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Whadda ya know a Wind Indicator- or HiPM 1/48 Vought SB2U Vindicator Build # 5


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Something from the early years of Flat top aviation. HiPM's 1/48 Vought SB2U Vindicator, or as the MArines liked to call it, The Wind Indicator. A limited run kit,we all know what THAT means, A challenge to say the least. i think I'll do it as the kit suggests and have it stationed Aboard the U.S.S. Ranger and do it in the Pre-war Colours, aluminum, chrome yellow, and green. Here's the break down...

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This should turn out nice and bright.

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11 minutes ago, SoftScience said:

Does this predate the Accurate Miniatures kit?

By about 10 years

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46 minutes ago, Wings unlevel said:

I have fears for how the engagement shown on the box art ended up! ūü§£

I doesn't bode well that's for sure

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And neither did this  build. Let's see what has transpired with all its twists,turns and pitfalls,,,, Believe me there were MANY.

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Starting with the office, The parts went together easily enough, But it turns out when the front and rear sections ate mated together the whole assembly was about 5 mm too long and would come anywhere' near fitting properly,( this will be a common theme with this kit.

Trimming each section until I had the proper fit. I joined the fuselage together and added the inner wing portions.

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 I wanted the wings extended so, since the kit  does have any  alignment pins I cut some spare card down and used as a joining brace for the outer wings.

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After that the fit goes downhill rapidly.

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 The port wing went on with out too much drama, but the Starboard wing had gaps bigh enough to drive a Mack truck through.

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Of course when the going gets tough, the tough, break out the BIG tube of filler.

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The top wing gap I glued a piece of plastic rod to give the filler something to stick to besides a big hole.

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Some masking tape to protect the panel lines as best as I can. I started the filling process.

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Over the span of a week ad a half, I'd fill sand, fill, sand... ad nauseum. But in the end I ended up with something that is beginning to look like a Windicator.

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Since I'm doing this a s a colourful pre- war example stationed aboard the U.S.S. Ranger The fuselage got a coat of aluminum, the wings and tail a pre coat of white then when that dried I mask off the fuselage and painted the wings Life Colour Chrome Yellow and the tail MRP Willow Green

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While all that was drying I separated all the canopy pieces. Again I didn't want to cover up the interior, so I carefully used a razor saw and separated into the individual pieces.

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I'll mask these off next and paint them aluminum.

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I remember the wonders of this kit when I built my Vindicator (mainly from the Accurate Miniatures kit). Most HiPM parts, that had a lot of flash on top of all other issues, went in the paint mule box. I was too concerned about what I see here: A model made up of filler. You're to be admired for the result so far!

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On 6/30/2024 at 11:20 PM, SoftScience said:

Super impressive how you pounded that into submission 

 

17 minutes ago, Toryu said:

I remember the wonders of this kit when I built my Vindicator (mainly from the Accurate Miniatures kit). Most HiPM parts, that had a lot of flash on top of all other issues, went in the paint mule box. I was too concerned about what I see here: A model made up of filler. You're to be admired for the result so far!

Thanks Guys. I've seen worse short run kits, but not by much.I daresay this will be the only HiPM kit I'll ever do. It's had its share of short comings.

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