Grumman TBF/TBM-3 Avenger USN 1/32 Scale Mahogany Model

$ 149.95

Introducing the ready-built ATBFBT Desktop Model. This 1/32 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 16.75 inches and a length of 12.75 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.

This collectable model TBF/TBM-3 Avenger represents the Navy’s torpedo bomber that sank the most powerful battleships ever built. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen, this 1/32-scale model TBF/TBM-3 Avenger makes a great pilot gift or a present for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff.

The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated as TBM by General Motors) was a torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps and was also used by a large number of air arms around the world.

Grumman's first torpedo bomber was the heaviest single-engine plane of World War II and it was the first to feature a new wing-folding mechanism intended to maximize storage space on an aircraft carrier.

The Grumman TBF Avenger entered service in 1942 and first saw action during the Battle of Midway.

On August 24, 1942, the next major naval battle occurred at the Eastern Solomons. With only the carriers USS Saratoga (CV-3) and Enterprise, the 24 TBFs present were able to sink the Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo and claim one dive bomber, at the cost of seven planes.

After hundreds of the original TBF-1 models were built, the TBF-1C began production. By 1943, Grumman began to slowly phase out production of the Avenger to produce F6F Hellcat fighters, and the Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors took over, with these aircraft being designated TBM. Starting in mid-1944, the TBM-3 began production with a more powerful engine and wing hardpoints for drop tanks and rockets. The dash-3 was the most numerous of the Avengers with about 4,600 produced. However, most of the Avengers in service were dash-1s until near the end of the war in 1945.

TBF/TBMs sank the two Japanese "super battleships", the Musashi and the Yamato.

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