Revell's 1/48 TBF Avenger

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Revell's 1/48 TBF Avenger

Joined: December 28th, 2004, 11:50 pm

June 25th, 2012, 12:49 pm #1

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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Joined: February 24th, 2002, 12:50 pm

June 25th, 2012, 1:07 pm #2

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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Joined: February 14th, 2006, 4:50 pm

June 25th, 2012, 1:20 pm #3

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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Joined: February 24th, 2002, 4:17 pm

June 25th, 2012, 1:21 pm #4

This is a recent re-issue of what is evidently a very old kit. How does it hold up for overall accuracy?
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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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

June 25th, 2012, 2:13 pm #5

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.





Steel cuts flesh. Steel cuts bone. Steel does not cut steel. --Stephen Hunter, The 47th Samurai.

We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.

Sat Cong!
As its bigger than the 1/50 Nichimo copy
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Joined: June 19th, 2010, 3:26 am

June 25th, 2012, 2:16 pm #6

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.



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]



BUY THIS BOOK
http://tinyurl.com/Ididntseeitcoming
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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Joined: February 24th, 2002, 12:50 pm

June 25th, 2012, 2:49 pm #7

As its bigger than the 1/50 Nichimo copy
...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.




Steel cuts flesh. Steel cuts bone. Steel does not cut steel. --Stephen Hunter, The 47th Samurai.

We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.

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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

June 25th, 2012, 2:55 pm #8

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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Joined: February 24th, 2002, 12:50 pm

June 25th, 2012, 3:08 pm #9

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.




Steel cuts flesh. Steel cuts bone. Steel does not cut steel. --Stephen Hunter, The 47th Samurai.

We will march on a road of bones. --Hunter S. Thompson.

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Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:33 am

June 25th, 2012, 4:29 pm #10

This is a recent re-issue of what is evidently a very old kit. How does it hold up for overall accuracy?
...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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