Grum­man TBF Avenger

Flight Journal - - REVIEW RUNWAY -

Dis­trib­uted by Aiken’s Air­planes, Flight Wing’s 1:18-scale static dis­play model is a replica of the Avenger flown by Lt. (j.g.) Ge­orge Bush. The Avenger has many mov­able parts and comes with a nicely ap­plied fin­ish. Priced at $198.95, the Avenger spans an im­pres­sive 36 inches and is 27.25 inches long and 9 inches tall at the top of the canopy. Three pos­able crew­men as well as a tor­pedo and eight wing-mounted rock­ets are in­cluded in the pack­age. The model looks very ac­cu­rate, and the colors used for the fin­ish match Fed­eral Stan­dard 595B color iden­ti­fi­ca­tion color chips. The wings are hinged, so they can be folded back into the stor­age po­si­tion. All three land­ing gear are re­tractable, and the tail­wheel can be canted left and right. The two large belly/tor­pedo bay doors are hinged and can be opened, and the in­cluded tor­pedo is molded with at­tach­ment brack­ets.

Over­all, I think the Grum­man TBF Avenger from Aiken’s Air­planes would make a nice ad­di­tion to any­one’s col­lec­tion if they have an in­ter­est in naval avi­a­tion his­tory, es­pe­cially those with a soft spot for our 41st pres­i­dent Ge­orge H. W. Bush.— Gerry Yar­rish

Bot­tom left: The Avenger is nicely de­tailed in­side and out. Here, you see the life­like in­stru­ment panel and the in­de­pen­dently slid­ing canopy pan­els. Bot­tom right: The ro­tat­ing aft gun tur­ret is a fo­cal point on the Avenger. It is nicely ap­pointed with ma­chine-gun and in­te­rior de­tail­ing.

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