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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
 Academy Plastics # acy12285
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  • Scale: 1/48
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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.

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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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"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 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

"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.

Over the past year or so I have assembled some fifty or more models This TBM model was probably the worst in my limited experience. The instructions were terrible. The decals refused to separate from the backing paper. I was using warm water which has always worked very well. This was my first and last Academy kit. Gary Richardson


  • 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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