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TBF-1/TBM-3 Landing Flaps
TBF-1/TBM-3 Landing Flaps for Hobby Boss kit
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by: Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]


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TBF-1/TBM-3 Landing Flaps
Destined to the Hobby Boss 1:48 scale Avenger kits, Eduard's photo etched Landing Flaps set comes in the usual plastic pouch of the Czech Manufacturer. The set is composed of two rather large PE frets which are protected by two cardboard sheets to prevent them from damage. A small A5 size construction notice is included as well.

The number of the parts is relatively low (14 in total) and I expect that building these flaps won't take more than a couple of hours. Of course, dedicated tools are needed (like flat pliers or a proper PE bending tool) as well as Cyanoacrylate cement (Super Glue) to get the best out of this set.

The low number of parts doesn't mean that the level of detail is basic, to the contrary, once assembled, there is nothing that can look closer to WWII aircraft flaps than those Eduard renderings... except for real flaps of course. From experience, I know that these sets are cleverly engineered and that they need a minimal amount of glue during the assembly. There is no reason to flood the parts with Cyanoacrylate cement to keep them together as this will eliminate the fine detail on the metal's surface. In most cases, the capilarity action of liquid CA glue is only what is needed to keep the pieces together.

Of course some parts of the original kit will have to be removed but this is cleary explained in the instructions. In most cases the stigmates on the model will be hidden by the new metal parts, so it won't represent a too difficult task to blend them in.

Conclusion
Eduard's TBF-1/TBM-3 Landing Flaps will constitute a very nice addition to every Hobby Boss Avenger. If you want to display your aicraft with the flaps down, there is no reason to hesitate as the PE parts represent a great improvment over the original kit parts. Highly recommended if you have the appropriate bending tools.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Impressive and realistic parts - Clever design.
Lows: Appropriate bending tools needed for construction - A somewhat pricey pleasure.
Verdict: Excellent set that will greatly enhance the look of the model.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 48626
  Suggested Retail: $ 34.95
  Related Link: TBF-1/TBM-3 Landing Flaps
  PUBLISHED: Nov 13, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.63%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.44%

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About Jean-Luc Formery (TedMamere)
FROM: MOSELLE, FRANCE

I'm mainly interested in WW2 aircraft and I build them in 1/48 scale.

Copyright 2019 text by Jean-Luc Formery [ TEDMAMERE ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.



   

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