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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"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.

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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 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

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

"Big beautiful bird"
Everything fits brilliantly, once you figure out how it fits. I read these reviews before ordering it. Crude cave drawings is a fair assessment. Once you crack the code, it goes together, it might take an hour or three to fit a piece, but that's the challenge. The details are amazing. It's worth the extra time and effort.


  • 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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