Time for some nostalgia
Monogram’s venerable four star “plastikit” SBD Dauntless was originally released in 1960. It was until the Accurate Miniatures and Hasegawa SBDs the only game in town in 1/48. Over the years some very impressive models have been built using this base kit, Bert Kinzey recently posted a great build over on Facebook. For me, I intend to build it straight out of the box with all the working features, including taking a heated screwdriver and flaring the landing gear axles so the wheels turn! The decals are shot, but I bought some white numbers and aftermarket national insignia to replicate the “White Box” issue I have. I was able to salvage the instrument panel decal and will glue that on when the time comes!
Recreating the vintage paint colors will be another challenge, since my favorite brand of the time Pactra is long since gone. I used a lot of Pactra little square bottle paints, and Testors as well. The paint call outs are inaccurate for a real Dauntless, but I remember well painting the interior “Apple Green” and using Pactra “Flesh” for the faces of the crew. Anyway here is the start!
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