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COMPLETED Trumpeter 1/32 TBF -1C Avenger Torpedo Bomber build with Ezra my grandson

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:00 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hi Toshi ! 

 You hit a chord here .I used to build model cars with my son till his passing at age twelve .Your posts have brought a tender and wonderful string of memories up .Thanks , Oh, I will be watching you two !     T.B.

 

I’m so sorry to hear of your son passing.  It’s difficult when a child passes on before their parents, especially at such a young age.  I will never know your pain but you have my respect and sympathies sir!  Well now Tanker -Builder, I’m glad Ezra’s and I build has brought back to you long ago in your words “Tender and wonderful memories“.   That’s what sharing and building together is about.  Be it model cars or planes, it matters not.  Isn’t it great that these modeling memories/feelings arise.  I feel in the end, that’s all we as humans have.  In the Japanese tradition; “Rememberence and Respect”!  Thank you Tanker - Builder for sharing and following our thread.  We will do our best in the Avenger build.  

Your friend’s, Toshi & Ezra

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:43 PM

Greg

 

 
Tosh
How about you Greg, do you get sleepless nights and go to the bench? Let me know as I’m interested in knowing what you’re working on if you don’t mind me inquiring. Thank you in advance.

 

I do get sleepless nights, Toshi. Like so many folks I suppose, when I think life is going pretty ok I sleep ok. But when I start overreacting to events out of my control, which is my nature, the nighttime worries set in.

One of the worst feelings in the world is waking up in the middle of the night or just too early in that 'just woke up bliss' feeling-thing, then all of sudden a problem (like your worries about Mrs Toshi) hits like a ton of bricks (or the 500lb bomb Goldhammer alluded to). I hate it, it is awful I can so relate, Toshi.

Laying there makes it worse, so definitely keep going to the bench my friend.

I sometimes do. For the first time ever I have 2 builds going, a Revell VW and a Revell motorbike. You better believe I hit the bench when I can't sleep, Toshi.

 

Yes, when life is good so is sleep, eating, and the enjoyment of life.  When life’s issues arise, things of those mentioned above will create obstacles.  This is such an unfortunate circumstance that we deal with.  It’s not just you overreacting, we all deal with things in our own way my friend.

I sleep between 3:00am-4:00am.  And get up at 6:00am not being able to go back to sleep.  It Definately has been like this for a while.  Luckily, we are blessed with FSM Forum community and models!  Thank you Greg for the reply and following of Ezra and I thread!

Your friend’s, Toshi & Ezra

 

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, April 11, 2019 9:06 PM

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Friday, April 12, 2019 12:18 AM

To my fellow forum members,

          As you can see above, the arresting tail hook has been installed.  It is designed on this kit to be retractable.  On my last Trumpeter 1/32 Avenger build two years ago, it broke off.  When you have too many moving parts as a rule of thumb on anything that’s never a good thing especially when it’s made out of styrene.  

So I intentionally glued it at this time as I painted the tail hook white with black stripes.  I wanted to add a bit of drama when I display the Avenger on my ”Wall of Planes”!  I’ve learned that something as little as a detail such as this can add finesse to a build.

Below, I have a partially assembled fueselauge.  At this point I at least feel after all the hard yet fun work that comes together, this means so much to me, it’s a sense of accomplishment!  Then to close up all the detail in that only you and God know that’s there. 

Unlike the other Avenger I built in which I greatly enjoyed and then donated, this Avenger will stay with me then passed on to none other than Master Ezra.  I’ll never forget his enthusiasm and pure raw excitement in utilizing the Iwata Eclipse and both my NEO and NEO TRN1.  He in some of the photos looks so proud.  His best work was the torpedo.  There’s still so much more of this build for him, we will just have to see where his fortè is.

Your friend’s, Toshi & Ezra

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Friday, April 12, 2019 12:42 AM

Styrene bench seat with PE supports for radioman/rear gunner.

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Friday, April 12, 2019 12:58 AM

Movable vertical tail via PE and steel pins.

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Friday, April 12, 2019 9:20 AM

Assembly of the fueselauge.  Now I’ll be removing the seams and looking into wether or not I want folded wings or not.  

