1/48 SDB-1 Dauntless
Finally got this one finished after some stops and restarts since January 2021. I used the Accurate Miniatures SDB-3 kit for two reasons, one it's the one I had in my stash, and secondly most of the changes between the -1 and -3 were internal and wouldn't affect the final look. This is my first AM Dauntless and I must say for a kit released in the 90's it's overall fit as well as the cockpit detail is very good. It has quite a few small parts which instructions mention and advises you to take your time building her. Good advise some of which I ignored and it came back to bite me, i.e. those dive flaps.
Not a show stopper but she's finished and in the display cabinet. Build pretty much OOB, however, I did add some Ultracast seats in the cockpit as they look better than the decal belts supplied with the kit. Model Master and Tamiya paints were used,and the decals were a combination of the kits, Yellow Wing , and most from Hasegawa's Yellow Wing Dauntless kit. Nylon thread was used for the antenna wire and a Pitt Pen highlighted some of the panel lines. This Dauntless represents VMB-2 U.S. Marines 1940.
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