Revell 1/48 Ventura Mk.II
I started this around 12 September 2019. I didn’t take any “Action” shots, just plodded through the build per usual. I have to admit my MOJO was pretty low, but I managed to plug away a little each night most nights. I drilled 56 holes in one engine for wires, but putting the wires in became such a chore I stopped after two cylinders. Once the props are on the engine face it isn’t that visible but, they are conspicuous by their absence. The fit is quite good, albeit I should have taken more time with the nose. The forward fuselage is a separate piece, (two pieces) molded clear. I didn’t spend a lot of time fitting it, as it seemed to fit quite well, but after being primed I could see a bit more care would have been prudent. The model didn’t require a lot of sanding just the usual, very little filler was used as compared with the Monogram B-24’s I have been building as of late. The Real pain in the arse was the gear doors! My gosh what a fiddly bit they were! All in all, I am pleased with the way it turned out. It wears the scheme well. I free handed the camouflage with the help of penciled lines but my airbrush tip is a bit wonky and I couldn’t seem to get a fine line, next time I will use paper masks or get a new tip. I used to be able to get a pretty good line at one time. I scoped out the tip and it’s a bit tweaked from dropping. Revell offers two schemes for the model, I chose the RAF scheme representing a Ventura Mk.I from 21 Squadron based out of Methwold, England in May 1943. The other scheme offered is a RNZAF Ventura Mk.II from No. 487 Squadron, also based out of Methwold in May 1943. I don’t know what the difference is between a MK.I and a MK.II. Avieology makes a series of decals for RCAF air craft and the Revell USA release includes markings for a Canadian Ventura.
The Model isn’t finished, I need to put the antenna leads on it but wanted to get some pics off while I am thinking about it. I will update once I get ‘er done.
I used the kit decals, Tamiya XF 21 Sky for the under sides, True Color RAF Dark Green and True Color RAF Dark Earth for the Camouflage, Testors Model Master Gunmetal for the guns and Tamiya XF-69 Nato Black for the tires with a little Testors Neutral dry brushing to bring out the details. I tried my hand at oils again, but not happy with the results, I should enter the 21st century and get some of that Tamiya Panel Line Highlighting paint. “Next time he says.”
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