Grumman TBF-1 Avenger
by William Turner
images by Gary Zuercher
Here is Accurate Miniatures' 1/48 scale TBF-1C, back converted to the TBF-1. This involved replacing the kit's starboard cowling and adjacent fuselage decking with the KMC resin pieces with 30 cal. cowling gun.
Other modifications included:
Model Master enamels were used with faded blue grey top and gull grey bottom; interior green bomb bay, radio compartment and turret; and bronze green cockpit (Humbrol #88). Decals are from Aeromaster. Pre-shading was used, with weathering from artist oil washes, pastels and dry brushing.
This model depicts an aircraft from VMSB-131, the first Marine squadron to be equipped with the TBF. Their TBF-1s had the second cockpit position fitted with various electronic gear, with the seat removed. This is depicted in the model.
The group photo shows the squadron's surviving pilots at the end of their Guadalcanal - Espiritu Santo tour (Nov. 1942 - May 1943).
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Text Copyright © 2001 by William Turner