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This is Accurate Miniatures' 1/48 TBF-1C. It is possibly one of
the most beautiful plastic aircraft kits ever produced in modeling
And among these great kits I especially like the two-tone colour
scheme of the ASW TBF-1C of the Atlantic Theatre.
However my example of this extraordinary kit was released under
the Hasegawa label and the instruction sheet is the Japanese
version. The drawing could be only described as "awful" - far worse
than the original English version found in the AM boxes, and some
area of the building sequence are quite orthodox.
The construction was straightforward but I found installing the
ball turret was somewhat tricky.
Eduard's PE set 48-187 was used to enhance the interior and I
found it one of the best set designed by Eduard. They also has
48-189 for flaps, but I did not bother to cut the flaps open.
Markings and Finishing Details
The single decal option by Invisaclear in my example suffered
heavy cracking and silvering. The adhesive on the backing paper
seemed too weak. A coat of Microscale's "super film" solved the
first problem but the second one forced me to try my hand on the
most risky method I know. After all the major decals (insignia,
numbers,etc.) were done, the stenciling was positioned carefully and
when they were half dry, with extreme care, I sprayed few coats of
strong solvant (Tenax 7) to get these tiny decals melted into the
And it worked!
Other additional work included replacing kit part for the
ignition harness and fuel lines with various copper wire and
aluminium foils as tiny clips between them.
Antenna wire was made from 0.1mm monofilament thread and fixed
in position by super glue.
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