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, April 12, 2019 9:34 AM

Looking good those wings must be huge what plastic cement are you using on this beast?

 

 Nick.

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Posted by Tosh on Friday, April 12, 2019 11:22 AM

crown r n7

Looking good those wings must be huge what plastic cement are you using on this beast?

 

Thank you crown r n7!  I’ll be using a combination (Depending on where and if PE is involved) of Testors good olè tube glue, Tamiya Extra Thin Cement, thin CA, and thick CA.  That’s what I did with the last Avenger.  Any thing you would do different?  Thank you in advance.

Your Friend, Toshi

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:36 AM

We both removed the PE together yet Ezra wanted to AB more than anything else.  I told him that’s next.  Lol!  He wanted to CA the PE but I told him it’s dangerous.  He listens, that’s what makes him a great modeler.  So I’ll cover the CA part, set up the AB system and we will take it from there.  

As for the turret, don’t install it till later.  You’ll never be able to mask and paint it.  Lol!  Even if it’s loosely assembled or glued in, wait to install it.  

 

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:27 PM

Pic of Ezra makes me smile. Smile

-Greg

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Posted by Tosh on Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:46 PM

Greg

Pic of Ezra makes me smile. Smile

 

Thank you Greg!  It is healing and funny as he will see this in ten years and laugh.

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Saturday, April 13, 2019 12:53 PM

Master Ezra in his Paw Patrol hoodie all set up outside ready to AB the bomb bay doors.  Actually we used MM light gray primer #4680 followed by Vallejo Model Air Insignia White 71.279.  He also does a good job cleaning up the AB with the pot.  

He enjoys backwashing as it creates bubbles.  Lol!  I do recomend the Iwata in-line air filter as you can see it fits perfectly in his hands.  It will fit like a trigger AB for those of you interested.  I still have a air filter at the compressor both from Harbor Frieght Tools, works like a charm.

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:16 PM

Ezra sure is doing good work on this build. 

 

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Posted by Tosh on Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:25 PM

Bakster

Ezra sure is doing good work on this build. 

 

 

Thank you Bakster!  He really has his heart into it.  He loves in that he gets to do big boy/adult things.  I’d love to get a old ‘66 beat up Mustang and work on it with him.  Lol!  That’ll be his first 1/1.

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, April 13, 2019 2:59 PM

Tosh
things.  I’d love to get a old ‘66 beat up Mustang and work on it with him.  Lol!  That’ll be his first 1/1.

Now you are talking. I tell ya Toshi... Ezra will have some fantastic memories when he gets older. Take it from one that didn’t get a lot of quality time with adults... it means a lot to a kid. My fondest memories are those few times when the stars aligned and I did fun things with family. You are planting seeds to make a happy Ezra. Good job.

 

 

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Posted by Tosh on Saturday, April 13, 2019 3:02 PM

To my fellow forum members,

          For those of you either considering to purchase or have purchased this kit, let me say that at close to five hundred parts, there’s a lot of strategic planning needed moving forward.  Not a difficult kit but not your typical kit.  Somethings are trial and error so be prepared for surprises.  

Each piece, engine, pilots cockpit, turret gunner, fueselage, radio, bomb bay, and that’s all I can comment for now are kits in of itself.  The wings, guns, hrizontal tail, landing gear, etc.  Look like more kits that get ensembled together for a whole Avenger.  Having Master Ezra help is not a hindrance as it makes me plan and plot out each step to accomadate his and my needs to this build.

Of all the Trumpeter 1/32 kits that I’ve built, this by far is the most complex, accurate, and fun build that Trumpeter has designed for us modelers.  I highly, highly, recommend this kit even if you don’t have the room, just fold it’s wings.  That’ll save a great deal of space.  The reason for this current yet simple review is that I feel I’m at a half way mark.  This does not include masking, primer, paint, gloss coate, decals, dull coate.  That my friends, is another kit in itself.  Lol!  Stay tuned for more of Ezra’s and I adventure with this Avenger!

