War Master 1:72 Scale Diecast Metal - Grumman TBF Avenger – Length: 6.5" Wingspan: 9”
The Avenger model is a 3 person airplane. The cockpit is glue shut. It has no pilot/crew figures included. The landing gear is optional and can be attached or omitted to display the model in in-flight configuration. The covers for the wheel wells are included. A display stand is included.
A Torpedo is included as well as the parts to model the bomb/torpedo bay opened or closed. There are some "issues" when one wants to attach the torpedo. As it turns out, the torpedo is incompatible with the stand. In other words, the torpedo when attached will interfere with the stand. Moreover, one wants to mount the model on the stand, it turns out that the model has to be posed with the bomb/torpedo bay in the opened position.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The maker of this model, War Master, did a good job with this model, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved). If you look carefully at the photos you will notice that the paint job has some weathering details, there are darker lines simulating wear/oil leakage along some panel lines to some very nice effect.
The box measures at 9.25 inches by 9 inches by 3 inches.
The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) was a torpedo bomberdeveloped initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air and naval aviationservices around the world.
The Avenger entered U.S. service in 1942, and first saw action during the Battle of Midway. Despite the loss of five of the six Avengers on its combat debut, it survived in service to become one of the outstanding torpedo bombers of World War II. Greatly modified after the war, it remained in use until the 1960s.