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1/48 Douglas TBD-1 Devastator (VT-2 Lexington)

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1/48 Douglas TBD-1 Devastator (VT-2 Lexington)
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 24, 2019 1:51 AM

I finally finished my Devastator adventure.  Although I enjoyed them both, I'm glad they're finally over.  Here's my representation of a yellow-winged pre-war TBD from VT-2 aboard the USS Lexington.  I recently read that these were painted in this flamboyant manner so they could be easily seen by rescue if they crashed into the drink.  Makes sense to me, but I'm not sure it's accurate..........talk amongst yourselves.

For painting I used a mix of Alclad II and AK Extreme Metal for the fuselage.  I'm starting to like the AK product, especially their Duraluminum which had a very slight gold hue to it.  You can also spray it right on bare plastic as it doesn't seem to attack the plastic. The only drawback is that it takes longer to dry than Alclad. 

For the wings and tail I use Tamiya XF-3 Yellow with a touch of XF-7 Red.  All markings were painted with the use of Montex masks, except the VT-2 bomb cartoon below the pilot which is a decal.  I again struggled with the markings in the corrigated sections.  I had to go back and fix lot of bleed under with Tamiya tape. 

I did decide to bite the bullet and mix the kit canopies with vacuform again.  I think I screwed a few of their proper locations up, but I'm way past caring at this point regarding this crappy design.  In the end it looks acceptable and you can see the interior.   Yes, I know the prop blades should be silver, but I painted both at the same time and forgot to got back and repaint this one.  Oh well, who's to say they didn't put a black one on at some point. 

I did an oil wash with some AK streaking fluid to make it look used. I was going for good condition but used.  I didn't want it to look like a toy. I hope I achieved it.   With that, I can't think of anything else.  


 

        

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, May 24, 2019 2:43 AM

That looks fantastic.  NMF turned out great and the weathered yellow looks really good.  Some day I'd like to understand how these canopies actually worked.  Brings back memories of building the old Monogram kit as a boy except I had more fingerprints. Well done.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Rambo on Friday, May 24, 2019 4:07 AM
Just amazing the prewar scheme is my favorite of your two devastator builds. You captured the look of used but not abused perfectly.

Clint

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 24, 2019 4:12 AM

keavdog

That looks fantastic.  NMF turned out great and the weathered yellow looks really good.  Some day I'd like to understand how these canopies actually worked.  Brings back memories of building the old Monogram kit as a boy except I had more fingerprints. Well done.

 

Thanks Dog. Oh yeah, I forgot. I did vary the degrees of yellow by adding more red here and there. I’m glad you could tell. I didn’t want it to look completely uniform. 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, May 24, 2019 9:53 AM

Wow, Joe. That looks fantastic. Now that I've see you do both schemes I don't know which one I like better for mine. I thought I loved the blue scheme, but this yellow wing is amazing looking. Hmm, may have to flip a coin. Well done, again.

BK

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Posted by Reasoned on Friday, May 24, 2019 1:51 PM

I must say, you've made the pre-war scheme of yellow wings etc. look better than acceptable, it really is attractive. I think your weathering has, as you said, made it look less toy-like. Very nice Joe.

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, May 24, 2019 3:15 PM

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 24, 2019 3:52 PM

Rambo
Just amazing the prewar scheme is my favorite of your two devastator builds. You captured the look of used but not abused perfectly.
 

Thanks Rambo. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 24, 2019 3:53 PM

BrandonK

Wow, Joe. That looks fantastic. Now that I've see you do both schemes I don't know which one I like better for mine. I thought I loved the blue scheme, but this yellow wing is amazing looking. Hmm, may have to flip a coin. Well done, again.

BK

 

Thanks Brandon

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 24, 2019 3:54 PM

Reasoned

I must say, you've made the pre-war scheme of yellow wings etc. look better than acceptable, it really is attractive. I think your weathering has, as you said, made it look less toy-like. Very nice Joe.

 

Thanks Reasoned. It was actually more challenging than you would think. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 24, 2019 3:55 PM

philo426

 

Nice! Is that bare metal foil? 

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, May 24, 2019 4:12 PM

Yes sir!Classic Monogram kit!

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Posted by Greatmaker on Friday, May 24, 2019 11:14 PM

Really like the weathered yellow and NMF look. I didn’t think I would like the pre-war version but I have to admit yours raises the bar

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 24, 2019 11:51 PM

philo426

Yes sir!Classic Monogram kit!

 

Nice! Mine is actually the subject on the box art of that old kit. The guy I built it for built that one as a kid. He’s feelin‘ nostalgic!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 24, 2019 11:52 PM

Greatmaker

Really like the weathered yellow and NMF look. I didn’t think I would like the pre-war version but I have to admit yours raises the bar

 

Thanks Robert! I didn’t think I was gonna like it either, but it grew on me. 

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Posted by Shipwreck on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 8:31 AM

Well Joe, I would say that you deserve a double WOW; one for each TBD. The pre-war color scheme is just pretty! Thanks for sharing you art work.

