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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 1 week ago #91

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Good to catch up on this, really impressive.
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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 1 week ago #92

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An hour or so of work on the starboard wing last night. The upper and lower sections are ready to be joined now. Will try to dip the canopy sections in Gauzy tonight so they can be masked this weekend. Getting to a stage where I think it will come together quite quickly. I can't wait to get some paint on this thing. I intend to mask up the fuselage insignia before I join the wings to the fuselage. Should make it a lot easier to get them in the correct position.

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Managed a couple of decent sessions over the weekend.

I won't be using that AK Gauzy stuff on any clear parts that require vinyl masks. ****! The masks damaged the coating on a couple more clear pieces over the weekend. I will have to test it with regular masking tape before I commit it to anything else other than the bin :ohmy:















Clear parts dipped in Alclad Aqua Gloss


Alclad Aqua Gloss gives great results

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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 1 week ago #94

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It all depends on the mask, it does pull off of vinyl masks and occasionally tape masks but for the most part it's ok with them. It does give a very nice finish but masks can be a bit hit and miss.

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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 2 days ago #95

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No bench time for a few days, then a couple of decent sessions over the weekend.

After my niece's 6th birthday party, I went home and masked up the canopy sections, inside and out. The Montex masks make it a breeze.

Rough test fit.


Primed and the interiors airbrushed with interior green.


Only primed the interior of the front section to make attaching, filling and clean up easier. Wasn't much filler needed, just a small amount of dissolved putty which was later cleaned up with a cotton bud moistened in lacq thinner.



The vents are supplied in the kit, but just solid tubes, so I drilled holes for brass pipe that I will attach at the end after all the paint work is done.


I also masked off the ball turret, door opening etc and assembled the bombay doors with their etch details. Not far away from getting into the painting of this bird.
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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 1 day ago #96

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There's a hell of a lot going on in this kit, and you're not only making solid progress KM, but doing a fine job executing the good stuff on offer. :)
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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 1 day ago #97

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Fitted the mid canopy section. It's not the greatest fit because the bulkhead seems to be a micro mm too tall, but the alignment along the top of the canopy looked good, so on went the glue. Was going to fill the gaps along the bottom, but after test fitting the forward sliding sections, it's apparent that the sills will cover this gap.



Glued the front cowling on. Was a bit of work to get the alignment correct.



The only thing stopping me from applying the primer before work this morning was the front end needing to be masked off. It's going to be all go this evening though.
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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 23 hours ago #98

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the Montex masks would be a godsend on a kit like that! So much saved frustration!
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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 1 hour ago #99

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Nosferatu wrote: the Montex masks would be a godsend on a kit like that! So much saved frustration!


They certainly are!

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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 7 months 1 hour ago #100

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Masking completed last night and fuselage primed with Tamiya fine grey primer from the rattle can before work this morning.



Very little tidy up is required and she's looking fantastic! The primer has knocked back the rivet detail a little, which is a good thing if you know Trumpeter's OTT rivets.
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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 6 months 4 weeks ago #101

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Wow, the Avenger is looking great!
I'm really looking forward to seeing some colour on her.
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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 6 months 3 weeks ago #102

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Last night I started painting. I applied the white to the areas on the fuselage and wings where the roundels will be and the fin flashes on the tail.

Today I have been masking and airbrushing the fuselage roundels. I'll let the pictures do the talking...



















Before I begin the camo, I just have to apply the masks for the fin flashes and the 508 on the port side forward of the roundel. I've already placed the mask on the other side.

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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 6 months 3 weeks ago #103

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Masking now complete. Just need to polish a fingerprint out of the door and she's ready for some colour.



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Decided I may as well spray the insignia white. Also used it to knock back the yellow overspray from the roundels.



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Cool work KM
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And we'll call that a night - Intermediate blue airbrushed. I freehanded the demarcation line between the white and blue on the belly, underside of wing roots and horizontal stabilisers.



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I AM JUST LOVING YOUR WORK KM!!!
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Merry Xmas guys!

This morning I added some highlights to the intermediate blue, by adding 10% light grey to my blue mix and airbrushing it on in a random mottling pattern. It's very subtle.




And tonight I've just finished airbrushing the dark blue. I freehanded the demarcation line.



I still need to airbrush the dark blue on the wing root and horizontal stabiliser areas and then I will lighten this colour with a lightened version of my base mix too.
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I like these pacific schemes.. so much scope for variation...which is good for me..cause technically I cant get it wrong!
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Looking GOOD !
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Fading initially applied to the dark sea blue created by adding 10% XF-18 medium blue. I wanted to make it look more faded than it turned out, so flushed the airbrush and mixed up 80% thinner to 20% XF-18 and went over the dark blue again.
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As Maarten said, “Looking GOOD”!!!!
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Roundels and fin flashes complete. I've removed the masks so I can gloss coat the fuselage to protrct it from damage when I attach the wings and horizontal stabilisers. I'll add the dark sea blue above the wing roots once these have been attached.
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Nice work, very nice. here's a bit of inspiration - Brendon Deere's Avenger (it's a TBM-3) at Wanaka last year.

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Undersides of wings and horizontal stabilisers have been airbrushed insignia white and roundels masked and sprayed.
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That sad feeling you get when you pack your kit away the day before you go away for a few days.


The workbench is now disguised as a dining table :lol:
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I know that feeling mate
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This build is blowing my mind, what an awesome job you are doing. I really cannot wait to see the finished result.
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Wowza, this kite is looking awesome.
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Trumpeter 1/32 TBM-3 Avenger 6 months 2 weeks ago #120

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So are you back yet???
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