Your friend’s, Toshi and Ezra

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, April 13, 2019 5:22 PM

I bet the wingspan is as long as Ezra is tall!Indifferent   

Chad

God, Family, Models...

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In the hole: 1/72 Airfix Hunting Percival 

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:40 PM

Mopar Madness
I bet the wingspan is as long as Ezra is tall!Indifferent

Ha! Yes

-Greg

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Posted by Tosh on Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:08 PM

Mopar Madness

I bet the wingspan is as long as Ezra is tall!Indifferent   

 

Of course it’s not silly!  It’s two football fields long.  Lol!

 

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

  • Member since
    December, 2018
Posted by Tosh on Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:11 PM

Bakster

 

 
Tosh
things.  I’d love to get a old ‘66 beat up Mustang and work on it with him.  Lol!  That’ll be his first 1/1.

 

Now you are talking. I tell ya Toshi... Ezra will have some fantastic memories when he gets older. Take it from one that didn’t get a lot of quality time with adults... it means a lot to a kid. My fondest memories are those few times when the stars aligned and I did fun things with family. You are planting seeds to make a happy Ezra. Good job.

 

 

I try to instill that as my father has once done.  Thank you Bakster for the kind words.

 

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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  • From: Colorado Springs
Posted by mawright20 on Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:47 PM
Toshi, I see Blade Tech industries in moving to a new manufacturing sit eon your town. Hopefully helps with the local economy and workforce.
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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, April 14, 2019 3:49 AM

Looks like my good friend Toshi and Ezra are having fun together and this is the point of the hobby.

Toshi, beware of teaching Ezra everything you know while he is at this age as he will become better than we are too quickly and that will never do!

Always keep something back something that amazes them even when they are older so we can still keep the mantle of master and make them strive to improve their padawan status.

It is good that we see someone so young entering our world to keep it going and I am sure that with Toshi to guide him we will, in time, see some fantastic builds From young Ezra.

As Toshi has said, and I agree with him that with kits that are coming onto the market with a high and detailed part count you can't just jump in and start. I always start with how I want the finished thing to look and that is after an initial look through the kit sprues. I then sit with the manual for a very long time and work out just what the kit designers had in mind what works, what might work with a bit of fiddling about, what impact that might have, painting etc and what needs adding.

A plan with flexibility is a must. Will masks be better than decals? Metal barrels available? Eduard cockpit set Etc?

I don't know about Toshi, but I regard myself as having average skills but with the devious plans and visions I have witching those skills elevates the builds. I will always answer questions on my builds and strive to show some of my techniques.

Toshi...

if you and Mrs Toshi can get over here for November for SMW at Telford I will introduce you to the ZM team and others. ZM are hoping for an early release there of their Hs 129 this November and this is going to be a cracking kit.

 

James

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:56 AM

snapdragonxxx
f you and Mrs Toshi can get over here for November for SMW at Telford I will introduce you to the ZM team and others. ZM are hoping for an early release there of their Hs 129 this November and this is going to be a cracking kit.

I got to chat with some of the ZM folks at IMPS Columbus 2015. What nice people they were!

And holy cow, how could that possibly have been over 4 yrs ago??? Tongue Tied

-Greg

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Posted by Tosh on Sunday, April 14, 2019 11:22 AM

mawright20
Toshi, I see Blade Tech industries in moving to a new manufacturing sit eon your town. Hopefully helps with the local economy and workforce.
 

Thank you for the heads up!  It’s always good for the local encomony when a new manufacturing base moves in.  Thank you mawright20.

Your friend, Toshi

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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    December, 2018
Posted by Tosh on Sunday, April 14, 2019 11:34 AM

snapdragonxxx

Looks like my good friend Toshi and Ezra are having fun together and this is the point of the hobby.

Toshi, beware of teaching Ezra everything you know while he is at this age as he will become better than we are too quickly and that will never do!

Always keep something back something that amazes them even when they are older so we can still keep the mantle of master and make them strive to improve their padawan status.

It is good that we see someone so young entering our world to keep it going and I am sure that with Toshi to guide him we will, in time, see some fantastic builds From young Ezra.

