WIP: 6th and Final Update: Trumpeter 1/32 SBD-3 “Midway Variant”
This article is part of a series:
- Work-In-Progress: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD
- WIP 2nd Update: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD (Color Challenge Resolved)
- Update WIP 3: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant…need to resolve a decal issue.
- Update WIP 4: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant
- WIP: 5th Update for 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant
- WIP: 6th and Final Update: Trumpeter 1/32 SBD-3 “Midway Variant”
- 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3: Battle of Midway
Well this is the 6th update for my commissioned build of this SBD. It is now completely painted, weathered, and sealed with Vallejo Matte Acrylic Varnish. Started today with the model approximately 90% complete. What remained was the attachment of many already painted sub-assemblies to include landing gear, Flaps, Engine, Cowl, Prop, Tail-wheel, bomb assembly, wingtip lights, canopy sections, tail-hook, tow handle, bomb sight, and exhaust tips. In addition to this final assembly some minor detail painting and touch-up is required.
Assembly went smoothly accept for a problem with the matte varnish sealant coat. It was rubbing off where I needed to hold the model with my hand on both sides of the fuselage. I needed to airbrush the varnish on those spots once more. I did not 100% complete all the required tasks to finish her. Progress was much slower then expected. Seems as I progress I find more and more to do, and/or fix. Also the assembly of the dive flaps is very fiddly, and somewhat challenging to attach “properly”. I did not want the top wing dive breaks to me deployed but the kit is designed to only have them in the extended up position. Therefore I needed to make some simple modification to the extension hinges and brackets that attach to the top brake/flap. They simply need to be snipped off.
The last few pictures show the model in it’s almost completed state following today’s work. She should be done by end of day tomorrow. Overall, it has been a enjoyable and rewarding experience to build. It is a fairly straight-forward build but somewhat challenging only due to the high pots count and some complicated sub-assemblies. I hope you enjoy these last few build pictures. My next post will be the completed build.
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