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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"A brilliant reproduction"
BlucherFamily (Overland Park, KS)
This kit is a brilliant reproduction of the TBM-3. The detail is impessive and the build smooth with clear intruction. Parts come cleanly of the sprues and fit well wit out any difficulties. The result is very lifelike and a fine addition to anyone collection.

"In the box review"
In The Box Review: Received this kit yesterday. The kit is awesome, with a LOT of detail. But I could only give it 4 stars because of the instructions. They are very lacking. The decals beautiful and include a lot of the tiny little notations found on airplanes. I've used Academy's decals previously on the SBD and they were wonderful. I expect the same from this set. Recommended for experienced modelers.

"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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