Grumman TBM-3 Avenger Accurate Miniatures 1/48 scale
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The Grumman Avenger needs no presentation, being one of the most famous protagonists of the Pacific War. But until the 90’s, there was in 1/48 scale only an old Monogram toy-style model, until Accurate Miniatures released a “state-of-the-art” mold, which is still one of the best kits ever done. Now the mold is also released by Italeri, at lower price, and it’s very recommendable to all modelers.
The Accurate Avenger was released in two versions, the TBF-1C and the TBM-3, which is the subject I chose. The box contains markings for a “Tokyo raider” with the three-tone scheme of middle war, but I decided to make a late “all Blue” Marines subject.
The cockpit is gorgeous, needs only the seat belts made of masking tape. Just like many modern kits, it’s amazing how all this stuff closes correctly during the fuselage construction. There is a technique for installing the turret, which is well explained on the Accurate site. The cockpit color is Interior Green (Humbrol 158) and semi gloss Black for the instrument panel and consolles, with Tan headrest. A drybrushing with Light Grey highlighted the details.
The fuselage joint requires a little amount of putty and sanding, while the wing fit is very good. I added also the bombs to their bays.
The engine is very well done, and I painted Engine Gray FS. 36118 (Gunze H305), the crankcase and Gloss Black, the cylinders.
Building this kit was straightforward and pleasant, so, I decided to concentrate about the weathering effect on the Sea Blue scheme.
But before the Blue, I gave a coat of Zinc Cromate Green FS 33481 (Humbrol 81), and used some wet salt to cover these areas which could be seen under the scraps on the surface. After the salt was dry, I airbrushed the paint for the color scheme. At last I peeled off the salt with 600 sandpaper, obtaining a good weathering effect. To add more weathering, I used brown oil paint and chalks of various colors.
The strips in White and Yellow were painted with a mask, while other insignia were from the Accurate sheet and spare decals.
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