Oxford Diecast Avenger GHW Bush VT51 USS Jacinto 1943 - 1:72 Scale
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Oxford Diecast Avenger GHW Bush VT51 USS Jacinto 1943 - 1:72 Scale

Product Code: AC046



The Grumman TBF Avenger was a torpedo bomber developed for the US Navy and Marine Corps, although its use was eventually extended for use by several other air and naval services round the world, including the Royal Navy. Manufactured by Grumman, the TBF was also designated TBM for those aircraft manufactured by General Motors. It entered service in 1942 and first saw service in the Battle of Midway. Despite the loss of five of the six aircraft on its debut combat flight, it survived in service to become one of the outstanding torpedo bombers of WWII. The crew complement was three – pilot, turret gunner and radioman/bombardier/gunner. After the end of the conflict, it was modified and remained in use into the 1960s. During its life, almost 10,000 Grumman Avengers were manufactured. One of the notable Avenger pilots was future US President George H W Bush and it is his aircraft which is now the subject of our Oxford model. It is reproduced in the livery in which he flew the TBM Avenger off the light aircraft carrier USS Jacinto in 1943.

Decorated with a sea grey upper side and light grey underbody, the lettering and US insignia are all printed in white. The American Star, complete with white bar which replaced the previous insignia of just the star in a blue roundel in July 1943, is faithfully reproduced on the port side upper and lower wing and is also printed on both sides of the fuselage. An interesting addition is the black painted walkway, which runs the length of both upper sides between the fuselage and wings. The gun barrels are also black and the exhausts are well detailed in a 'rusty' dark brown.
Given its historical background, this aircraft makes an interesting addition to any WWII model collection.

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