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||Valom Kit No. 72017 TBD-1A
|Contents and Media:
||49 grey short-run plastic parts on
three sprues, 2 clear plastic parts on one sprue, 17 resin parts, 24 PE
parts on one fret, decals for two aircraft plus an eight page A5 sized
fold-out instruction booklet with history, parts plan, 16 build diagrams
and 4 pages of paint/decal illustrations.
||Rare and unusual subject, highly
detailed, good resin, PE and decals.
||Short-run multi-media kit means not
||Highly Recommended for experienced
US Navy, Seaplane or Prototype Enthusiasts
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Valom's 1/72 scale
TBD-1A will be available online from Squadron.com
Although the TBD was taken out of front-line service in August 1942
after its disappointing performance at Midway and elsewhere, one
aircraft had earlier been fitted with floats and tested with a torpedo
for coastal work. The Netherlands Government had shown some interest but
the testing was stopped when the Netherlands were over-run by Germany in
This is the third 1/72 scale TBD that Valom have released. I find this
one a little bit more interesting than the others because it can be
built as either the seaplane prototype or as one of the aircraft that
took part in the Battle of Midway.
The main mid-grey sprue, (31parts), is straight from the earlier kits
and has all the parts that came with those kits. There are then, two
light-grey sprues, (9 parts each) which are for this kit alone and cover
the two floats, their struts and the undercarriage inserts. In common
with the earlier kits, this one features a high level of detail, plus
excellent surface detail and moulding.
The resin and PE are as in the pre-war kit and therefore include the
torpedo and no bombs.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The decals, not surprisingly, only cover two aircraft. The first is the
Seaplane Prototype in over-all Aluminium with Orange/Yellow wing top
surfaces, both main and tailplane and the code 2X-1 and US Navy on the
fuselage sides. This aircraft carries a torpedo with a Red and White
striped war-head. The other, a torpedo carrying aircraft from USS Hornet
at Midway, 4th of June 1942 and flown by ENS George Gay, is in Blue/Grey
and Light Grey with the code 8-T-14. The decals themselves have a logo
on them but no name so I can't tell you who has printed them but they
look to be well done with good register, colour density and minimum
carrier film. There are two sets of national markings, with and without
red spots plus all the other relevant markings for both aircraft.
As a seaplane nut, I persohally prefer this kit over the other two, but
I would expect that everyone will have their favorite version.
Regardless, all of Valom's Devastators are all quite good kits although
perhaps not for the beginner due to their multi-media nature.
Highly Recommended for experienced modellers of this type of aircraft.
Thanks to Valom for this review
Review and Images Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
Page Created 11 September, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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