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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1222
Grumman TBF Avenger Diecast Model
USN VT-15, White 93, USS Essex, Leyete Gulf, Battle of Leyete Gulf, November 1944

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


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In mid-May 1944 the USS Essex joined other carriers to carry out strikes on the Marcus and Wake Islands. In June and August Essex supported the occupation of the Marianas and carried out attacks on shipping around the Palau Islands and Mindanao in September. In October the USS Essex and VT-15 took part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and on November 5, 1944 TBF-1C Bu.No 46353 White 93's gunner was killed attacking an IJN Cruiser. On November 25 USS Essex was badly damaged by a Kamikaze aircraft.

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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