Monogram 1/48 TBD-1 Devastator....Battle of Midway vet

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    #1 History Man, Jul 8, 2014
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    I just finished this kit yesterday and thought I would post it for the forum....it was a side project that took center stage for a couple of days and I ended up really enjoying it. This is an older kit...the 1970's release of Monogram's TBD-1 in 1/48 scale, had the kit for awhile and thought it was time to make it. After thinking over the options, I decided to go with a VT-6 TBD-1 off of the USS Enterprise from the Battle of Midway...they had been in combat prior to Midway and I really wanted to show a plane that had been through the thick of it.

    Started off by painting the inside Model Master Medium Green (which is actually more accurate than Interior Green) and then detailing it. After gluing the halves together, I was able to properly glue the wings in place (which proved a tad difficult since they were built to be folded)...and then prep it to paint. After finishing the various parts such as landing gear, torpedo, various additions to the cabin, engine, and tailhook assembly) I was able to paint the aircraft. Painted the aircraft Model Master Intermediate Blue and left the bottom half alone with just primer (looks very accurate to the color needed). I then applied a flat coat (mistake on my part but no consequences) and applied decals, added a coat of gloss and prepped it for weathering). I started off with a dark wash and carefully removed it and reapplied in areas with more wear and tear. After that I then went over with a drybrush of silver to show depth and heavier paint wear. I then painted the canopy free-hand, I know there is some overpaint here and there but it looks okay to me, and finished construction with the weaponry and gear.

    Hope you enjoy...this was my first shot at weathering and detailing, as well as my 1st kit in a couple of years (took a brief hiatus).

    Philip

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    Very nice weathering. I have always thought that so little has ever been said about the Devastator. One always discusses the merits of the later Dauntless. We seem to forget that these things took the full brunt of the IJN in the first year of the war in the pacific.
     
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    Thank you for the input...I really appreciate it.

    When it comes to the TBD, I would agree that it has been somewhat overshadowed by the Dauntless and Avenger as they were used more frequently and fought throughout the war. I do not think the TBD saw combat after Midway since it was replaced by the above and most were destroyed. It be nice if they could restore one to flying condition.

    Philip
     
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    Not a bad effort!
     
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    There is a TBD Devastator recovery being debated. It was found off the coast of San Diego, CA, at an approx. depth of 650 feet. Sorry if this is old news.
     
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