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|Another aircraft my good friend Bob Dwyer commissioned me to do. The Trumpeter kit #2242 is the
most accurate available if you want to do an SBD Dauntless in 1/32 scale. Retailing at a pricey $143 plus
shipping, I found it on the net for $115 plus shipping, it does build into a nice replica of a Dauntless. Lots
of nice detail to build it out of the box but if you want to go nuts, Eduard makes interior and exterior
detail sets for it.
The SBD-2 now resides at the Pima Air Museum, Tucson, AZ.
The instrument panel comes in
clear plastic. I drilled out the
instrument holes making it
easier to paint. Glued the
instrument film to the back
and backed it up with thin
white plastic sheet making the
instruments show up better.
The kit comes with just pilot
lap belts. Before the start of
WWII, all SBDs had lap belts
for the pilot and gunner and
shoulder harness for the pilot
installed. I used Eduard set
32-588. It comes precolored so
no need to paint.
Interior is Model Master 1715
FS34151 Interior Green. Black
is Model Master 2735 Black
Chrome Trim. A satin black
that doesn't wear off as fast as
flat black when you have to
Holes for spark plugs are molded
in the front. I drilled them bigger
and added holes in the rear of
the heads. Cut small pieces of
wire insulation for the spark
plus. I didn't put them in the
rear. You don't see them. Used
copper wire for the wires
Model Master acrylic clear over
Model Master enamel colors with
Yellow Wings Decals then dull
Antenna made with horse hair.
I didn't want this one to meet the same fate as the FJ-3 I did
for Bob. Hand made the Styrofoam insert for the box so the
airplane could not move . Put the box in a bigger box with air
bags and Styrofoam popcorn all around it. Shipped it USPS
Express Next Day. As you can see in the photos, it made it!!!