TBF1 Avenger US Bomber

This is the Academy TBF-1 Avenger US Navy Torpedo Bomber 1/72 scale plastic model airplane kit.

Academy TBF1 Avenger US Bomber Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #12452
 Academy Plastics # acy12452
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 4-1/2" (112mm) (approximately)
  • Width: 9-1/4" (233mm) (approximately)
  • Height: 1-3/4" (43mm) (approximately)
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"Basic Kit - Low stress build"
This is a basic kit, good for a low stress build over a weekend or so. The fit is good, with the exception of the canopy. There was a gap between the canopy and the fuselage after mating the two. A little white glue filler addressed the worst of it. The detail is basic though there is good panel line engraving in my opinion.

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  • Plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in grey..
  • The surface of the plane is decorated with fully engraved pane lines and rivet detail..
  • Highly detailed cockpit interior includes a pilot and controls..
  • At the end of the long windowed cockpit a clear bubble houses a sea from which a deadly machine gun may be fired at the enemy..
  • Authentic engine assembly with propeller..
  • Sports optional position landing gear..
  • Clear plastic canopy allows close inspection of cockpit..
  • Includes a grey plastic stand for display purposes..
  • Detailed pictorial instructions guide you through assembly..


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 4-1/2" (112mm) (approximately)
  • Width: 9-1/4" (233mm) (approximately)
  • Height: 1-3/4" (43mm) (approximately)


One 1/72 Plastic TBF-1 Avenger US Navy Torpedo Bomber

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"Simple price for a simple model"
kennethlinger (Raleigh, NC)
straight from the box, you can tell its very simple and the complexity is minimal. Each piece fit very well with very little filler and sanding. Detail is lacking but for the price and size its expected. Overall it was fun to build and thoroughly enjoyed it.

"Nice Kit by Academy"
Academy makes good, basic kits and this TBF1 kit is no different. Clear instructions, good fit and even includes a pilot figure. It is an easy build and no complicated small detail pieces that would probably not be seen anyway. I added a second crew figure that I had in my miscellaneous parts box. You really cannot go wrong with this model. Well worth the price.

"long lived mould... Still buildable though!"
jclemente1980 (Coimbra, Portugal)
So, I've built this kit long time ago, when it had another box... But I googled it, and it is still the same mould, the same parts. The fitting is nice, the engine is not complex, but has enought details... The cockpit could be more elaborate, but its not bad, even if it has a lot of clear, we dont see that much unless we really look for. It is a simple kit, of a complex airplane. The heavyest one engine bomber that fooled the japanese airforce, who thought it was a fighter, and placed relaxed behind them... and didn't knew what hit them, didn't expected the rear pointing machine guns. It was projected after the pear harbour attack, it was meant to avenge them. It did its job. Even if the kit is not that elaborate, Its nice to start with, to have it even if it is your one time model.


The TBF-1 Avenger was available in sufficient numbers to be present for the outbreak of WWII despite the fact that it only made its first flight on 1 August 1941. The Avenger was especially popular because it could carry a full size submarine torpedo. This requires a weapons bay capable of carrying up to 2,000 pounds of bombs or other weapons. The Avenger also carried more defensive armament than many craft. The Avenger remained in use both during and after World War II.


  • One Decal Sheet with Markings for One Aircraft
  • 1: TBF-1 Avenger US Navy Torpedo Bomber
  • Airframe and Detail Colors: Dark Blue, Intermediate Blue, Yellow, White, Black


  • Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children..
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives..
  • Modeling paint should only be used by an adult in a well-ventilate area..

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