Sword TBM-3R Avenger COD

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  • Robert Royes said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    This is a Carrier onboard delivery aircraft, they were used to bring people, parts , mail and such out to the aircraft carriers.This will be the first Avenger that I ever built and the second Sword kit, wish me luck.

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  • Allan J Withers said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    Nice one Robert, good luck !!

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    Great choice Robert, not many know that some form of the Avenger did operate in the Korean War albeit as a COD. Didn’t know one was available in any scale of the Avenger in this really rare variant. Love it.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    Nice choice Robert @roofrat!
    Good luck on this, though with your skills you will not need it!
    Got myself the “classic” (sic) Airfix one to build: yours looks miles ahead, though “limited runish”. I am tempted to build, so, after your inspiration, who knows?
    Also got the…….1/32 monstrous Trumpeter one, which is big and bold, but the sheer size of the box scares me!!!!

  • Erik Gjørup said 4 months, 1 week ago:

    That’ll be a new version to me. Strapped in and looking forward to the ride Robert (@roofrat).

  • Robert Royes said 4 months ago:

    Got started on the COD, There really isn’t too much to this kit, the hard part is going to be getting the fuselage half’s together, there being no locating pins.

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  • Louis Gardner said 4 months ago:

    Robert @roofrat
    This is an excellent choice and a welcome addition to our ever growing Korean War group build. I have some good reference photos of various Avengers, and should you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. If I can help you in any way please let me know.

    I’ll be watching this one for sure. I have never built a Sword kit, so I don’t know what you can expect. Hopefully it will not be too bad…………… I like what you have done so far. It looks good !!!

    My Dad told me a few stories about how these, (and occasionally a Skyraider) could be used to carry up to 7 or 8 people out at one time…

  • Doug Humphrey said 4 months ago:

    Not sure if these pics would help out or not….But there was a similar Avenger that I saw in a museum in Liberal, KS…

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  • Robert Royes said 4 months ago:

    Thanks Louis, I’ve done one other Sword kit a F9F-8Twoger, there tend to be fit problems. Hope fully it won’t be to bad with this one. @lgardner.
    Doug, excellent photos thanks! @eydugstr

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 4 months ago:

    Nice progress, Robert @roofrat!
    Hope the fuselage will come together!

  • Robert Royes said 3 months, 4 weeks ago:

    Some progress of late, got the fuselage together, had to glue one area at a time, because of bad fit and lack of locating pins. Ready for prime and paint.

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  • Spiros Pendedekas said 3 months, 4 weeks ago:

    Ahhh, the beauty of putting together a Sword kit!
    Looks great so far, Robert @roofrat!

  • Allan J Withers said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Going well Robert, a bit late with this but for future reference my solution is some tabs on one half !!

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  • George R Blair Jr said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Looking forward to this build, Robert (@roofrat). I think these later Avengers look really cool. Like Allan, I also add small plastic tabs to the fuselage, and sometimes the wings, to keep everything in line. Works great as long as the plastic on both sides of the fuselage is the same thickness.

  • Robert Royes said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Primed and paint.

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