Well this is my just finished 1/48 scale Revell Pro-Modeler SB2C-4 Helldiver, in the colors and markings of VB-84, U.S.S. Bunker Hill, 1945.
I read that the Helldiver was not universally loved by those who used it, but I imagine this big hoss had the desired effect on those they visited, just the same…
Everything here is stock out of the box except the seat belts, fashioned from scrap PE sprue and the HVAR rockets, which I got from my scrap box and modified a bit to fit. I think they are a bit too long to be true to scale actually. I also lowered the flaps.
This was painted by hand using a variety of hair brushes. I did not weather it other than dusting the interior green parts with some gray chalk because the Model Master zinc-chromate I used just seemed to bright.
I am also including a couple of pictures of the Helldiver and the other 3 dive-bombers I have built over the last 11 months. The concept of a dive-bomber has a certain fascination for me; maybe if I can find a 1/48 scaled D4y Judy I will built one of those.
Thanks for looking & happy model building –
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