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Posted by PatW on Monday, October 21, 2019 2:42 AM

Thanks for the info goldhammer.

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Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, October 20, 2019 12:43 AM

Nice job Pat.

As an aside, TBF's were built by Grumman, TBM's were built by General Motors under license.  Grumman didn't have the capacity to build all Hellcats, Avengers, and Wildcats needed.

No major changes that I'm aware of between the TBF and TBM.

The TB was the designator for torpedo bomber.  F was the designator for Grumman, M was the designator for General Motors.

Hope that explains the difference in them.

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Posted by PatW on Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:51 PM

Thanks Hoss WA.

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Posted by PatW on Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:50 PM

Well Josh we were hoping to retire to OZ but found we hadn't got large enough pension plans and as the overseas workers age limit was 45 neither of us would be able to get jobs.

We came out for a month in 2003, and stayed on Broadbech but toured around from ther, my wife's boss and his wife and kids lived there for a number of years but had to return to take over the family business when his father died.

He suggested we go see Coffs Harbour as he lived close by, and we did but didn't see any interest in it, after travelling there and back in a day.

We stopped off last year for our 50th anniversary, joining a cruise ship in Sydney out to the Fijian Islands, back to Sydney and out to New Zealand all over a month. Superb trip!

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Posted by Hoss WA on Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:51 AM

Nice! Congrats. I like the "in flight" display. 

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Posted by Josh_the_painter on Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:33 AM

PatW

Cheers Josh. How's the weather in Brisbane, we were out there a few years ago. 

 

We like to say everyday in Queensland is hot and sunny with a chance of showers! Realistically we have had 3 or 4 days of rain in months and its warming up pretty quick. I expect a hot summer. I hope you enjoyed your time here in Brissy. Just out for a holiday or have family?

Josh

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Posted by PatW on Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:08 AM

Cheers Josh. How's the weather in Brisbane, we were out there a few years ago. 

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Posted by Josh_the_painter on Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:09 AM

Nicely done! And an interesting prototype. 4 more and a ufo to go? 

Josh

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Posted by PatW on Friday, October 18, 2019 4:23 PM

Thanks guys. I learn't how to paint the ridges on the cockpit canopy this time so getting a bit better each time!

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 18, 2019 11:21 AM

PatW

Cheers philo426. One comment on another site was that it isn't a TBM but a TBF, only because I couldn't find a TBM kit.

 

Even if she isn't the exact right version that's still some really nice work! Yes

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, October 18, 2019 10:01 AM

Very cool indeed!

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Posted by PatW on Friday, October 18, 2019 3:21 AM

Thanks guys. The stand came with the kit, pleased with that.

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:49 PM

Looking great!Like the old school.flight stand!

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Posted by PFJN on Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:47 PM

Hi, that turned out really nice

1st Group Build

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Posted by PatW on Thursday, October 17, 2019 4:15 PM

Cheers philo426. One comment on another site was that it isn't a TBM but a TBF, only because I couldn't find a TBM kit.

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:43 PM

Nice job!

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Posted by PatW on Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:38 PM

Finished today.................

The USAF logo's from the kit, all others from my decal spares.

 

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Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:11 AM

1/48

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Posted by snapdragonxxx on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:04 AM

I might have a go at Trumpeter's 1/32 version(s) in the next year.

I would advise to go with Vallejo's Matt versions of the Navy/Marine Corps aircraft rather than the gloss colours as the sea air etc would weather the gloss paint to a Matt pretty quickly.

Rather than decals, you could use masks to do much of the insignia and numbers painting or if they do a set, HGW's wet transfer sets.

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Posted by PatW on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 2:15 AM

Thanks for the photo philo426, would that be the large scale version?

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, October 14, 2019 4:47 PM

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Posted by PatW on Monday, October 14, 2019 4:10 PM

I don't know Bill, there's very little info/photo's anywhere as far as I can see.

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Posted by PatW on Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:18 PM

Thanks for more info guys.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 3, 2019 11:31 AM

I've got to be 'that guy' and suggest you toss a flying saucer model in there too... Alien

The nice thing is you can paint it anyway you want. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:43 AM

PatW

Having started this search since seeing the TV programme just yesterday, others tell me it's a Sea Blue Gloss finish but that looks to be semi gloss or matte finish. But still searching. 

My only question, and it's splitting hairs but I'm curious:

In the tri-color scheme the Grumman color diagrams show that the top surface of the aircraft fuselage is "non-specular", i.e. matte Sea Blue as opposed to the rest of the top third, the wings etc. which are semi-gloss sea blue.

I just wondered if that were the case as well in the overall Sea Blue scheme. I can't find that Grumman diagram.

 

Bill

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Posted by richs26 on Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:32 AM

stikpusher

 

 
Greg

Pat, the Academy rebox of the Accurate Miniatures TBM was the first kit I built coming back in '13.

You may already be aware, but I've heard it referred to as the best 1/48th scale aircraft model kit ever.

I hope you enjoy building it.

 

 

 

Greg, the Academy kit shown above is Academy’s own 1/72 Avenger kit, not the 1/48 Accurate kit. I believe that Italeri currently has those molds.

 

Actually Academy has been repopping the AM molds.  Italeri repopped a TBF in 2005, but Academy has repopped it since 2012.

https://www.scalemates.com/products/product.php?id=144509&p=timeline 

WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:23 AM

stikpusher
Greg, the Academy kit shown above is Academy’s own 1/72 Avenger kit, not the 1/48 Accurate kit. I believe that Italeri currently has those molds.

Oops, I wondered why the box art was different.

Thanks for the clarification, Stik. And sorry for the confusion, Pat.

-Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:09 AM

Greg

Pat, the Academy rebox of the Accurate Miniatures TBM was the first kit I built coming back in '13.

You may already be aware, but I've heard it referred to as the best 1/48th scale aircraft model kit ever.

I hope you enjoy building it.

 

Greg, the Academy kit shown above is Academy’s own 1/72 Avenger kit, not the 1/48 Accurate kit. I believe that Italeri currently has those molds.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 3, 2019 8:14 AM

Pat, the Academy rebox of the Accurate Miniatures TBM was the first kit I built coming back in '13.

You may already be aware, but I've heard it referred to as the best 1/48th scale aircraft model kit ever.

I hope you enjoy building it.

-Greg

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