Trumpeter 1/32 TBF-1c Avenger Commonwealth Build-RNZAF

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  1. LDSModeller

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    #1 LDSModeller, Nov 14, 2010
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    User Name: LDSModeller.
    Name: Alan
    Catagory 2 Intermediate.
    Model: Grumman TBF 1c Avenger in RNZAF Markings
    Scale: 1:32
    Manufacturer: Trumpeter
    Extras/After Market: Montex masks, may change landing gear with 1:32 G-Factor TBM TBF Avenger Landing Gear, some scratch building.

    This kit is going to be built mostly OOB. The Trumpeter kit has styrene and PE frets
    inclusive. It's a large kit and lots of parts!!!

    Little preamble to my build.

    WWII RNZAF aircraft in the Pacific theatre were "owned" by Servicing Units (SU"s)
    as opposed to Squadrons. The SU's "loaned" their aircraft to the squadrons
    who flew them.

    This TBF will wear the markings of 30 Servicing Unit and flown by RNZAF No. 30
    Squadron. After 30 Squadron completed their tour, No.31 Squadron then flew them.

    September 1943 6 TBF-1's were delivered to Hobsonville Auckland, where they were assembled
    and flown to Gisborne. These 6 aircraft were for training purposes only and never left New Zealand.

    Between Oct 1943 and Feb 1944, 42 TBF-1c's were delivered and these were to go to
    war against the Japanese Empire

    RNZAF TBF-1c's though equiped to, never launched any torpedoes, though initiallly
    aircrew were trained by the USN for this purpose. They instead became very good
    at aerial bombing, Rabaul being a chief target. I might add also that RNZAF TBF-1c's
    were also involved in the destruction of Japanese Vegetable gardens by spraying
    them with diesel and igniting them with incendiary devices/gun fire. These
    were adorned with watering cans for missions flown

    The TBF-1c were delivered in standard USN 4 tone colours and the only change was
    the addition of RNZAF markings

    Upon arrival at Gisborne (East Coast of North Island) many of the crews were eager to
    adorn their mounts with art and the art work on my TBF will be Dumbo the Elephant
    http://rnzaf.hobbyvista.com/images
    /tbf_na2.jpg


    Aircraft serial number is NZ2520 Flown by Pilot Officer Gerry Burton

    An important note here is that during the RNZAF's involvement in the PTO it was
    attached to the USN and shared life with USN/MAG squadrons.

    Some photos
    Kit
    [​IMG]

    Montex masks
    [​IMG]

    My reference material includes this book written by Wally Ingham who was
    part of 30 SU's ground crew maintaining the TBF's
    [​IMG]

    Some model shots soon

    Thanks for looking

    Alan
     
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    Ok then...waiting to see more!:D
     
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    Great intro to your first Group Build, and a very interesting kit and subject. Looking forward to it!

    Cheers

    Peter
     
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    Looking forward to this one mate!
     
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    Great stuff, and this is going to be a big b*gg*r !
     
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    Very cool Alan, looking forward to it.
     
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    nice to have you join in Alan
     
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    I'll second that.
     
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    Great choice Alan. Looking forward to more pics.
     
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    Now here's one that lends itself to some serious detail.... good-on-yah
     
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    What an interesting looking kit, looking forward to watching you on this one Alan and welcome to the GB
     
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    Interesting and unusual choice! I like the Dumbo nose art.
     
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    Bumber... I can only see boxes with red "X's" :(
     
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    Great stuff Alan! Looking forward to this build!
     
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    Hi Gents

    Thanks for the welcome to the GB and comments:)

    A little update

    This is a an RNZAF TBF under restoration at MOTAT
    (Museum of Transport and Technology) here in Auckland

    [​IMG]

    This is the Kits Wright R 2600 Engine sans ignition harness and
    wiring etc

    [​IMG]

    This is the real thing removed from the MOTAT TBF
    for restoration (Photo used with kind permission of Richard Wesley
    fellow forumite on RNZAF Proboards here in NZ)
    [​IMG]

    This link shows the ignotion harness etc
    File:Wright R-2600 1.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In the full size aircraft the engine bearers and engine
    were attached/through to a "Dishpan" as per following photo
    [​IMG]

    Trumpeter in their wisdom manufactured this piece to attach
    the engine and bearers - Why I don't know?
    [​IMG]

    I have carved out of balsa a form, to vacform a new piece to replace
    the kit item (this will be my first vacforming, so wish me luck!!)
    [​IMG]

    The following photos show (hopefully) what it will look
    like once the new "Dishpan" is made and items joined
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    More soon 8)

    Regards

    Alan
     
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    Nice one Alan, the engine's looking great
     
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    Great fix on the firewall, can't wait to see how it comes out.
     
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    Looking good so far.
     
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    Nice work Alan.

    (Is that a Sunderland float by the engine in the pic, btw?)
     
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    Hi Evan

    Yes it is a Sunderland float, I believe it
    is from NZ4112 which was used
    by the Hobsonville Yacht club until
    it's demise in the early 1970's

    See link
    Wings Over New Zealand - hobsonville 'rotten row'

    NZ4115 still has all her parts -thankfully
    The only other survivor of the RNZAF fleet is
    Kermt Weeks Sandringham, which was formerly
    NZ4108 as in this link after being sold to Australia

    Aircraft NZ4108 (1944 Short S.25 C/N ex ML814) Photo by Peter Lewis (Photo ID: AC116666)

    Regards

    Alan
     
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