Accurate Miniatures/Italeri SBD-5
Hope you are all doing fine. Lockdown still in effect here but that actually slowed down my builds. Been working on this one since march, the venerable Accurate Miniatures SBD, boxed by Italeri.
First off, it is great that other companies are still making these, because they are truly great kits, very detailed with great surface features. The only thing missing in this regard are the rivets, which are prominent on the SBD – so out came the riveter to add a bit of interest to the airframe.
The cockpit is very busy with detail, specially the gunner’s station. Unfortunately, almost all of it is hidden beneath the radar console shelf – flight controls, radio deck etc. Still, it is good to know it is all there.
Italeri resorted to simply replicating the assembly diagrama from AM’s original instructions and omitting the (rather extensive) text, which is certainly not enough to assure a good assembly. These kits are very detailed and there is a reason why AM’s instructions were so, well, detailed: you must obey them, trust me. If you have one of these Italeri boxings, make sure you download the original instructions and follow them to the letter, it will save you a lot of unpleasentness.
My kit had a warped lower wing that I thought would straighten out during assembly – it didn’t. There’s a noticeable different dihedral between left and right wing, but it was too late to solve, so I left it at that. Flaps were also a little warped, but easier to correct. For such delicate parts, they fitted surprisingly well. All flying surfaces are very thin and scale looking,by the way.
Various different paints were used, and it was the first time I used a “hot” type lacquer for the sea blue, a locally made paint which is a breeze to airbrush, nice stuff. Other than an oil wash, I kept the weathering light – at some point, I just wanted it finished!
And that’s that. As always, all feedback is welcome.
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