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theplasticsurgeon

Tim's AEW Avenger - COMPLETED

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As well as the Vigilante, I want to offer a WW2 tech project.

From a choice of many, I've settled for this Sword AEW Avenger.

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This my second Sword build,  my 8th Avenger.

Parts:

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Having done all the wartime schemes, this grey Canadian option grabbed me,

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Decals.

Sword-Avenger-Decals.jpg

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I suppose it would be inappropriate to say it reminds me of Mrs Jockney when she was carrying the twins.......

Well its a good job i didn't mention it then !

 

cheers Pat 

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A different take on a avenger, nice. An avenger about to have baby avengers!

 

I like your scheme choice, you don’t get many Canadian Navy subjects.

 

Rob

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Now the internal components, just before I assemble the fuselage around them.

Avenger-Internals.jpg

 

Here's a link to my previous Avenger build,  which also shows my previous Avengers.

 

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And pulling the fuselage together around it all.

Avenger-Fuselage.jpg

This build is cementing a 'poor-fit' reputation which I formed of Sword during my Seastar build last year.

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And now wings on, looking like an Avenger.  A long way to go yet.

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My thoughts so far:

No number tags on the sprues,   consult that spruemap a lot 😞

Very unclear diagrams showing assemble of the tail wheel.

This model can't be built with a turning prop,  I might modify that.

No guidance or location help with the nose-ring, it's a slightly wider intake below that at top.

Four parts each side to box-in the wheel-well, which then fouls the wing uppers - and required surgery.

Wing location slots far too tight for the tongues on the wings.  More trimming to fit ALL the control surfaces.

 

BUT a Sword Avenger this far in under 24 hours - challenging and rewarding.

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I think your doing a grand job of it, looking very good.

 

Rob

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So - this morning's session - Humbrolled 127.

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Then went out to see A4 Union of South Africa on Pad-Worc excursion, on my nearby railway.

Masked after lunch.

Avenger-Masked-U.jpg

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Then airbrushed Humbrol 164.

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Grand unmask and reveal later tonight.

 

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Looks really good Tim, I'd be happy with that as well

 

How will you do the canopy framing?

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4 hours ago, Romeo Alpha Yankee said:

How will you do the canopy framing?

I'm glad you asked😀  Timstyle.

 

Here's one I prepared earlier.

Tools for the job:  cutting board, scalpel, a steel straight edge, and some Tamiya masking tape.

Score the tape into thin strips, about matching the frame width.

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Next paint the tape external airframe colour.  Just one colour for the Avenger.

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Allow to dry for a couple of hours.  Dry to touch - but mot set hard.

 

Now use those strips of painted tape as stickers over your frames.

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Press down the frames a bit harder, at least 6 hours later. 

Touchup any filled in panels, and upto the lower boundary frame.

The purists will be howling that interior colour is wrong - but I'm not losing sleep over that, especially in 1/72!

And - I already did the inside lower sill on this Avenger with similar thin strips of black insulation tape.  It's visible.

 

My previous Avenger from 2018 - can you see the interior frame colour?

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A very quick method of framing, that I've used many times.

 

 

 

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Thanks Tim, I have heard about the method but never tried it myself. 

 

Thanks for the picture-gram :D

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She’s looking great with the paint and decals. Looking forward to seeing your framing method in action.

 

Rob

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Looking very nice!

 

so canopy framing, your just painting the tape and sticking it on?? This feels too simple! Like your tricking me. Great result!

 

Rob

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Undercarriage,

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And as you can see I've modified the prop to make it removeable (less fragile).

 

Followed by matting down, control surfaces, prop, exhausts

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Just a few aerials left now - before completion.

 

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That is a lovely looking AEW Avenger.

 

Complete with canopy tutorial - I will have to try that :)

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I like that 2-tone grey scheme.

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Super fast work again! Very intrigued by the canopy framing technique, and will shamelessly nick it for future employment! 

 

Alan

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Speedy and great work, lovely finish! 
 

Rob

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