1:32 Scale Trumpeter, Grumman TBF-1C, “Avenger”
This is one of those kits that, after you build it, the thought of, "What the hell am I gonna do with this?" It's a big model. I have to say though, even though Trumpeter has a reputation for fit issues, that this kit is NOT one of them. I actually think it's the best model I have ever had the pleasure to build.
The kit was a really good build, everything fit where it was supposed to fit. Detail was pretty good as well and, although there are aftermarket detail sets available, I wanted to keep it as close to OOB as possible...which also went by the wayside...
Again, I found fit to be pretty good everywhere.
One issue I had with the kit was the rubber tires on the wheels. I replaced those with resin aftermarket wheels by Contact Resin. The I thought they looked bare without all the many brake lines, so I had to add them too. Then there was the ignition harness I had to add.
The wing MG barrels protrude from the wing's leading edge and they need to be trimmed back to be flush.
I painted the model using Model Master Enamels in the mid war US Navy scheme of Dark Sea Blue, over Intermediate Blue over Insignia White.
Weathering was thinned oils and pastel chalk and I used the decals from the kit.
Antenna was stretched sprue.
Even though it's a big kit, it is really, REALLY a well designed and engineered model kit.
Now, it's on the the "-3"...
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