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Jordyn Collier
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Accurate Miniatures 1/48 TBM Avenger

February 25, 2021 · in Aviation · · 54 · 2.6K

This was one of the absolute best model kits I've ever had the pleasure to put together, all thanks to Jay Mitchell. He sent me this model a while back in an effort to clean out his stash, and I took every opportunity to try new things. And with the airbrush I got as a very late Christmas gift from my mom a few weeks back, I began upon the journey of painting this plane.

I started with spraying the main colors, of which I used a very light grey and a dark grey acrylic paint, and then put the clear coat on. Next, I put the decals on, and made a matte coat on top of those, sealing them in. I then began on my first ever oil wash and weathering. I put it in all the gaps, nooks, crannies, and the like, and left it to dry for a bit before coming back and wiping it off, or streaking it. This left all of the paint work waaaaay too dark. So I did some quick post shading, a new technique that was now available to me with the airbrush, and lightened it up a bit, and put a final clear coat of matte on. This left the plane where it sits now. Done, dusted, and dirty. I like it.

The Avenger entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. And, despite the loss of five of the six Avengers on its combat debut, it survived its service to become the most widely-used and effective torpedo bomber of World War II, with partial credit for sinking the super-battleships Yamato and Musashi (the only ships of that type sunk exclusively by American aircraft while under way) and being credited for sinking 30 submarines.

This was the single most fun project I've ever worked on. I learned soooooo much doing it, and I hope to post more stuff soon with these new techniques. But that's all for now. Thank you for reading, and goodbye!

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  1. Nice work Jordyn! I see contest winners in your near future...!

  2. Nice job, Jordyn. I like the panel line accenting.

  3. That Avenger looks great ! You did an excellent job!

  4. You have been having fun with the learning curve Jordyn @1corsair64! Looking great!

  5. I'm new to the site but have been lurking here forever, and have been a witness to your modeling journey. WOW. This one blows me away. I've made attempts at airbrushing a few times and I just don't like it, the feelings are mutual, it doesn't like me either and here you are your first try at it and you're a master. Unlike me you enjoy it, that's huge.

    Maybe being young helps, youth meaning more open to new things and ideas.

    I hadda double-check the name on this post! Not that I didn't love your earlier works but this is like night & day. You're a natural, Kiddo.

    • I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasnt dreaming when I got it done. In all honesty though, this model was the test bed for some stuff.

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    • I feel extremely happy with myself. I'm just... I dont know. I feel like I've actually accomplished some major progress with this one. Of course, I'll always be open to improvements, and maybe you're right about being young helping lol. And night and day is 100% what I'd agree with. I take no offense to what you said at the end there. Thanks for replying.

  6. Super-dooper on a great AM kit. All good.
    How much do we miss those very fine Accurate Miniature kits?

  7. An absolute winner, Jordyn. @1corsair64
    Wondering why I can not achieve this quality with airbrush myself.
    Really great weathering.
    Which airbrush did you get from your mom?

    • It wasnt too hard to do what I did with this. I guess I've just seen so many videos on YouTube, watching people like Plasmo, The Model Guy, and Nighshift, that the skills kind if developed without the tools. Not sure.

      Anyway, heres the air brush-

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      • Skills you kinda developed without the tools, that's what I meant about being young, I could watch those videos all day and it would go into one old ear and out the other. I'm really impressed with you, can you tell? I'm in awe, you give me hope for the future. The hobby is alive and well, and it's in good hands.

  8. Hard to believe how fast you have improved your modelling skills Jordyn. Well done indeed, this is a fantastic Avenger, I like the paint and weathering very much indeed. Thumbs up!

    • It just switched once I got the airbrush. Not necessarily fast improvement, just putting into action hours of videos I've seen, and utilizing that resource. But I agree, it was fast! Thank you!

  9. Looks great. Love the paint scheme and weathering.

  10. Without a doubt, @1corsair64, this is your best work to date. Most people don't come close to what you did here the first time out with an airbrush (I include myself high on that list). The work on masking the Avenger turret is a huge PITA and you've done it perfectly (hopefully with pre-cut masks so you didn't drive yourself to premature drinking).

    "Liked" (a lot!)

    • Pre cut masks? Nah. I'm a rebell, and painted them by hand! What was a PITA, though, was getting the turret IN the plane when the fuselage was closed up. Thank you for your kind words, Tom. Glad you liked it!

  11. Kudos Jordyn, this is excellent work. Great job with persisting even after the oil wash darkening. Keep in mind with oil washes over acrylic, that generally a matte surface is courser, and will "retain" the oil more.. a durable gloss finish before oil wash will help to keep the varnish from adopting the oil color. You can work this to your advantage (a grimy job), but I most of all like how you adapted the post shading to it. It gives a very complex and satisfying finish. I do this often, so I can share the sentiment.

    Superb work!

    • Ah, I see what I did wrong with the varnish. Alright, gotta get ahold of some gloss. It was spur of the moment with the post shading, as I was initially happy with it when I had just done the one wing as seen here, but once I got to the underbelly, I knew I'd have to do SOMETHING. Thank you so much for commenting!

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      • Jordyn, @1corsair64, I wouldn't say you were wrong, as there is purpose for both techniques.. This is a pretty good pictorial showing the effects and how you might want to wash over matte or gloss given the subject matter:

        Also remember that if you are using oil washes with artist oils, there is an vast supply of different colors (more than black and umber) if you ever want to get really bold with oil washing over matte! 😉

  12. That’s really outstanding, Jordyn. Keep up the good work.

  13. Great job on this one Jordyn, as that old commercial stated, You've come a long way baby. Nicely done.

  14. What they said. Fantastic job !

  15. Very nice job especially for a first . Well done.

  16. You should be really proud of this build and paintwork.

  17. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    This is one of my favorite aircraft of WW2, and you made it proud.
    Very glad to see this one and to contemplate it and your good work.
    Thank you for sharing these images Jordyn, nice show.

  18. This is an amazing result, my friend @1corsair64!
    You've mastered the airbrush from your first attempt: painting and postshading! Great!
    But, also, the rest of your build is superb.
    This is a great Avenger!

  19. Fabulous work, Jordyn, I love it, definitely liked.

  20. Jordyn, @1corsair64
    You have come a long way since your first postings here on Imodeler. Your mom picked out the best Christmas gift for you. The Avenger you posted here looks very good. I would say that for your first time using the air brush, you seem to have mastered it already.

    I like everything about this build. I never built anything that looked this good when I was your age. Keep it up my friend !

    I also pressed the liked button.

    • I owe a lot of thanks to the people on this site. You have ALL been major factors in what has kept me sane and going these last few years. I'm glad I could finally produce something good enough to say thank you all. And I dont feel it's about age, just what you've seen. I know 40 year olds who have never left Arizona (except for Cali), but I've been everywhere from Europe to Hawaii. I just got exposed to YouTube young, and those numerous build videos taught me quite alot. Thanks for stopping by, Louis!

  21. You can take great credit from this one Jordyn - super work!
    I also like the look of that Macchi - I have a feeling it could come out very well.
    It doesn't matter how old you are I find you learn something new with every kit that you do.
    Looking forward to the next one Jordyn.
    Best wishes

  22. I wish I had your skills when I was your age. I still hadn't mastered measure twice/cut once.

    Congrats on an excellent build,

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