and fell in love with it. Its a shame they aren't still around producing amazing kits. At least most of their catalog is still available in one form or another from other manufacturers.

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    I have a love/hate relationship with the instructions. They give you lots of information and helpful tips to build the kit but the drawings of the individual steps are a little vague in places. Thankfully there are several great builds online here to look at to help me along.

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    I have never used Techmod decals before so if any of you guys have any useful information about them you can pass along that would be great.
    And I have only found one picture of "Blopsy" so if there are any more pics at there that can be shared that would be great as well.
     
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    #6 chris brown, Mar 23, 2014
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    Thanks for the replies guys!
    I started this build a couple of weeks ago when this GB first started. It seems like I have been a little cursed with it since then. Soon after starting it I sliced my hand with a utility knife while working on my front door. This gave me 10 stitches and a 2 week break from modeling.:cry: Then I went skiing on vacation and promptly got a mild concussion when I got tangled up with one of my friends on the slopes.:confused: Hopefully things will go smoother from here on out. I am going to do a couple of posts to catch things up to where I am now on the build.

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    The kit has a lot of great detail right out of the box but I always love adding extra PE when I can.

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    The IP is molded in clear plastic so you can somehow stick a decal on the back side of it and see the instruments through it but I'm not sure how this is suppose to work in reality. I scraped off most of the molded on details to make room for the pre-painted PE from Eduard. I also cut off the rudder pedals which will be replaced by PE as well.

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    This is how the IP looks now. And here is what the PE rudder pedals look like.

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    I added a strengthening plate to the seat from plastic card (I think that's what that angled plate is) and some PE details as well. I had some black paint in my airbrush so I shot some pre-shading on the seat as well.

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    Here it is with some Interior Green paint on it.

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    And with a little weathering added as well.

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    I still need to add an oil wash for the recesses and add the PE seat belts.
     
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    Good start Chris. Don't be afraid to ask questions here, somebody is an expert on something.

    Geo
     
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    Great work so far and welcome to the forum. Very glad you jumped in with this nice build. I built this very kit last year for GB#15 and you'll need to be careful when you get to the turret installation as the instructions will mess you up.
     
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    Welcome aboard Chris, good choice mate.

    Beware....things happen in Threes....I only count 2 so far...:D
     
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    Thanks guys, Andy I have your build from GB 15 bookmarked to help me along with my mine. I have a love/hate relationship with the Acc. Min. instructions. They give you lots of information and tips to help with your build, but the diagrams can be vague at times.
     
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    Welcome to the site and very nice start on your avenger build. Looking forward to seeing your progess.

    Dave.
     
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    I added some details to the bomb bay with wire and fine solder.

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    Next I sprayed interior green everywhere. This will be a Eastern built avenger so I wont have to worry about mixing up any bronze green.

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    Next I mixed up a lighter shade of IG and added some highlights. This is how everything looks right now. I still have more detail painting to do and a coat of future and oil wash before I can close everything up.

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    Very nice Chris. Wasn't aware of the interior color difference between the manufacturers.

    Geo
     
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    Good work so far!
     
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    Nice work so far, and welcome to the forum. What ce ... er, room are you in?
     
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    Very nice, I love the seat.
     
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    G'day Chris, nice to have you join us and what a great start. Good also to see that lovely selection of extras lined up for this build.
     
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    Indeed, excellent work, IMHO you are well above Intermediate in your skill level
     
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    Some nice work there Chris.
     
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    good good job....
     
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