Sunday, April 23

Devastating news from Trumpeter...

A lot of you out there have been looking for and forward to this kit's release for a long time. So long, we thought Trumpeter was trolling us. Today we look at the art, sprues & info of their new 32nd scale TBD-1 Devastator in our preview...

Devastating news from Trumpeter...

TBD-1 Devastator
Model: #02226
1/32nd scale
The Douglas TBD Devastator was a torpedo bomber of the United States Navy, ordered in 1934, it first flew in 1935 and entered service in 1937. At that point, it was the most advanced aircraft flying for the USN and possibly for any navy in the world. However, the fast pace of aircraft development caught up with it, and by the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the TBD was already outdated. 

The colour profiles included in this kit
The decal sheet included in the kit
It performed well in some early battles, but in the Battle of Midway the Devastators launched against the Japanese fleet were almost totally wiped out. The type was immediately withdrawn from front line service, replaced by the Grumman TBF Avenger.

Crew: Three - Pilot, Torpedo Officer/Navigator, Radioman/Gunner
Length: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m) / Wingspan: 50 ft 0 in (15.24 m) / Height: 15 ft 1 in (4.60 m)
Powerplant: One × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-64 Twin Wasp radial engine, 900 hp (672 kW) each
Maximum speed: 206 mph (331 km/h) at 8,000 ft (2,400 m)
Cruise speed: 128 mph (206 km/h)
Range: 435 mi (700 km) (378 nmi, 700 km)with Mk XIII Torpedo, 716 mi (623 nmi, 1,152 km) with 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs

The parts of the kit
Model Length: 323.5mm / Wingspan: 471.2mm
Total Parts 180+
Total of 9 sprues , cowling and tires
- Highly detailed Engines
- Finely detailed cockpit, gear cabin,
- Grooved rubber tires
- Masks for the canopy are included
- Photo Etched Parts included