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  1. 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
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