AVENGER Assembled


Chris Jones has fun building and weathering Academy’s legendary 1/48 TBM-3 Avenger


Grumman’s TBF Avenger was one of the great warplanes of World War Two. Designed to replace the US Navy’s Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bomber, its initial sorties were against the Japanese invasion fleet at Midway on June 4, 1942.

Assembling the interior was a delight, thanks to the superb parts fit, and even without being painted the moulding quality and detail was apparent immediately.

Tragically, the six TBF-1s launched from the USS Hornet lacked fighter cover and were intercepted by patrolling Zeroes; five were shot down. Thankfully, lessons were learnt from this experience and ultimately, the Avenger went on to excel in anti-shipping, ground-attack and more diverse roles across the Pacific and other theatres. It also served in several Allied air forces, especially with Britain’s Fleet Air Arm (FAA). Indeed, this modeller is the proud grandson of a FAA pilot with Avenger hours in his log book!


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