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Trumpeter TBM-3 finished


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This thing makes for a sizeable model and it's one of their better kits. I didn't have any BIG problems, just the usual fiddly bit and clumsiness problems. I substituted the Black Box cockpit set which is much more detailed and crisp than the kit parts (although they aren't that bad). I also used the VERY nice Signifer wheels. Although this kit is a TBM-3 I chose to convert it to a -3E by scratching the AN/APS-4 radar pod and enclosing the underside gunner's position. I used a combination of Model Master Gloss Sea Blue and Colourcoats GSB. I used my own interior green which I mix to suit my eyes which is a mix of Testor's Field Green, Leather, and Zinc Chromate. Decals are a mix of kit decals, Techmod, and "stash". After all that I oversprayed the whole model with Alclad Semi Gloss Clear. Now I have to find room in one of my display cases for it! I hope you guys like it. :)


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55 minutes ago, GusMac said:

Lovely result John and sooo fast. Takes me a minimum 4-6 months to do anything this size. :unworthy:

I'm glad you like it, thanks! I just have plenty of time now that I'm retired. :)

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38 minutes ago, harv said:

Ok, stop bragging and start something else all ready. I'm retired and can't build nearly as fast, like an ice flow......Harv


LOL Harv. Right now I'm trying to decide on my next build. Decisions decisions! :)

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14 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

John, any thoughts to finishing that P-61?  That’s one that’s on my list of things to do in the future...

I'll pull it off the SOD and take a look Ernie. Maybe, maybe not. We'll see. :)

Okay Ernie, I looked it over and decided to resume the build. We'll see how it goes.

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4 hours ago, Peterpools said:


Awesome build and a joy to follow. Aces on the finish: yours are always a gem.



Thanks Peter! It took me forever to decide on WHICH markings I was going to go with and I'm happy with the one's I decided on. :D

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55 minutes ago, Martinnfb said:

Super clean build John, I like the radar pod , makes it into an unusual looking Avenger. Bravo!



Thank you Martin. Something a little bit different than just OOB. Scratching the pod was easier than I first thought. :)

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