1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBF-1C with KMC wingfold
This kit had sat for about 5 years- possibly more, simply because I was intimidated by the KMC wingfold! The fuselage and wings were painted, and decalled, but I never took the kit to the completion phase of canopy, gear and weapons because I could not figure out how to get the angle of the wings right- the KMC set’s most major challenge is lack of direction/diagrams to help the modeller set the angle of the wings or detail the exposed fold/hinge area.
The Accurate Minatures kit is, well, Accurate Miniatures- excellent detail and fine molding, beautiful fit. I used the Truk Lagoon boxing of the TBF-1C kit. If you have an original boxing of the AM kit, FOLLOW the instructions! I say it this way, because we modellers will miss important info along the way of the build if we don’t read through each step.
As for the KMC wingfold set- it is impressive but as said earlier, instruction is lacking. I am a bit preoccupied these days, but plan to set something up and post it online so that other modellers can make use of it. In the attempts to fit the wings, I ended up trimming too much material from the wing stubs- luckily, I did not go too far before I started really combing the internet for good pictures of Avengers with folded wings. Fortunately, the missing material is not too noticeable unless you are looking for it. I even found pictures of the hatches on the wing tips that held tie back cables that attach to eyelets on the tailplanes on the real aircraft. I know my “cables” are oversized, but I plan to replace them with string to simulate cable eventually. I had to use that wire to secure the angle of the fold. I now have a strategy for my future wing fold assemblies that will enable me to set the fold, and then ad the cable instead of relying on a piece of overly thick wire to secure the wing for gluing.
Additionally, the details in the actual hinge area need to be corrected/added- see my detail shots of the fold hinge I used fine wire and some wire the same diameter as the “tie backs” I made to simulate the bracing mechanism of the actual aircraft.
I wish I had taken some time for weathering- but was so overjoyed to have all the parts on the kit and be able to consider it finished, that I had to get it on the shelf first!
I hope to produce my instructions guide over Christmas break ( I am a teacher) and should have time to weather and adjust those tie backs.
For now I hope the side views and overhead/rear/front views in this article can be of service to someone stalled on their KMC wingfold!
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