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Matt_L

Azur / Accurate Miniatures Vought Vindicator 1/48 - Finished!

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Hello,

I'm happy to share my completed Azur Vindicator. It's a lovely kit to build, matching original Accurate Miniatures parts with new Azur wings, resin and etch to create a French naval version.

It took a little while, with breaks for holidays etc, and the full WIP is here.

Hope you enjoy it, and welcome all constructive comments as ever.

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The last image is also in the WIP, but shows the amount of interior detail on offer, and much stays visible.

Take care,

Matt

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It is a very detailed model you show us Matt.

I must admit that the detail level is really amazing.

Would you be so kind and tell us more about the differences

between the US and the French version?

I think I once heard that the Vindicators delivered to the French lacked

the central line bomb launcher because it was top secret; in this case how was it possible to dive bomb?

I have, in my stash, the Accurate Miniatures SBU-1.

It will be built in American pre-war scheme with yellow wings.

I really do LOVE yellow wings aircraft.

Congratulations for your outstanding model Matt.

:wow: :wow: :wow:

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I agree with Polo. An absolute outstanding model! Very nice!

:cowboy:

Andy

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Lovely piece of work there! Never seen that variant before - interesting.

Love the roundel colouring carried across onto the dive brakes = excellent.

Cheers

Rick

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I am glad that you finally got it finished. It is a truly great build of a somewhat complicated subject. WELL DONE SIR !! Bob H.

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Many thanks for the kind words everyone, I enjoyed this build and i'm glad you have too.

Would you be so kind and tell us more about the differences

between the US and the French version?

I think I once heard that the Vindicators delivered to the French lacked

the central line bomb launcher because it was top secret; in this case how was it possible to dive bomb?

Thanks Polo1112, I'd love to see your Yellow Wings era build here some day. From what I've read from many sources, you are correct that the French version had a different dive bombing kit, with no telescopic site in the windscreen and very unique dive brakes. It also had French cockpit instrumentation, and reversed throttle controls, and a different rear MG - a Darne(?) rather than a Browning. There may well be more differeces.

Sadly for those flying it, one commonality with the USN version was that it was terribly vulnerable to modern fighters and operated against huge odds.

I agree with Polo. An absolute outstanding model! Very nice!

Much appreciated Andy

What no likes yet ?

Great model anyways !!

Not here for the likes, but I always appreciate people's feedback. Thank you Occa

Beautiful build and finish :thumbsup:

Steve, you are very kind, quite pleased that I mastered the airbrush for a long enough period to get a result near to I imagined it should be. Must buy a compressor one day.

looks great, nice work

Thanks Batcode

Lovely piece of work there! Never seen that variant before - interesting.

Love the roundel colouring carried across onto the dive brakes = excellent.

Cheers

Rick

Thanks Rick, I get drawn to the obscure now and again! I can't tell you how much fun the etch for those dive brakes was... :fraidnot:

I am glad that you finally got it finished. It is a truly great build of a somewhat complicated subject. WELL DONE SIR !! Bob H.

Same here Bob, many thanks. It is a lovely kit with no real problems, but that complexity did see it get put to one side a few times.

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Cracking build that.

Love the shot of the cockpit before assembly, real dedication ad skill to do that.

Colin

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I agree with all thats been said.Nice to see less well known aircraft of WW2. :goodjob:

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