TBM-3W Warner variant of Trumpeter Avenger model kit in 1/32 scale (conversion)
Dutch Naval Air Arm (Marine Luchtvaart Dienst MLD)
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First was now to do some “pre-painting” on the various interior parts.
NOTE: The colour
numbers I could not find on the instructions; these are GUNZE and should
be I think:
The interiors and some other parts were given the appropriate colours with an airbrush or paint brush and some other parts were pre-sprayed while still in their sprues.
(22) Small panel
(23) [T36] Cowling.
NOTE: Do not fit the resin airducts on the Warner back fairing yet before the fit is OK and smooth to prevent damage.
The back resin part was dry fitted.
Some removal of the area at the rear and sanding flat the round edges will
help here. When the fit is reasonable, fit with superglue. Filling the
gaps and sanding smooth is needed to get a flush result. I suggest to use
Scotch tape in the surrounding plastic areas to protect the surfaces from
too many scratches while sanding. The rear end particularly needs some
attention. Fill again, sand and repeat as often as necessary.
(25) Aft canopy
Fill and sand....
Fit the forward engine cowl and the
pilot instrument coverhood.
Now the two resin airducts on the
right and left side were fitted. The gaps were filled with white glue or
you can use fine putty.
The back area is now ready to get
a couple of coats of grey paint
The trailing edge flaps would be kept movable; this required filling and sanding the ejector pin marks in their interiors.
The gunports were closed up with filler as these are not present on the TBM-3W Warner and the wing leading edges sanded in profile shape. It was decided to have the wings unfolded in normal horizontal flying position, so all was glued fixed in place. It was decided not to use the metal strips for the wing folding gaps. The parts for the folding mechanisms were used however for strength.
( Please note that the main wing halves are not to be fixed to the model before the complete fuselage ready with all gaps filled and sanded in shape of the radar fit, belly and rear upper fuselage back. )
and next] Main assembly with wing halves, engine and cowling, smaller parts
Assembly the gears and stabilizers as shown. To the gearlegs, some hydraulics' tubing was added made from thin metal wire. NOTE: The gear legs were NOT yet added to avoid damage.
Assemble the various smaller parts
like D41, F14, B4 and anti-collision lights.
Fit some smaller airframe parts also at this stage.
Some putty was needed to fill small holes and also to fit them onto the stabilizer without gaps.
A peculiar Warner antenna should be fitted on on top of the vertical tail from sprue (leave for later).
That's it. Assembly is ready.
The clear areas were protected with
masking tape. The glazing required thus some masking.
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