Academy 1/72 Grumman TBF-1 (TBM-3 ???) Avenger

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  1. Profa

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    This one has so many construction mistakes I don't want to bother counting them - I suggest reading Squadron's Detail Scale 53 where all are described in detail. All in all the box says "TBF-1", while decals given are for TBM-3 of VT-84 from USS Bunker Hill, 1945.
    This one I've built almost OOB, while once I'll get a proper one...

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    Assembly was pretty straightforward although I had to cope with both cockpits, dorsal turret, ventral gun and tail gear at the same time... Fuselage and wings went together nicely, and I needed just a little Mr. Surfacer to get everything perfect.
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    Since I work with paintbrush only, I had to paint some 5 layers of white (Humbrol 34), 2 layers of intermediate blue (Hu144) and 3 layers of navy blue (Hu77)...
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    Afterwards I have thrown out back seat and put radio-equipment, as it was from TBF-1C onward... This was followed by Model Master's Gloss Cote, as a preparation for decals and wash. Academy's decals (at least these 12 years old) were true horror so I used much of solvent setting solutions to make them proper...
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    Then went acryllic dark grey pin-wash. And this is when the catastrophe struck - something happened to my semi-gloss cote, and this was the result:
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    I fixed this by water-sanding (using 1600-grit sanding paper), which was followed by another navy blue painting session... Everything seemed OK, so I went again with wash...
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    Instead of using kit's oval windows (made for British Tarpoon, actually) I've created my own with Bison's epoxy:
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    Final assembly was followed with a semi-gloss cote over wings and horizontal stabilisers and silver drybrush over mostly exposed and used areas. You can see the final result in the beginning of my post :lol:
    Antenna is the only thing left, but it'll wait until I finish my other project...
     
  2. Wurger

    Wurger Siggy Master
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    Excellent job Profa.:D :thumbleft: I can see you have the same problems with Academy 1/72 scale kits like me.Some of their models are simply a plasctic scrap.However if sombody wants.....it is possible to make an interesting model. :D
     
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    nice profa! How did you paint all of those layers and not lose panel detail?I'm still painting my models with a brush and would really like to know how you did that.
     
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    Wow nice work mate. I find Humbrol Matt white terrible to use.

    Overall its a nice piece of work, I completed that one a while ago but no where near as good :)


    Keep em coming!
     
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    profa, don't be too hard on yourself, mate, thats a damn fine effort, man!:D
     
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    Looks great.I find that I enjoy working on a model like this more than a really good one.There is more satisfaction when finished.
    Ed
     
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