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WIP - 1/48 SB2U-2 Vindicator Accurate Miniatures

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WIP - 1/48 SB2U-2 Vindicator Accurate Miniatures
Posted by Wolfman_63 on Saturday, August 25, 2018 5:15 AM

Starting the 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SB2U-2 Vindicator and will be using the Eduard photo etch detail set. The scheme will be the Centaur Vampires of VS-72 assigned to the USS Wasp (CV-7) that operated in the Atlantic Ocean during WWII. The detailing of the cockpit in this kit is great and the photo etch details add a little more depth. The pilots section is done. Working on the rear cockpit now.
 
 
 

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, August 25, 2018 7:28 AM

WOW is the first word I thought of when viewing your pics.  Your detailing is so clear and crisp. Great job,looking forward to more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by PFJN on Saturday, August 25, 2018 2:46 PM

Wow, that looks nice Smile

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Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, August 25, 2018 3:00 PM

Nice job so far!

I built that one a couple of years ago.  The kit includes a mask set for the greenhouse canopy that I found did not even pretend to fit properly.  

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Saturday, August 25, 2018 4:58 PM

Looking great so far. Looking forward to the rest of the build

In the queue: 1/48 Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)

 

Chris

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, August 25, 2018 6:27 PM

Aggieman

Nice job so far!

I built that one a couple of years ago.  The kit includes a mask set for the greenhouse canopy that I found did not even pretend to fit properly.  

 

Mine didn't either. Wasn't even close 

 

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Sunday, August 26, 2018 5:21 AM

Aggieman

Nice job so far!

I built that one a couple of years ago.  The kit includes a mask set for the greenhouse canopy that I found did not even pretend to fit properly.  

 

 

I don't use precut masks. It seems to be a 50/50 fit depending on the kit. I use kapton tape to mask the canopies. The tape works well and trims easily.

 

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David's Scale Models - https://www.davidsscalemodels.com

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, August 26, 2018 6:33 AM

Boy, that is looking great!  I have that kit in my stash.  Your pics are stimulating me to get it on the bench.  Those AM kits are great!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, August 27, 2018 3:10 AM
David. How bad are the instructions? Loved the kit but the instructions were hideous

 

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Monday, August 27, 2018 4:09 AM

tempestjohnny
David. How bad are the instructions? Loved the kit but the instructions were hideous
 

The instructions are a little weird but not bad. Not a fan of how they did the painting instructions. Only did the first two steps. We'll see how the rest goes.

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David's Scale Models - https://www.davidsscalemodels.com

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, August 27, 2018 8:22 AM

Painting instructions are the biggest failing I see in almost all model aircraft instructions.  I believe most kit mfgs figure that the majority of builders never paint their models, or else those who do paint them with brushes.

One of the big problems I see with novice builders is that they follow instructions for painting cockpit and engine, then go ahead and build and install all the rest, to leave painting till the last step.  Then, they try to paint exterior of the model as last step.  Then they are faced with the task of masking wheel wells, fragile landing gear and gear doors, and on some planes, exposed radial engines.  In my opinion, gears and gear doors should be last pieces to by applied, along with antenna.

Not only is painting a problem, but in some kits, landing gears are captured during the closing of the fuselage.  Big problem!  Landing gear mounting should always be possible as a nearly last step.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by freem on Friday, August 31, 2018 2:12 PM

What is this thing "instructions" you speak about? Is that the sheet of paper with the funny pictures and strange writings on it in the box? I thought that was to protect the bench top when I spill glue and paint.

Chris Christenson

 

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Friday, August 31, 2018 4:19 PM

If all else fails, read the instructions lol Bang Head

In the queue: 1/48 Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)

 

Chris

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Saturday, September 01, 2018 6:33 AM

The cockpit on the 1/48 SB2U-2 Vindicator is now complete and the fuselage is together. The cockpit was a little tight getting everything to fit but it is together. Now working on detailing the engine. Using 30 AWG wire, I am making the pushrods for the cylinders.
 
 
 

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David's Scale Models - https://www.davidsscalemodels.com

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Friday, September 07, 2018 7:58 AM

Weekly update on the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SB2U-2 Vindicator. The engine has been detailed and painted. Next it was installed and the cowling was completed. The cowl consisted of 4 separate pieces and the fit was very good. Just juggling 4 pieces was a little difficult to get the alignment correct.  The landing gear was detailed, painted, and mounted. Now working on the bombs and mounts.
 

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David's Scale Models - https://www.davidsscalemodels.com

Model Albums - https://www.flickr.com/photos/128642409@N05/albums

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by ChrisJH666 on Friday, September 07, 2018 8:19 AM

Looking good. Very nice engine

In the queue: 1/48 Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)

 

Chris

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Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, September 08, 2018 12:02 AM

Looks good! You're certainly paying attention to some relevant details and I'll enjoy dropping by to watch your progress.

Makes me want to get out my AM SBD-5 but it's a bit further back in the queue just now. I've really enjoyed building Accurate Miniatures kits so far. Hopefully my remaining F3F and RAF MK-IA Accurate Miniature kits will be as much fun.

Mike

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, September 08, 2018 8:47 AM

Fantastic attention to detail especialy the cockpit and engine.  Looking forward to more.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:18 PM

Work continues on the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SB2U-2 Vindicator, the gun and bombs have been detailed. I painted the base coat on the aircraft. This is kind of a new area as I am trying out Vallejo paints for the first time. I usually use Model Master and Tamiya paints for many years. With Model Master now owned by Krylon, they are cutting back of many of the military colors. The Vallejo paints work very well and gives you a nice even coat.  
 
 
 
 

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David's Scale Models - https://www.davidsscalemodels.com

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Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:13 PM

Looking very good overall. The MG and bombs are very well done indeed!

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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