The Grumman Avenger was designed to replace the earlier and obsolete Douglas Devastator torpedo bomber for the US Navy. It was powered by a Wright Cyclone radial engine of 1850HP and had a crew of 3. It featured an internal weapons bay which could hold a torpedo and various bombs. It also had 2 12.7mm machine guns in the wings, a 12.7mm machine in the rear turret and a 7.7mm machine in the ventral position. The Avenger first saw action at the Battle of Midway when 6 planes flying from Midway Island attacked the Japanese Carrier fleet. The attack was unsuccessful and almost all the Avengers were shot down by Japanese fighters. Despite this initial setback the Avenger replaced the Devastator in the US Navy and went on to have a highly successful career.
Hobby Boss are a relatively new company to us in Western Europe. They are from China and are connected with Trumpeter. Hobby Boss are known for producing simple, well engineered kits with a good level of detail. This particular kit looks very well detailed. The interior looks to be very well done as is the bomb bay and engine. The kit features many ordnance options and you can also model the bomb bay open or closed plus the wings can be modelled as folded too. In short this looks like it will make an excellent model. Markings are provided for 3 different planes from the USS Enterprise, Essex and Bennington.