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Revell's 1/48 TBF Avenger

June 25 2012 at 8:49 AM
  (Login Dawes)
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This is a recent re-issue of what is evidently a very old kit. How does it hold up for overall accuracy?

 
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(Login Snake45)
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Overall shape isn't too bad.

June 25 2012, 9:07 AM 

There's little if any detailing in the way of cockpit, gear wells, or engine, and unless they've redone the wheels a la their F4U-4 rework, the wheels are too thin, resembling black nickels.

Also be advised that the thing is undersized at about 1/50 (apparently, so Monogram could cram it into their standard size box). This might or might not matter to you but the size difference will be apparent if you put it on the shelf next to an Accurate Miniatures Avenger.

IMHO this model is best taken as a fun nostalgia build, not something to lavish major attention upon.

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Im not sure its 1/50

June 25 2012, 10:13 AM 

As its bigger than the 1/50 Nichimo copy

 
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(Login Snake45)
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Well, last year...

June 25 2012, 10:49 AM 

...I measured both the Monogram and Lindberg Avengers against published specs for the real airplane. The Lindberg came in at 1/48 on the money and the Monogram came in at 1/50 on the money.




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Not sure the Lindberg kit is that good of a bench mark

June 25 2012, 10:55 AM 

I know the canopy must be at least 1/40 scale in width. I would be curious to see how the Monogram kit compares to the Copy Boss and AM kits.

 
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(Login Snake45)
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Didn't use the Lindberg kit as a "benchmark" for the Mono.

June 25 2012, 11:08 AM 

I measured both kits against the dimensions of the real thing.

The Lindberg canopy does look a bit oversized, but nowhere near 1/40 oversized.




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PJ Hawkey
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It's a nice TBF-shaped toy as much as anything. n/t

June 25 2012, 9:20 AM 



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(Login modeldad)
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If you are looking for some fun, this is it. But as a model of an Avenger

June 25 2012, 9:21 AM 

spend the money and get AM or Italeri, whichever is cheaper. HB did one also.

If all the parts are in the Revell kit, it had folding wings and dropping torpedo. I built quite a few when I got back into modeling.

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tomcervo
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You can still drop that fish!

June 25 2012, 10:16 AM 

http://manuals.hobbico.com/rmx/85-5259.pdf

It's all there. The decal sheet looks nice, but I doubt the Bush bird had as much personalizing as they give it here. Big mistake: They didn't include a GSB option for the younger set. One of the many smart things that 21st Century did was to always include an easier brush or rattlecan paint option.

 
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JimB.
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Ah Memories, Original had retracting Landing Gear and moveable turret/gun as well. :) n/t

June 25 2012, 12:56 PM 


 
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(Login Aeronautically_Challenged)
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What a shame that Hobbico et al would not reprint the awesome ORIGINAL manual...

June 25 2012, 3:49 PM 

Walmart's (oops I mean Hobbico's) copyright 2012 instruction manual for the Avenger is efficient, helpful, yada-yada, but... the 1960's original would make this ol' heart go pitta-patta (or howevvah they spellz it!).

Ya know... I just don't think these kit re-branders possess --nor will they truly "get"-- the nostalgia gene. It's either in your DNA, or it ain't.

 
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(Login modeldad)
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John, where in Boston?

June 25 2012, 3:55 PM 



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There is no such thing as an unbuildable kit, just some kits one may consider not worth building.

Ive realized that most people ... tend not to be direct when they feel something is shoddy because they want to be liked, "which is actually a vain trait".
[Walter Isaacson's (author of Steve Jobs) recounting of his interview with Jony Ive, Chief Designer at Apple @ page p. 461]



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'Dad, I'm near Boston College. Are you local nowadays? nt

June 25 2012, 4:08 PM 


 
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(Login modeldad)
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Wellesley, just off Rt. 9 then off Weston Rd. nt

June 25 2012, 4:39 PM 



Photobucket [linked image]

There is no such thing as an unbuildable kit, just some kits one may consider not worth building.

Ive realized that most people ... tend not to be direct when they feel something is shoddy because they want to be liked, "which is actually a vain trait".
[Walter Isaacson's (author of Steve Jobs) recounting of his interview with Jony Ive, Chief Designer at Apple @ page p. 461]



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(Login MrNostalgia)
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It's not that bad of a kit....

June 25 2012, 12:29 PM 

...but as has been discussed, the kit's design is very dated. It was part of the first generation of Monogram's plastic aircraft kits, and back then, operating features were expected to make the kit more attractive to young boys. And all of us probably staged Pacific air battles in the backyard with this and the other kits.

I also agree with Snake, it's not quite 1/48, whether compared to plans, or compared to other, later Monogram kits that are accepted to be correct in 1/48. Even the figures are too small for 1/48.

And the original kit wheels are too thin, yes. They were the same wheels on Monogram's F6F kit, too.

But it's a fun build, especially for us old-time nostalgia builders, and it's a great opportunity to exercise your scratchbuilding skills. The interior calls for detailing, because so much of it is visible. And you can leave the rear door open, and detail the tail station.

If you're looking to buy it, though, you might want to look for a cheaper copy on the secondary market, eg, eBay or at shows. I have a couple of these in my stash, and I only buy them when I can get the kit for ten bucks or less.

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(Login mo49)
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Medallion Models did a really nice update for this...

June 25 2012, 12:58 PM 

many years ago. It's worth locating if you decide to forgo the play features and want to get it a bit up to par with regards to details. I'm sure you could find one CHEAP here or on any other forum.

Later,

Lee

 
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Al Grimm
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That's what I used to make this . . .

June 25 2012, 1:44 PM 

way back in 1996, just before the Accurate Miniatures kit came out. A lot of work but a fun build. Yes, I know, the wheel wells should be white.

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(Login mo49)
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Superb work, Al!!! n/t

June 25 2012, 2:09 PM 


 
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(Login A5mobster)
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Al, I still recall that build like it was yesterday

June 25 2012, 8:24 PM 

Perhaps the best Monogram Avenger ever- it took builds of the Acc Min kit to eventually reach that level.

Cheers- former Indy NW sider.

 
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(Login EdKeene)
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In 1958 it was the coolest thing I ever saw!

June 25 2012, 1:11 PM 

I bought one when I was 8 and still remember it. Monogram at that time.

 
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(Select Login CSMO)
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O/K except for the useless and fragile wing hinges.

June 25 2012, 1:20 PM 

Monogram's Carrier Air Group models were cutting edge back in the late 1950s. Adios, Larry.

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(Login nametaken)
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What's it retail for now?

June 25 2012, 2:22 PM 

I just sold my Ghost Squdron issue along with the Nichimo copy for 5 bucks each. I was thrilled to get that. So what do the guys at Revell think it is worth these days. happy.gif

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(Login djnick66)
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about $16

June 25 2012, 3:54 PM 

The nice thing with the current issues of all these kits is the good quality plastic and decals. The old brittle, translucent, navy blue and black plastic was just nasty.

 
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(Login plasticslave)
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I have an SB2C of the same era,

June 25 2012, 4:35 PM 

and have no intention to build it. Any takers?

 
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(Login mo49)
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Email sent....I'd like to get this for my oldest nephew n/t

June 25 2012, 10:58 PM 


 
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Monogram NavAir

June 26 2012, 9:45 AM 

I did these for my presentation at the Omaha Nats. It was the most fun I've had building models in years. I just did the basics and tried to keep all the working features as much as possible.

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