TBM-3 Avenger Bunker Hill

This is the 1/48 Scale TBM-3 "USS Bunker Hill" Plastic Model Kit from Academy. Suitable for Ages 14 & Up.

Academy TBM-3 Avenger Bunker Hill Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #12285
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
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"Fine model of the TBM-3"
It was a really great kit to work with. The details were amazing, and the build was quite excellent. Had a little tough time assembling the turret, but was worth the time. I was quite surprised to see that the TMB was larger than most planes. Decals were also nice to work with, and is a great addition to my collection. Once colored, it looks really great. Totally worth the price.

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  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in gray and clear.
  • Detailed cockpit.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.


  • Scale: 1/48


One plastic model

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"best build ever, even with the odd instructions"
I have built model aircraft for over sixty years. This is the best aircraft kit in 1/48th scale I have ever build, period. Every single part fit together properly, once I figured out how from the strange instructions. I believe that the illustrator was doing has job in another language I had a hard time understanding. There is a support piece for the turret I still haven't figured out how to place it. I spent more time on this kit deciphering the plans. All the time was worth it. the cockpit/fuselage was done extremely well, as were the bomb bay and bottom turret, and landing gear. It was fun and satisfying to do. Not for beginners or those who don't need no instructions.

"Be prepared."
Bkeen76 (Rocky Mount, NC)
I'll give it 5 stars for the amazing detail. Truly a very intricate model with tons of fine detail. However the instructions fall short. The instructions seem to relate to crude cave drawings but is you have patients and dry fit pieces into place before cementing you will get through it and don't be afraid to google other peoples builds. But I would definitely build this kit again and recommend it.

"THE best 1/48 Avenger kit"
This kit is a reissue of the original Accurate Miniatures kit, which was stunning in its detail and accuracy when it was released years ago, and is still the best Avenger in this scale. It should be attempted only by experienced modelers who have the patience to follow instructions, as AM kits are complex, exceptionally well engineered, and do not respond well to modelers whose first move is to toss the instructions aside because I don't need no stinkin' instructions ;) One area that caused some headscratching is the rear turret installation. It CAN BE installed after the fuselage is assembled, but requires a bit of finesse and patience to keep from ruining it. A complex kit requires complex instructions, and can be a bit involved. AM kits require more time studying the assembly than most. A web search for Accurate Miniatures TBM TBF Avenger build yields both articles and videos. Informative detailed build narratives can be found at http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/builds/am/build_am_480120.shtml http://www.hyperscale.com/features/2000/avengerrl_1.htm If the instructions are followed, the results are magnificent out of the box, and with some attention to some minor weathering, a masterpiece can be the result


  • One decal sheet with markings for 2 versions
  • 1) TBM-3 U.S.S. Bunker Hill
  • 2) TBM-3 U.S.S. Essex

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