Torp in the water! Another Monogram Classic done
well here she is my 1974 issue Monogram TBD-1. I painter her as a bomber from the USS Yorktown at the Battle of the Coral Sea. Scratchbuilt seats and interior details, Eduard seat belts. One of the interesting things I discovered while building this bird is the Mk 13 Torpedoes had wooden boxes fitted to them for better performance, they broke away upon entering the water. Tailspin Topics blog has some great info on this. Also the golden color of the torpedo was not a brass body, but most likely cosmoline a preservative for the bare metal body portion. One site said it was for smoother performance in the water, but that is almost assuredly not what it was for. I replicated it by airbrusing a thin layer of Tamiya clear yellow with a touch of clear red in it, then slopped a bit on the nose with a brush. The Techmod decals worked well, but there was a touch of silvering despite a coat of future before applying. The paint is all Tamiya, and in person the blue is not nearly so blue!
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