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This build thread offering is for the seldom-seen (or modeled!) TBY-2 Sea Wolf Torpedo Bomber, originally designed to be a backup of Grumman's TBF/TBM Torpedo Bomber in case it didn't work out. Due to the lead time of requiring an entire factory to be modified to allow the build of this aircraft, and various other development delays, the first production TBY-2 was not delivered to the US Navy until November 1944, and, the TBF/TBM being pretty successful, the TBY-2 contact was cancelled. Interestingly, the TBY-2 had a newer, larger engine than the TBM, and was around 50 mph faster. The only remaining scrap of this aircraft type today, is a part of one canopy, and that is located at a budding Sea Wolf Museum in Allentown, PA, USA, where the type was built. Next, the parts. On the left, below, the Czeck Master kit, and the Pavla upgrade kit: Above right, the kit parts by themselves. You will notice that there is no engine, engine cowl ring, nor turret ring to be seen! As I had just bought this kit from HobbyLink Japan, I contacted them for help, and they contacted Czeck Master. CM requested a photo of the pieces I HAD (I suppose it would have been interesting to send them a picture of only the propeller?). But, of course, I did not, and eventually, they worked it out and the missing parts were forwarded from Japan by HLJ, within a matter of only a couple of weeks time. A shout out to Czeck Master and to HLJ for their fast response and help. I am a very happy camper, and recommend both companies for your future consideration. So, from the start of this kit to the present time, there has been some delay, even though I have been plugging along on it. It would have been a PITA to scratch-build the missing part, but as Tommy Thompson would say "That's no step for a stepper". However, during that time, while the build continued, some photos were unfortunately not taken, but that's not really fatal. Anyway, the only real source of data on this aircraft is the following book, copies of which are now approaching princely sums, but which are, nonetheless, VERY useful, if not indispensable: And, lest I forget, here are the items in the detail upgrade set from Pavla. There aren't a lot of parts, but they are very well molded, and do in fact, offer greater detail than the kit. Top left, is a new (and more accurate) cockpit floor, which also has a new bomb/torpedo bay roof molded on the underside, should you wish to open the weapons bay for detailing. I did not. Top right, there is also a better topside cockpit "shelf". In the center of the photo is a bulkhead designed to separate the torpedo bay from the rear gun compartment, It is the placement of this item, and the instrument panel which determines the fore-and-aft location of the new cockpit floor, and that little matter requires a lot of thought! Last, there is a new canopy. The TBY-2 kit, gives you two copies of all the needed clear parts, which is good. The problem is, the kit part canopies only allow you to build some serial numbers of aircraft, while the detail set canopy enable you to build the others (which were more prevalent!). In point of fact, the book says that the type of canopy in the detail set is the predominant type, and that the canopy type provided in the Czeck Master kit was only used on BuNo 30374, which is not correct. In their own book, they show at least two other buNo's with this type canopy, nos 30363 and 30361. Thankfully, 30461 is offered on the kit's decal set, so I went that route, rather than using the detail set's canopy. There may be other BuNo's also, but I didn't research further. Some preliminary work needed on the fuselage halves to use the detail set was removing part of the rear turret deck structure: After this is where some pictures were not, sadly, taken. This work, as stated above, involved the proper fore-and-aft placement of the cockpit floor, with regard to the placement of the rear torpedo compartment bulkhead and the instrument panel would all properly locate, and topside, as the where the roll-over cage and pilot's seat would properly line up. Well, I eventually figured it out, and so can you, if you build one of these. I will say that the kit's cockpit sidewalls are nicely detailed, and One could probably build a quite acceptable model, using just the original kit parts, but I will never know... Anyway, perhaps the following pictures showing the cockpit components installed into the fuselage halves will help out a bit: Top left, the important thing here is showing that the new upper canopy shelf hole for the rear turret must be enlarged to fit the kit's turret ring. Since I could find ZERO color pics of the cockpit, not much is known besides that fact that a lot of equipment was black... Above center, to get the roll-over cage to fit properly flat to the cockpit shelf or coaming, I actually had to chisel away some fine detail underneath it for a flat fit. Above right, the pilot's seat and control column has been added, along with seat belts made from strips of painted aluminum foil. I also spent some time adding some Mike Grant decals to the IP ( most of which will never bee seen) just because I hadn't done it in a while. There's a whole story with that, but perhaps we'll cover that another time... Also, it turns out that I should have installed the IP when the cockpit floor was put in, but it also turns out that it's possible to put it in after the fact -- just a lot harder! Well, that's enough for now. See you next installment, Ed