An Old USA Navy Airplane
Thanks to the invention of the “net” I was able to get some quality “Life Magazine” photo’s of the old airplane on a carrier deck and in flight. As a kid growing up during WW-II we all bought Life Magazine’s weekly magazine as they took us through WW-II with quality photo’s and the way they reported their “photojournalism.”I did not research the real one, nor on how accurate Monogram made the kit. I was just interested in building any plane, other than Corsairs, P-40’s/P-51’s.
Alas, upon opening the kit I discovered that the modeler (me & you) had the option to build the model with the wings in “flight” configuration and/or in what I call being “tied down” on carrier deck with the wings folded.
Monogram’s kits was almost flawless when it came to flashing and fit so it went together A-OK!
I was building the model in the o.o.b. category, but I may have added some extra items.
The box art showed a different color of yellow compared to the photo’s of the real TBD’s.
After all the panel lines were scribed-in I sanded the model down using 320, to 2,000 grit wet 3M sandpaper as the model was going to have a lot of what I call “Bare Metal,”(BM) looking area’s. The bottom of the model was all BM and there in nothing like having a finished models with lots of scratch marks on it. Remember the bottom of the model “must” be as nice as the top, bar none.
I see other models on the web and the maker sand’s the tires flat, but do not cut/file in the tire treads, nor do they paint the bottom of the tire.
I was a local, regional and IPMS/USA national judge from 1984 to late 2015 and during my judging lots of times a next to perfect model went from a possible first place to maybe a 2nd and/or 3rd and sometimes out of the 3 place winning circle just because they neglected to rework a flatten tire.
My paints were by Tamiya with a mix ratio of 4 parts “Denature Alcohol” to one part paint and sprayed @ 15/20psi in my clean Badger-200 airbrush using the medium and fine needle’s.
I guess it’s time for me to start showing more of my “armor” and “automobile” models with some toss-in “Airliner’s!”
Have fun building your model.
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