A Monogram classic straight out of the box
A 1970s white box release of the venerable Monogram Dauntless. Before Accurate Miniatures and Hasegawa came in the the game, this was the only 1/48 scale SBD available. It was originally released in the early 60s and as was the trend with Monogram it had several working features. The bomb drops, the prop spins the landing gear and tail hook can be raised and lowered and the dive flaps open and close. I have built this kit many times over the years, later on going to town with detail, drilling out the flaps scratching up a cockpit, even dual 50s on one build. This time though I just decided to build it as a monument to the days when Monogram was moving from toy like models to true scale models. All the working features work, and I painted it in all the "wrong" colors Monogram called for. "Apple" green interior was my favorite! It was also the first time I ever assembled and painted the deck crew crew figures! I only had one bomb in my box, so I had to use one from my spares. I think it is a Monogram bomb, but one from a much later model kit. I then decided i did not want to part with the instructions, so I put them in a frame for display! And yes the axels were heat "flared" to hold the wheels on!
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