As Toshi has said, and I agree with him that with kits that are coming onto the market with a high and detailed part count you can't just jump in and start. I always start with how I want the finished thing to look and that is after an initial look through the kit sprues. I then sit with the manual for a very long time and work out just what the kit designers had in mind what works, what might work with a bit of fiddling about, what impact that might have, painting etc and what needs adding.

A plan with flexibility is a must. Will masks be better than decals? Metal barrels available? Eduard cockpit set Etc?

I don't know about Toshi, but I regard myself as having average skills but with the devious plans and visions I have witching those skills elevates the builds. I will always answer questions on my builds and strive to show some of my techniques.

Toshi...

if you and Mrs Toshi can get over here for November for SMW at Telford I will introduce you to the ZM team and others. ZM are hoping for an early release there of their Hs 129 this November and this is going to be a cracking kit.

 

James

 

Thank you for reiterating and sharing your modeling experiences sir.  It’s so true with the new kits.  Tons of parts with immense detail.  No, I try not overwhelm Ezra.  He will still play with his toys, watch cartoons, take naps, and throw balls outside.  The rest of what I try to teach him is his curiosity, Why, why, and why.  Lol!  That’s how we started modeling together.  As for my skills?  I’m just a novice, I’ve only been at this for a few years now, many here have been doing this for several decades.  

I would love to meet Members from Zoukei Mura.  That would be great, thank you sir for thinking of us.

Your Friend, Toshi

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Sunday, April 14, 2019 12:35 PM

It is a ride on an aircraft for you two across the pond. No need for hotel bills but just spending money and maybe car hire for convenience.

I think that ZM want my Ki-45 for their stand so it means doing the show both days. I will be confirming with the president.

I won't be staying over as all the hotels have already raised their prices to almost eye watering levels and it is cheaper for me to travel there and back home by train on both days rather than overpay for a room and food plus hiked prices for a beer etc. Rather spend the money on some quality kits!

people come from all over the world for this show and I have met people from Brazil, Sweden and New Zealand.

I usually only go for the first day and it is a very early start with the train at just before 6am. I will leave the show at about 3pm and on my return I am collected at the station and go out for a meal to our favourite Italian which is run by a friend of ours.

A tiring day for this veteran with a dicky ticker but lots of fun!

 

James

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Posted by Tosh on Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:22 PM

snapdragonxxx

It is a ride on an aircraft for you two across the pond. No need for hotel bills but just spending money and maybe car hire for convenience.

I think that ZM want my Ki-45 for their stand so it means doing the show both days. I will be confirming with the president.

I won't be staying over as all the hotels have already raised their prices to almost eye watering levels and it is cheaper for me to travel there and back home by train on both days rather than overpay for a room and food plus hiked prices for a beer etc. Rather spend the money on some quality kits!

people come from all over the world for this show and I have met people from Brazil, Sweden and New Zealand.

I usually only go for the first day and it is a very early start with the train at just before 6am. I will leave the show at about 3pm and on my return I am collected at the station and go out for a meal to our favourite Italian which is run by a friend of ours.

A tiring day for this veteran with a dicky ticker but lots of fun!

 

James

 

Thank you snapdragonxxx!  You honor the Toshi’s greatly.  That’s awesome in that Zoukei Mura wants to display your build, I’m sure confirming with the president is but a formality sir.  Riding the rail in the UK is always a treat.  I had a great time doing so.  When I lived there, the tunnel was almost dug through both ends.  I so wanted to go and ride the TGV under the channel.

We (The band) instead went by ferry from Zeebrug over the channel.  Your country is so steeped in history and beauty, I’ll never forget my time in Europe as a whole.  I’m sure you’re exhausted at the end of the show but well worth it.  

Your friend‘s, The Toshi’s 

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Monday, April 15, 2019 10:16 PM

Soft Black Plastic + Hard Styrene = ?

Oh boy, I lost two anchors but found (A miracle) both.  Installing them was a compression technique as styrene and CE will not adhere.  

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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Posted by Tosh on Monday, April 15, 2019 11:35 PM

Folding Wing Assembly

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

At work with my grandson Ezra, building a Monogram 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

 

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