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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1203
Grumman TBF Avenger Diecast Model
RNFAA, "Beryl the Peril", HMS Bulwark, Suez, 1957

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman TBF Avenger   6.75"   9"

The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm used the Grumman Avenger AS Mk. 4 as a stopgap measure while another more modern aircraft was being developed for anti-submarine warfare. In 1953 one hundred Avenger were acquired from the US and converted to meet British specifications . It came equipped with an AN/APS-4 radar pod fitted to the underside of the starboard wing . Some were assigned to HMS Bulwark with Carrier Codes B or O applied in black or white on the fin until in 1955 " Fairey Gannets " replaced them. The last Avenger was retired from British service in 1962.

During the Suez Crisis 1956-1957 the Avengers were used as submarine hunter-killers. They were equipped witha wide variety of weapons from rockets to torpedoes and bombs. Yellow and black stripes were applies on this aircraft as a means of recognition and this aircraft was named "Beryl the Peril". Beryl was a 1953 comic strip version of a female " Dennis the Menace".

Grumman TBF Avenger

Designed to replace the Douglas TBD Devastator, the TBF Avenger was first flown on August 1st, 1941. Capable of staging torpedoes, drop bombs and rockets, this single engine aircraft could also be outfitted with a combination of machine guns and cannons, which allowed it to act as a dogfighter. The robust Avenger design gave it the ability to withstand enemy air attacks and allowed it to serve throughout WWII, with dire consequences for the Japanese fleet. Postwar, the Avenger was still in service—retrofitted for other important functions including electronic warfare, anti-submarine warfare and target towing.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale TBF Avenger has a large, solid-metal wing, with only a small amount of plastic used on the metal fuselage. The large birdcage canopy can be removed to reveal pad printed dials and gauges, control stick, pilot and seat and radioman/bombardier seat. The non-movable framed rear ball turret has a rear facing machine gun, and the ventral gunner station has a machine gun and transparent widow. The bomb bay doors can be opened, and the model can be fitted with either four 500 lb bombs or a torpedo. Each release has an accurate pitot tube and radar antennas, and some releases include rockets and radar dome.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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