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Done: Accurate Miniatures 1/48 A-36 Apache

It has been a while since I finished something… Mainly because I have three projects on the go that take their time, and, to some extent, test ones resolve. So, in order to get a break, I picked another quick build from the stash.

AM’s A-36 is a very nice little kit with some small imperfections. Straight out of the box it builds into a beautiful model that captures the lines of an early Mustang pretty well. Some areas can be refined, as with any kit, but it’s up to you if you are willing to invest the extra effort.

One thing that is rather easy to fix is the missing armor plate behind the pilot’s seat. Some thin plastic sheet, a couple of swipes with a sanding stick, and you are done. Adding some cables to the radio set behind the cockpit pays off, because that area is very visible through the side windows. And finally, if you want to pose the canopy open you need to cut the clear part. Be careful, as the clear plastic is brittle and tends to crack if you apply too much pressure.

Apart from that I used Ultracast’s seat and wheels, the antenna mast was replaced with a whip antenna, and brake lines were added from thin copper wire. Painted with Tamiya and Gunze acrylics, weathered with oils.

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Done: Accurate Miniatures 1/48 TBM-1 Avenger

What a lovely kit that is! Full of detail, parts free of flash and visible ejector pin marks, and the fit is excellent. Some of the steps are a bit fiddly, especially the gun turret assembly – take your time and don’t lose your patience.
I got the Italeri boxing, which lacks a bit in the instructions department – so I would highly recommend to download the original AM instruction sheet if you can find it.
Airscale provided instrument faces and some cockpit plackards, antennas where done with fishing line and brass tubing.
For the Atlantic scheme I used Gunze H317 (FS36231) and H311 (FS36622), oversprayed with Tamiya gloss white.

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Done: Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SBD-5 Dauntless

Italeri’s rebox of the Accurate Miniatures kit. Kind of a mixed bag of emotions for me… On one hand, detail is outstanding, especially in the cockpit area. On the other hand fit in some areas was less than perfect. e.g. the wing root – fuselage join was a huge party for filler, superglue and their friends from sanding stick city…
Anyway, in the end I was more than happy with what is basically an OOB build. Painted with Lifecolor and Tamiya acrylics, antenna with fishing line, brass tubing and a ridiculously small drill bit.

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