Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA1219
Grumman TBM-3 Avenger
White 86 of VC-88, USS Saginaw Bay, March 1945
Die-cast metal.
Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.
Pre-painted with pad applied markings.
Fully assembled.
Weapons are not permanently attached
Bomb bay can be displayed open or closed.
Display stand included.
Option to display model with wheels up or down.
Minimum use of plastic.
Very collectable.
Specifications for the Avenger
General characteristics -
Crew: 3
Dimensions -
Length: 40 ft. 11.5 in. (12.48 m)
Wingspan: 54 ft. 2 in. (16.51 m)
Height: 15 ft. 5 in. (4.70 m)
Wing area: 490.02 ft. sq. (45.52 m sq.)
Weight -
Empty: 10,545 lb. (4,783 kg)
Loaded: 17,893 lb. (8,115 kg)
Power plant: 1 Wright R-2600-20 radial engine producing 1,900 hp  
(1,420 kW)
Performance -
Maximum speed: 276 mph (444km/h)
Range: 1,000 miles  (1,610 km)
Service ceiling: 30,100 ft  (9,170 m)
Rate of climb: 2,060 ft/min  (10.5 m/s)
Wing loading: 36.5 ft-lbf sq  (178 kg/m sq)
Armament -
1x 0.30 cal (7.62 mm) nose-mounted machine gun
2 x 0.50 cal (12.7 mm) wing-mounted machine guns
1 x 0.50 cal (12.7 mm) dorsal-mounted machine gun
1 x 0.30 cal (7.62 mm) ventral-mounted machine gun
Up to 2,000 lb  (900 kg) of bombs
1 x 2,000 lb (900 kg) torpedo
Just prior to the start of WW II the USN started to look for a replacement for their aging
Douglas Devastator. Grumman made a presentation of a prototype labeled as XTBF-1 that
impressed the USN and they placed an order to purchase. The plane was perfect for the
Navy needs, a huge rotary engine that was enclosed in a barrel like fuselage to cut down on
drag, and with some increase in the fuselage and wing lengths would accommodate a three-
man crew. Production on what was now officially known as the TBF/TBM Avenger and
would come to receive the affectionate name of “The Turkey” from the pilots that flew them
began in 1941 with first delivery just in time for the Battle of Midway in June 1942. What
started out as a carrier borne torpedo bomber soon turned into a close-support bomber, a
patrol aircraft and even a trainer.


From January 1945 until March 1945 the USS Saginaw Bay provided air cover for the
invasion of Iwo Jima and VC-88 lost one TBM-3. March 1, 1945 the 5th Fleet begins its raids
on the Ryukyu Islands in preparation for the major assault on Okinawa. On March 24, 1945,
one day before the start of the invasion USS Saginaw Bay arrived on station off Okinawa
and provided air support to the invading forces with VC-88 losing one TBM-3. USS Saginaw
Bay left for the U.S. on April 29, 1945.
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