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Posted by 1943Mike on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 3:04 PM

Fabulous scale model work Joe!

Mike

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Posted by RadMax8 on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:30 AM

Hi Joe,

Great work. I can imagine the masks not settling down gets annoying. Have you thought about cutting your own masks with kabuki tape (basically sheets of Tamiya tape)? I’ve heard those craft cutters make quick work of making masks.

This is a great build, thanks for sharing. Any interest in doing more yellow wings in the future?

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:29 AM

Shipwreck

Well Joe, I would say that you deserve a double WOW; one for each TBD. The pre-war color scheme is just pretty! Thanks for sharing you art work.

 

 

Thanks Ship, and your welcome.  

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:30 AM

1943Mike

Fabulous scale model work Joe!

 

Thanks Mike

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 31, 2019 5:34 AM

RadMax8

Hi Joe,

Great work. I can imagine the masks not settling down gets annoying. Have you thought about cutting your own masks with kabuki tape (basically sheets of Tamiya tape)? I’ve heard those craft cutters make quick work of making masks.

This is a great build, thanks for sharing. Any interest in doing more yellow wings in the future?

 

Thanks Max. I do cut Japanese meatballs out of Tamiya tape, not sure I have the desire to try anything more complicated. Montex normally works great sans the corrugated surface.

...and no, likely my last one.  

 

 

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, May 31, 2019 3:31 PM

That's a great finish!

I can't help thinking, though, that the poor plane captain is going to get a chewing-out for the state of that TBD Wink

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, June 01, 2019 5:12 AM

the Baron

That's a great finish!

I can't help thinking, though, that the poor plane captain is going to get a chewing-out for the state of that TBD Wink

 

Thanks! Indeed. Pass revoked!

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, June 01, 2019 2:17 PM

the Baron

That's a great finish!

I can't help thinking, though, that the poor plane captain is going to get a chewing-out for the state of that TBD Wink

 

I agree wholeheartedly with the above. A beautiful artistic finish, but not so realistic. Pre war TBDs in most every photo look to be very well maintained and cleaned. The peacetime Navy op tempo allowed for such niceties. 

One critique that I would add is that the tail color for the Lexinton’s Air Group was Lemon Yellow, a lighter and distinctly different shade than the wing top Chrome Yellow.

 

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, June 01, 2019 2:58 PM

Zowie. That is really eye-catching, Joe.

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, June 02, 2019 5:54 AM

stikpusher

 

 
the Baron

That's a great finish!

I can't help thinking, though, that the poor plane captain is going to get a chewing-out for the state of that TBD Wink

 

 

 

I agree wholeheartedly with the above. A beautiful artistic finish, but not so realistic. Pre war TBDs in most every photo look to be very well maintained and cleaned. The peacetime Navy op tempo allowed for such niceties. 

One critique that I would add is that the tail color for the Lexinton’s Air Group was Lemon Yellow, a lighter and distinctly different shade than the wing top Chrome Yellow.

 

Thanks Stik. I‘ll go ahead and disagree about the dirty part. Just because there are no pictures of them dirty doesn’t necessarily mean it never happened on occasion. These tend to look like toys without weathering so I sought to avoid this. 

Thanks for the info about the tail. I never even thought of it. This turkey was way out of my comfort zone. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, June 02, 2019 5:55 AM

Greg

Zowie. That is really eye-catching, Joe.

 

 

Thanks Greg

 

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Posted by Tom Hering on Sunday, June 02, 2019 7:23 AM

Excellent. I really like pre-war colors and markings.

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Sunday, June 02, 2019 8:12 AM

Very nice build.

 

 

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Posted by Shipwreck on Sunday, June 02, 2019 1:12 PM

lawdog114
stikpusher
the Baron

That's a great finish!

I can't help thinking, though, that the poor plane captain is going to get a chewing-out for the state of that TBD Wink

 I agree wholeheartedly with the above. A beautiful artistic finish, but not so realistic. Pre war TBDs in most every photo look to be very well maintained and cleaned. The peacetime Navy op tempo allowed for such niceties. 

One critique that I would add is that the tail color for the Lexinton’s Air Group was Lemon Yellow, a lighter and distinctly different shade than the wing top Chrome Yellow.

Thanks Stik. I‘ll go ahead and disagree about the dirty part. Just because there are no pictures of them dirty doesn’t necessarily mean it never happened on occasion. These tend to look like toys without weathering so I sought to avoid this. 

Thanks for the info about the tail. I never even thought of it. This turkey was way out of my comfort zone. 

 

Stik and Joe,  Regarding the camouflage/weathering question; I think you are both right. It just depends. For example, how many pre war marked aircraft turned blue on December 7th? It had to take time to repaint the entire fleet of aircraft. From what I understand, the war disrupted many things. It seems perfectly reasonable to me if a pretty pre war marked plan were to get dirty before it got blue! Just a thought.

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