Revell (Matchbox) 1/32 SBD-5 Dauntless
This is my Revell (Matchbox) 1/32 SBD-5 Dauntless, finished as a U.S. Marines bird.
"Scout Bomber Douglas" (SBD) Dauntless was the US Navy's main carrier-based scout/dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944.
With its good handling and maneuverability, potent bomb load, great diving characteristics, good defensive armament and general ruggedness, it is of no surprise that the SBD was considered a very good naval scout plane and dive bomber.
Having been designed back in 1935 and consequently considered somehow obsolete at the beginning of WWII, destined to be scrapped, it interestingly persisted and remained in service only because its successor(s) development was problematic!
This fine plane is perhaps best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Its nickname "Slow But Deadly" was earned during this period.
This is the third (and so far the last) edition of the venerable 1977 Matchbox kit.
The top color is intermediate blue, which was misinterpreted from a net seasonal color pic (which was probably "filtered", you can find the same pic with different color tones...).
Should you wish to read the full review, you may do so by visiting my beloved site Modelingmadness:
My thanks to Tom Cleaver @tcinla for providing the correct info regarding SBD's range.