Avenger TBM-3W Warner AEW model kit in 1/32 scale, (Marine Luchtvaart Dienst MLD)
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The planes also had a medium blue propeller hub with light grey blades and yellow bladetips.
The colours were applied with the
First apply the lighter Sky, mask with Tamiya tape and then the darker Sea grey.
After putting on these colours, several "stripes" of mat black were again free hand applied at some areas, especially at the panel lines. Again, the Sly and grey colours were applied and you get a fading effect.
Also, some panels were separately
sprayed by added in some white in the colour and spraying it with some
dedicated masking at the panel.
The decals came from a variety of
sources, such as Dutch Decal, the spares box
and the Dutch IPMS. The roundels are quite
big. Note that particular Dutch Avengers had different sized and schemes
depending on the time period. You can see Avengers with large KON.MARINE
texts, but also small texts as on the model below the stabilizer.
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".
After the decals were applied, the overall model was finished. The gear, stabilizers and other details already prepared were added.
The wing ends were kept movable on this model to save cabinet space while in house on dispaly. I used two metal wires to tight the wing halves to the stabilizer tips when folded. The wing can thus also be shown on horizontal position !
When dry, clean up all residue from the decal solvents and remove any dust. Spray the overall model with a coat of Johnson Future mixed with about 15% Tamiya matting agent to get a very nice overall semi-gloss sheen on the model. It will also protect the model decals.
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