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PostPosted: 07 Oct 2018, 16:03 
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So, the model shop at the China Mall closed down - got one of their kits on sale. The Trumpeter SBD-2 Dauntless. The SBD-2 is the earlier version used by the Navy and was equipped with a single machine gun operated by the radio operator / gunner - unlike the twin .30 on the SBD-3/4. The SBD (unofficially "Slow But Deadly") turned the tide of the Pacific War and had many successes.

Trumpeter must've had their A-team on this kit. All I can say is what a pleasure. Everything fit really well, surface detail is great, interior detail OOB is totally acceptable. I built this in 2.5 months - a nice simple quick build. I can recommend this kit without reservation. Unlike may 32nd scale kits, this is a relatively simple build. I was eager to move onto each next stage of assembly as I was having so much fun.

Pic of kit box :

Image20181007_155423 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

I found some beautiful colour images of SBDs from LIFE Magazine and wanted to replicate one of these weathered beauties :

Imagesbd-dauntless-paint-schemes-awesome-126-best-sbd-dauntless-images-on-pinterest-of-sbd-dauntless-paint-schemes by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 07 Oct 2018, 16:10 
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Here're some examples of the nice OOB interior detail. Primer green is a mix of 40% XF-4 yellow green / 40% XF-5 flat green / 20% XF-20 medium grey - all Tamiya enamels. I used those neat little AirScale placards to add interest.

Left side cockpit wall :

Image20180906_182301 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Right side cockpit wall

Image20180906_182249 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Floor and bulkheads - seats not yet in

Image20180906_182326 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Instrument panels and radio rack :

Image20180906_182228 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Image20180906_205131 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Image20180906_205056 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Image20180906_205107 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 07 Oct 2018, 16:21 
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What seemed to be quite characteristic was the extreme weathering on the inboard wing leading edges. This weathering went through the primer down to the bare metal. According to some references, the ground crew would be positioned in these areas to assist with the engine starting by operating the starter crank. Anyway, I decided to try to replicate this which proved to be tricky. Process as follows :
Spray base of X-11 silver
Cover with hairspray
Apply yellow primer (Tamiya XF-4 yellow green)
Rub of randomly with water and toothbrush
Protect this layer with a few coats of Tamiya X-22 acrylic varnish - this is important otherwise the next scrub will remove more of the yellow than you want.
Then repeat the process by applying hairspray
Apply blue-grey camo
scrub off randomly with water and toothbrush.
It's good to take a photo after the first step so that you know where the bare metal-yellow patches are.

Image20180915_120606 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Image20180915_120619 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Image20180915_155339 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

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PostPosted: 07 Oct 2018, 16:33 
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Here's the kit engine - I added thin solder wiring which took all of 30 minutes :

Image20180906_181952 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

The blue-grey upper surface colour tended to fade in the Pacific sun. From the reference images courtesy of LIFE, one can see that the previous squadron codes had been over sprayed with a darker blue. The aircraft also showed a really variable patchy colouring around the forward fuselage and inboard wings.

I first applied X-11 silver. Then hairspray followed by the base blue-grey coat. I then use a sharpened toothpick to scratch the surface randomly around typical wear areas such as the crew access step and along the cockpit sills.

Base colour mixes are : 50% XF-19 grey and 50% white for the undersides and 40% XF-18 blue / 60% white for the upper surfaces (Tamiya enamels of course !). I then followed this with random patches of the base colour darkened using various quantities of dark grey and black. The faint exhaust staining was done using highly thinned XF-20 grey. I masked off various wing panels and airbrushed subtle variations of the base colour - lt's important not to overdo the effect - less is more. This was then followed by dark grey random pastelling around wear areas and along the junction between the inboard and outboard wing sections.

ImageIMG_5859 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

The underside was treated to raw umber pastel to replicate leakage of hydraulic fluids. This was randomly applied around the various panels and access hatches :

ImageIMG_5854 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5846 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5845 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5844 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5843 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5842 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 07 Oct 2018, 16:39 
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I like the way the red airbrake insides offset the otherwise dull camouflage :

ImageIMG_5856 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

The bombs were painted in Tamiya XF-62 olive drab follow by hairspray and then a much lightened mix using XF-62/XF-4 mix. Water / toothbrush treatment then followed by random pasting / Tamiya black wash. These bombs would have been stored in metal racks or on top of each other and showed significant signs of wear :

ImageIMG_5850 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5855 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 07 Oct 2018, 16:43 
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The only decals I used were the small "7" each side of the engine cowl and the two small text decals either side of the udder/vertical stabiliser. The national insignia and large fuselage "7" were masked and airbrushed. I think this is necessary considering the amount of recessed riveting - decals would just not do the kit justice.

ImageIMG_5848 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5849 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5858 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5860 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_5861 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

So there you have it - another one done - great kit !! :D


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PostPosted: 08 Oct 2018, 11:53 
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Stunning Mistral.

Damn shame the shop closed down.


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PostPosted: 22 Oct 2018, 18:59 
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Another amazing build, you captured the look in those photos perfectly!


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