White Turkey…Hobby Boss 1/48 Grumman TBM-1C Avenger ASW US Navy
Built in 2016.
Initially my dad wanted to build a RN Mk.I with the Hobby Boss kit. After examining the kit we found out that the intended version wasn´t possible oob, no bubble side windows, no observer seat behind the pilot, no cowl gun. So, change of plan, used decals from the Italeri reboxing of the AM kit for the Hobby Boss one.
Besides the decals almost completely oob. Added seatbelts, cut off the wrong wing gun stubs and drilled holes, EZ Line for the aerials, engraved the missing rivets for the the oil cooler shutters on the side cowls. Painted with Gunze and Tamiya acrylics.
The decals for the nose numbers came from the sparebox because the Italeri ones were way too big.
As it seems there´s only one partial pic of this aircraft. There it looks completely white. A fellow modeller provided some info that all-white avengers weren´t completely uncommon in the Atlantic ASW role, especially with air superiority and no need for upper camo. So the model became only white, never seen that before on a pic or model.
The model shows an a/c of the composite squadron VC-58 on the escort carrier USS Block Island in January 1944. Later in March/April the unit transferred to the USS Guadalcanal and flew night missions.
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