Monogram 1/48 SBD-3 Dauntless
I built this Monogram Dauntless many years ago, and it I think it was the first time I used an aftermarket resin cockpit (Missing Link, maybe?). I tried to make it look more like a -3 by adding a spinner cut down from the Monogram SB2C Helldiver kit, and adding life raft and baggage compartment doors from thin sheet plastic. I dropped the flaps, and hand-drilled all 264 holes with an X-acto knife! I cut away the molded-in engine, and added one from the spares box. The dual rear machine guns came from gluing together two guns from the Monogram TBD, and wheels and ammo belts were from True Details. I added a vac canopy, and decals from the spares box to depict an SBD-3 from USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway. I scratch-built a bomb swing and tailhook, too. A lot of work, but I'm still very proud of this old kit.