With all of the excitement this week about the Lexington find, I was inspired to dig into my deep storage facility in search of the blue/gray VT-8 TBD you see here. I ‘ve built five of these kits since they came out in 1974. The blue one is number four and dates back to 1981, just before I got my first airbrush. I brush painted it with Humbrol enamels, used Microscale decals, and blasted it with Testors Dullcote straight from a can.
The yellow winged VT-6 TBD is the fifth and last one I built. It dates from 2011 and was actually one of the first planes I posted here on imodeler in 2012. I only posted one poor photo and thought a few better pics would help anyone building this kit. I painted it completely with Tamiya spray cans, except for the green forward part of the cowling. That is airbrushed Modelmaster Willow Green. The Tamiya colors are spot on for yellow wings schemes and they dry fast and hard being lacquers. The decals are from Yellowwings.
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