Grumman TBF-1C Avenger

by Scott Murphy




This is Accurate Miniatures 1/48 TBF-1C in markings from VT-10 of the USS Enterprise (CV-6). This particular aircraft took part in the Truk Lagoon raid on 16 February 1944.

As with most AM kits this one was beautifully detailed and went together nearly flawlessly. No filling was needed, just a little sanding of the seams after assembly.

I added a scratch built .50 cal installation to the port wing and opened a maintenance panel for the engine. The kit engine did not have any detailing on the rear so I substituted a Teknics one in it's place. Some detailing was also done in the cockpit and radio compartment.

Model Master II enamels throughout were used in the finishing of the kit. The forward cockpits of Grumman Avengers were painted "bronze green" instead of the more common  "interior green" so I mixed several enamels to simulate that color. I also used the decals provided in the kit. They were as good as any aftermarket set available so why not use them?

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