1/48 Tarpon (Revell Avenger)
I said I would next built an American plane in British markings, here it is, a Tarpon, from the ancient 1/48 scale Revell TBF Avenger kit.
This kit is sooo old…it has a 1958 copyright mark, that,s even older than my copyright mark, but not by much!
The kit is made to have moving everything but somewhere along the line they took out of the instructions the part about the folding wings and just left a picture with two arrows indicating “stick wings on the sides, here”. They even include the wing hing parts in the kit and list them in the parts list, but never say where they go. Thats OK, I like it looking ready to fly. Only problem is, the wings don’t fit well at all…
But the turret moves, the rear gun elevates, bomb bay (wrong shape) doors open, the tailhook and tail wheel retract – I didn’t try to make the main gear retract but I think they are supposed to.
Interior detail is none to speak of. I usually don’t do pilots a crewmen, but when they are practically the only interior parts, I do them.
There was so much ‘flash’ I had to wear sunglasses building this and enough sink marks, if combined the completed model could have ditched in it. Good thing the crew has their life vests..
The decals are left overs from other kits and it was brush painted with a bit of weathering added mainly to compensate for the poor fit and ugly seams.
Oh, but the propeller spins very well! I like that….
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