HA1223 Hobbymaster Grumman TBF-1 Avenger 8-T-1, VT-8, NAS Norfolk, May 1942

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New to pre-order.  Limited edition only 800 pieces worldwide.
Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale
Grumman TBF-1 Avenger
NAS Norfolk
May 1942

RRP £92.00

The Grumman TBF Avenger, and New Model Arrivals at Flying Tigers.

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Model Description

HA1223 Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA1223 Grumman TBF-1 Avenger 8-T-1, VT-8, NAS Norfolk, May 1942. Buy now online at Flying Tigers.


Just prior to the start of WW II the USN started to look for a replacement for their ageing Douglas Devastator. Grumman made a presentation of a prototype labeled as XTBF-1 that impressed the USN and they placed an order to purchase. The plane was perfect for the Navy needs, a huge rotary engine that was enclosed in a barrel like fuselage to cut down on drag, and with some increase in the fuselage and wing lengths would accommodate a three-man crew. Production on what was now officially known as the TBF/TBM Avenger and would come to receive the affectionate name of “The Turkey” from the pilots that flew them began in 1941 with first delivery just in time for the Battle of Midway in June 1942. What started out as a carrier borne torpedo bomber soon turned into a close-support bomber, a patrol aircraft and even a trainer.

In early 1942 Avengers began to arrive at NAS Norfolk, Virginia and assigned to VT-8. This made the squadron the first front-line unit to be equipped with the TBF-1 Avenger. The first to arrive was 8-T-1 BuNo 00380 wearing the inter-war red tail stripes and circle within the star insignia. Six VT-8 Avengers were sent to Pearl Harbor and on to Midway arriving just before the Battle of Midway. During this battle the 6 TBF-1s from VT-8 flew against the Japanese forces and 8-T-1 was the only Avenger to survive the encounter.

RRP £92.00

Weight 750 g
Historical Era


Model Type


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Model Code: HA1223

Model categories:
Future Hobbymaster models -all scales, Future Military Model Releases, Grumman TBM Avenger, HobbyMaster Aviation, Military Aviation