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1/48 scale scene “Turkey in the Soup”

Posted by Megan McChain
on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Steve Samuels
Westminster, Colorado

Basing his vignette on a reference photo, Steve calls this 1/48 scale scene “Turkey in the Soup.” “It depicts a TBF-1 of VT-24, USS Belleau Wood, that ditched on takeoff on September 2, 1943,” he says. He cut out the fuselage bottom of Accurate Miniatures’ TBM-1C to give it the desired swamped situation, and fully detailed the cockpit and turret with homemade handles and placards as well as Eduard pre-painted photoetched-metal seat belts and harness. The antenna wire is micro nylon sewing thread. Figures are a Tamiya F4U-1D Corsair pilot and two gunners comprising Monogram, Reheat, and Warriors parts. Steve set the scene afloat in a sea of acrylic gel medium painted with water-based colors. “I’ve been modeling since about 1958 and have enjoyed watching the hobby grow,” he says.


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