SBD-4 Dauntless from Hasegawa in 1/72 scale with cardboard carrier island
Today I want to show you my SBD-4 Dauntless from Hasegawa in 1/72 scale. In order to give my model a beautiful environment, I modeled the island of an aircraft carrier out of cardboard. The island resembles the USS Ranger (CV-4). I also scratch build a Ford "moto-tug", but unfortunately, I did not quite get the shape, it is a little too long and too narrow.
About the model:
The fit of this Hasegawa kit is very good, and all the fine details are beautifully molded. I upgraded the cockpit by adding a dashboard and seat belts from Yahu. I also upgraded the Brownings with barrels from CMK and a selfmade armor plate, as well as two ammunition belts.
Hasegawa's plastic is very hard compared to Airfix kits, so it was not so easy to remove the dive brakes, molded on the upper wings. I finally replaced them with resin parts. The decals are not so easy to work with, because I unfortunately broke them very quickly, maybe they are too old. I have also built a few crew members from Preiser figures, the "hot pappa" is from Airfix.
I was amazed how small the Dauntless is for a two-seater plane. It is slightly larger than a wildcat but not larger than a hellcat! If you compare it with a devastator, it also looks small.
The small detail-shots (set of 4) are made with a edoscope camera, which unfortunately has a resolution of 640x480, too smal! I really want to buy a better one because you can "dive" into the model's hidden corners with this trick ; )
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