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  1. Hello, Here is a construction that I did for a group build about Midway. I have done the minimum to furnish this empty model which was designed in 1963: I used a dry point to engrave the structural panels of the model, and sanded the surfaces studded with oversized rivets. I interpreted the Aichi green with Gunze H302, and took the interior of the panels (wings and fuselage) with the colour added with yellow. Not obvious in the photos, but the effect is there. All markings are done with paint and covers, only the drift codes are painted decals. Here is the Airfix crude engine: I took the profile of the engine cover, as it looked very similar to that of an A6M2; The type 92 machine gun is made from scratch: I redid the fork of the bomb thrower: It is better this way, although the lower radiator should have been open in the middle. I added the gonio frame to the underside, too. On June 4, 1942, around noon, eighteen Val of the Koku Sentai of the IJN Hiryu attacked the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Will this Kanbaku escape the flak of the Yorktown and its battle group? 😋 Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  2. Good morning, all. I bought this Vindicator HiPM kit in ...1996: Even two, in fact, because a shop was offering a very attractive price during a sale at that time. I understood why this model had to be left on their hands. It's a good short run for families: At the time it was the only SB2U available in 1/48 scale. Accurate Miniature has since released one, which has been taken over by Azur in a French version. So why do I want to build this one? Because it's unsaleable. Because I don't like to throw things away, especially at a time when we're so used to recycling. Because I own it for my Midway theme. Because I'm not afraid of chips. I don't dwell on the history of the aircraft, and I get my hands dirty. A lot of deburring has to be done on the parts, especially to get something presentable in the cockpit: I thought I would refrain from using evergreen, but now I can't ignore the obstacle: Here is a picture of the bath before painting, just to keep a white memory: Working with multiple materials, to vary the techniques (and pleasure!😆). I only kept the plastic rectangle which suggests the body of the machine gun. The barrel is made of tubes. The "turd" behind the headrest is the dinghy storage bag. I used the box piece that I worked and wrapped in a piece of plastic bag, all glued with cyano. The drape with the folds stands out in the paint. I have included some boxes and other controllers, the radio block: Painted with a roller: HiPM did not show the windows under the cockpit, I added them: I upgraded the engine cover with the long air intake from the model 3: I made a cast of some parts of the Accuratre Miniature kit, like the landing gear struts: Here is the result: On the morning of 4 June 1942, the crew of 2LT J.Cosley and gunner PFCC.E Cayer were about to take to the air in the SB2U Vindicator, serial number 2094 and registration 7 in VMSB-241: The plane is soiled with dust from the Midway runways: The Vindicator will take off with a 225 kg (500 lb) bomb, as it does not have enough power to carry a 454 kg (1000 lb) bomb: Enjoy. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  3. Hello to all, I just finished this Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat during my participation to a Group build dedicated to the eightieth commemoration of the battle of Midway on a French forum. I used a resin Aires set: And this is the result: This F4F Wildcat buAer 5245 was listed in the VF-3 squadron embarked on the CV-3 Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, I have not found the name of the pilot. I hope you like it. Regards, Eric-Snafu35
  4. Hi, I have just finished Vought SB2U3 Vindicator, model by MPM (No 72087) . It is previous kit of this airplane by MPM/SH/Azur concern, however its late edition with injected canopy (firstly it was vacu). It has some flaws which I have tried to improve (those, which I recognized... ) . I repleced air intake, made air outlet in front of windscreen, add intake on lower part of cowling, added landing light and gun shell output (Techmod PE part). I used also Techmod masks for canopy and rubber sidewalks decals (the original one were stright, so of wrong shape). I added false (ie. made of decal ) bottom windows just behind cowling on a fuselage (not my prfferable, but I realize on this flaw of model very late). Model presents machine from U.S. Marines VMSB-241 ("sons of Satan") unit from begining of July 1942 during Battle of Midway, pilot James H. Marmande, who lost his live in that battle (RIP). Here is more detials from use of Vindicator in Midway https://www.vought.org/special/html/ssb2u2.html. The real thing photos of poor quality are available in Net Here she is: This is my first finished model sicne June and #6th of new this year (plus one more rebuild). Not the best year... Comments welcome. Best regards J.W.M.
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