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1/72 scale modelling on the front line
Grumman TBF-1 Avenger

by Richard Kern


Grumman TBF-1 Avenger


Academy's 1/72 scale TBF-1 Avenger is available online from Squadron.com




Here are some pictures of my TBF-1 Avenger I recently completed while at Camp Anaconda in Balad Iraq.

It is the Academy 1/72 Scale kit and its the first time to use my Iwata Airbrush to freehand a camoflauge paint scheme.

The three tone scheme was exciting to do and I'm pleased with the overall finish. The kit is a good little kit, but does lack interior details and a scale canopy. As modeling supplies are limited in Iraq we make do with what we can get through customs.



I shot the pictures on the flight line to add a little realism.

I really had fun with the kit and my new airbrush (Much better than my old Vega donated to me by my friend Josh Bowlin).

I hope you enjoy the pictures, they were as fun to take as the aircraft was to build.


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TBF/TBM Avenger Units of WW2
Combat Aircraft 16
Author: Barrett Tillman
Illustrator: Tom Tullis
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: 12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 October 15 1999
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841763632
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Text, Images and Model Copyright 2004 by Richard Kern
Page Created 23 October, 2004
Last Updated 24 October, 2004

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