Radar came of age in World War Two. In 1942 the superbly trained lookouts of the IJN with their excellent optics could still out perform early USN radars in the night fights at Guadalcanal but that edge was gone by the next year. It was not long before the military saw the advantage of mounting radar on an airborne platform. The Luftwaffe used heavy two engine night fighters because they had the size and lift for heavy radar arrays plus a heavy armament. The USAAF developed the large P-63 Black Widow night fighter along the same lines. The USN did not have the luxury of the use of large two engine aircraft of the Essex class. Small rudimentary radar was developed for Corsair night fighters but for early warning for the task force a large array was needed. L'Arsenal now has the answer to your early warning needs. The Grumman Avenger was adapted to provide the first early warning platform. The ball turret was deleted since with this mission they were intended to keep their distance from aerial threats. A huge tear-shaped dome was added underneath to house the radar array.

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L'Arsenal aircraft set AC350-60 provides five resin and photo-etch Grumman Avenger TBM-3 W early warning aircraft. Resin parts are included for the aircraft, main wheels and the extra vertical stabilizers added to the tail. Photo-etch parts are for the propeller, landing gear and tail wheels. The instructions show optional photo-etch parts for the landing gear, one with photo-etch wheels and one without so the resin wheels can be used. The fret had only the landing gear with photo-etch wheels but this is minor since the wheel portion can easily be removed so the resin wheels can be used.