Avenger TBM-3W Warner AEW model kit in 1/32 scale
Dutch Naval Air Arm (Marine Luchtvaart Dienst MLD)
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As noted, the blue scheme was picked and the colour applied with the airbrush.
The landing gear wheels were simply
added as per kit instructions; some hydraulic lines were added made from
thin metal wire.
The MLD squadron VSQ 2 has the squadron marking on the left side in front of the wind screen (not sure if it is fitted on both fuselage sides...). This emblem was scanned from a book, and reduced in size to 1/32 scale with the computer graphics program. It was printed on a clear and a white Bare Metal foil decals sheet. Varnished with MicroScale Decal coat, cutt in two and applied.
Before application of the decals, put on a gloss varnish (Johnson Future) to avoid "silvering".
I found the Flevo Decals very very
thin and they are quickly damaged. Apply directly on the right spot on
the model as much as possible. I also found that the lettering and numering
decals are a bit oversized, not a lot can done about it and only an expert
After the decals were applied, the overall model was finished:
- Add some "no steps" and white markings
here on the walkways, these came from decals from the spares box.
Also, the details on Warners vary,
some have extra antennas depending on the modification and period they
When dry, clean
up all residue from the decal solvents and remove any dust. Spray the overall
model with a coat of Johnson
Future/Pledge to get a very nice overall gloss sheen on the model.
It will also protect the model decals.
The home printed VSQ-2 squadron marking and nose of the Warner. The cockpit seat is bare as the pilot would bring in the survival pack himself.
. Main gear with few break lines from wire
A lot of
work but a special 1/32 model
Do you want to attempt modelling a Warner in this 1/32 scale yourself, look for my home made conversion set here at the INFORMATION & ORDER PAGE
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