The Grumpy Gobbler
Grumman TBF Avenger
Trumpeter's 1/32 TBF Avenger is available online from Squadron.com
Okay, so I have finally finished it.
It was six months in the making (albeit there were a couple of
projects completed in the meantime) but this is one of the best models I
have ever had the pleasure of building. I enjoyed it thoroughly and if
you are on the fence about getting one of these beasts, get off and get
one. You will not regret it.
And before you ask about the title, US pilots affectionately nicknamed
this beast “the Turkey” after its ungainly appearance and unique
Trumpeter have definitely outdone themselves on this one, and are to
be commended for going the extra mile and producing a model kit that
most guys will be able to build into a showstopper. I will not go into
the boring details of how this and that fit, as if you wanted to know
that you would buy a magazine. Suffice to say that this kit fits very
well in general and even the wing folds went together easily.
There are only two or three spots of filler on the entire model and
were I not one of the most virulent procrastinators on the planet, this
model would have been done ages ago.
The basics are there for any level of modeller, and while I chose to
float in the easy space somewhere between detail job and box build, I
certainly hope this model will impress even the most cynical of modeller.
The only after-market parts I added to the model were the Eduard seat
belts, any other details I added were scratch built, and were limited to
some wiring in the fuselage. Nothing exciting and hardly worth
The only part that I spent any serious time on was the framework on
the interior of the canopy and that was done using microstrip and took
When it came to the markings, I was in a bit of a quandary, as there
are no 1/32 scale Avenger markings available for anything other than Us
aircraft. Or so I thought. After I had finished the model Lukasz
Kedzierski pointed out the fact that Roo Models make a sheet for RNZAF
aircraft which has the roundels I spent two days modifying from a
Techmod Corsair sheet.
30 Sqn Servicing unit provided the inspiration for this model, as they
used several comic characters as nose art and as far as I know are the
only squadron in the RNZAF to do so. For more info I highly recommend a
trip to Pete Mossong's "RNZAF
in the Pacific War" web site on HyperScale's HobbyVista portal,
as it is a mind expanding introduction into the contribution of the
RNZAF in WWII as well as an endless source of modelling inspiration.
Grumpy was painted using artists oils, and even though he looks a bit
like Santa tripping on acid, I am pretty proud of him as I didn't resort
to decals and talked myself into doing it by hand.
I must thank Pete Mossong for his help and for having his web site which
provided the information and inspiration for this model, as well as Matt
from the RNZAF museum.
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