Accurate Miniatures 1/48th TBM-3 Avenger
Despite having built two of these in the past, that ball turret still gave me fits during assembly. BUT… thank goodness for pre-cut masks (it’s almost a must-have on this kit). This is the first one where I opened the bomb bay – actually I found it easier to display in this fashion than closin’ ’em up. Go figure. I didn’t have any GSB, so I tried using “Blue Angel” blue on a scrap piece. It didn’t look all that bad, so I went ahead and sprayed the whole thing (almost) with a rattle can. Except for the masks and a piece of EZ line antenna, it’s entirely OOB. Weathering with Doc O’Brian’s powders.
Now I wish I had another AM Dauntless. Don’t remember what happened to the one I did have. I think that would pretty much round out my WWII naval aviation fleet.
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