1:72 Scale Douglas SBD-2 Dauntless
On March 1st, 1942 at least two VMSB squadrons were brought together to form VMSB-241, the "Sons of Satan". At the end of May, 1942, the pilots were informed the war was coming to them, with the main Japanese fleet set to hit Midway and invade it within a week. The squadron received 16 SBD-1 and SBD-2 airplanes a day later. On June 4,th 1942, the squadron was ordered to take off at 0700 and attack the Japanese fleet. The SBD crews got their first glimpse of the Japanese fleet at 0755 and commenced their attack. They soon fell victim to heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire and the numerous defending Japanese Zero fighters that had been launched in response to their attack. As the last Marine bombers were being driven away, the Japanese spotted the US fleet. Eight SBD-2 Dauntless Dive Bombers were shot down, along with three SB2U-3 Vindicators. 22 Marines were lost during this strike on the Japanese fleet.
Douglas SBD-2 Dauntless
First flown in 1938, The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the United States Navy's main dive-bomber during World War II. The Dauntless featured "Swiss cheese" flaps—dive brakes punched with 3-inch holes, which helped it achieve pinpoint accuracy when diving to the target. The cockpit accommodated the pilot, who doubled as the bombardier and manned a fixed-forward gun. The rear cockpit contained a machine gun and played a major defensive role. During the Battle of Midway, SBD dive-bomber attacks fatally damaged all four of the Japanese aircraft carriers, and heavily damaged two cruisers.
Hobby Master's 1:72 scale SBD Dauntless is constructed almost entirely from diecast metal, with plastic components used to achieve maximum detail. The large bird-cage style canopy has fine rivet details and is removable for an unobstructed view of the cockpit with pad-printed instrumentation, direction finding antenna and rear gunner station with machine gun. The swing arm that cradles the center mounted bomb is positionable and can be displayed in the pre-launch configuration. Some releases feature perforated dive brakes that are either fixed in the closed position or in the deployed position, and some include under-wing mounted bombs and antenna. Variants in the series include both early and later versions.