1/48 SB2U-2 Vindicator

Starting the 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SB2U-2 Vindicator and will be using the Eduard photo etch detail set. The scheme will be the Centaur Vampires of VS-72 assigned to the USS Wasp (CV-7) that operated in the Atlantic Ocean during WWII. The detailing of the cockpit in this kit is great and the photo etch details add a little more depth. The pilots section is done. Working on the rear cockpit now.

The cockpit is now complete and the fuselage is together. The cockpit was a little tight getting everything to fit but it is together. Now working on detailing the engine. Using 30 AWG wire, I am making the pushrods for the cylinders.


Weekly update on the SB2U-2. The engine has been detailed and painted. Next it was installed and the cowling was completed. The cowl consisted of 4 separate pieces and the fit was very good. Just juggling 4 pieces was a little difficult to get the alignment correct.  The landing gear was detailed, painted, and mounted. Now working on the bombs and mounts.


Work continues, the gun and bombs have been detailed. I painted the base coat on the aircraft. This is kind of a new area as I am trying out Vallejo paints for the first time. I usually use Model Master and Tamiya paints for many years. With Model Master now owned by Krylon, they are cutting back of many of the military colors. The Vallejo paints work very well and gives you a nice even coat.


It’s been a busy week with not a lot of build time. I was able to get all the initial painting done. Instead of using the decals I decided to paint the tail stripes. I mounted the gun and bombs. I am masking the canopy now with Kapton tape then on to decals.



Spent this morning finishing the SB2U-2 Vindicator. This kit was a very nice kit to build. Fit was very good. Aside from the photo etch set, The only other thing I did was make some decals. One is the VS-72 logo on the side of the fuselage and the prop decals.

2 thoughts on “1/48 SB2U-2 Vindicator

  1. After a many year break from modeling, I’m building an early F4F in 1/48 scale and was wondering about the colors that you used on the top and bottom. I’m using Valejo paints. By the way that’s a great looking model especially the cockpit and engine detail.

    1. Bill, I used Vallejo intermediate blue for the top and light gull gray for the bottom. Intermediate blue is 71.299 and light gull gray is 71.121.
      Thanks for the compliments and visiting! Dave

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