Trumpeter 1:32 Scale, Douglass SBD-5 "Dauntless"
First one for 2023...
Actually, I started this kit back in 2018, 2019, I think? Sat on the shelf for a bit while I moved onto other things.
Trumpeter has this reputation of either making really nice kits, or some real dogs. This one fits into the "Really Nice" category. I will say this, the similarities between it, and the Accurate Miniatures 1:48 scale kit, are too numerous to ignore. It is an obvious up-scaling of the 1:48 kit. I've built two AccMin SBD's and I know the kit well. For Trumpeter, it's pretty easy to produce a really nice kit, when you're already copying an acknowledged great kit. Anyhow, it is a decent kit to build, builds up very nicely, has a lot of detail (Most of which can be seen) and the fit and alignment are pretty good.
I built mine out of box for the most part. I did add resin wheels from Master Casters, because the kit comes with those silly rubber tires. I hate those things, and they never look right. I also added Infini Aero Rigging, and I scratch-built the ignition harness from fine craft wire.
Model is painted using Model Master Enamels. I have been trying to get away from enamels and lacquers because they are not as safe as acrylics to use. It just happens, I still have a bunch and I thought I'd use them up before they go bad anyway. Not a fan of the paint anyway. It covers well, but it has no shelf life once opened.
Weathering was done using a slew of techniques. I used diffusion painting, Flory washes, thinned oils, AK Weathing Pencils and pastel chalk. The later two still need to be applies, but I want all paint and glue to be completely dry before I proceed.
Decals are a combination of kit supplied and hitting the old spares box.
Markings are those of "Sniper Forty -One", which was the aircraft of LCDR James D. 'JigDog' Ramage, the CO of VB-10, flying from USS Enterprise. Ramage flew this aircraft on the afternoon strike against the retiring Japanese fleet on the 20 June, 1944, one day after the infamous "Marianas Turkey Shoot".
Onto the next project...maybe another from the Shelf of Doom?