SBD-4 Dauntless Hasegawa 1/48
The Hasegawa Dauntless model has been blamed to have a lower quality than the Dauntless series produced by Accurate Miniatures. The last one are still avaiable under the Italeri and Academy brands.
With all the issues about the accuracy and the lack of interior details the Hasegawa model is still a good choice, specially those later re- releases that bring a PE Bonus to improve a remarkable characteristic of this airplane, the diving brakes, . The overall fiting is quite good and follows the standard produced by Hasegawa in other models.
In my model I used resin side walls produced by Hightech and PE´s by Eduard. It is impossible to use the clear parts in the open position. With a carefull triming of the clear parts and a dryfiting process it is possible to achieve good results with the fitting in the closed positon with minimal correction with epoxi filler.
For the green house canopy I used pre cuted mask by Eduard.
The national insignias are painted using homemade pre cut masks. The weathering was made using pre and post shading techniques, artist oil paints and dry chalk pastels.
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