Accurate Miniatures SB2U-3 “Vindicator”
This is Accurate Miniatures 1:48 scale Vought SB2U-3, “Vindicator”. I had built this kit a few year ago, also when IT first came out. I had gotten a kit that had the original flaw in the rear fuselage, where there was a weird indentation, due to a mold imperfection. Accurate Miniatures made good on a fix, by sending me a new set of fuselage halves.
While I was happy with the kit overall, there were a few trouble spots. The fit of the instrument panel, and the wind screen, were rather messed up. Lots of creative words-smithing (Cursing) went into this area of the kit. It was a pain in the a**. Still, the detail in the cockpit was terrific, and the kit went together pretty well, everywhere else.
This “Vindicator” was attached to Marine Bombing Squadron Two Forty One, (VMSB-241), and was based on Midway Atoll, during the Battle of Midway. It was flown by 2nd Lt. Sumner Whitten, pilot, with Sgt. Frank E. Zelnis, as gunner.
After unsuccessfully attacking the Japanese battleship HMIJNS Haruna, number eleven was set upon by several A6M “Zero” fighters. In the running fight that followed, Sgt Zelnis was able to drive off the attacking aircraft, shooting one down and damaging a second. However, this was not before he was wounded in both legs. Lt. Whitten landed number eleven, with over one hundred and sixty nine bullets holes in it’s airframe.
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