1/48 scale TBM-3 Avenger
Accurate Miniature’s went all out on this kit by making a whole bunch of parts that fit very nicely. I went step by step putting each section of parts together, like the top turret, lower gun emplacement, radio area and of course the cockpit. I used my regular white cloth ribbon for my belts along with Waldron’s P.E. parts. The white ribbon was bought at a local crafts center in San Jose, CA back in the mid 1980’s. The ribbon came in different colors.
The bomb bay area was neatly made, including the big torpedo. There was no problem getting the torpedo to fit properly and I glued it in before the door’s were installed. To see all of this you really have to place this Avenger on a 12 inch x 12 inch mirror.
The paint was by Tamiya, and mixed with 4 equal parts of “Denatured Alcohol” (DA) to one part paint and sprayed @ 15-20 psi in my Badger-200 airbrush that I have used since 1981.
When I change color’s I spray some clean DA thought the gun and also “back-flush” it a couple of times. I spray a quick test of the new color to make sure that none of the previous color is left in the airbrush.
Remember::: “It’s not what color that’s on the model…It’s how well it was applied.”
I became an IPMS/USA judge in October, 1984 and judged at several dozen contest until I retired in 2016. On many occasions the paint helped the model get into the winner’s circle, and took it away as well.
Like all my other models, this TBM-3 has been kept in one of my dust free plastic boxes and when I lifted the lid the other day, the model still looks like the photo’s I took way back in 2008.
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