On This Day: Battle of Midway 80th Anniversary, SBD-2 Dauntless, Academy 1/48
On this day, 80 years ago World War 2 turned thanks to the bravery of the aviators of the Pacific Fleet. 80 years ago today The Battle of Midway, which would reverse the fortunes of those at Pearl Harbor, began.
The SBD-2 dive bomber 'Silent But Deadly' had been worked hard up to that point and was, in that moment, being superseded by the SBD-3. Most planes were faded, worn and well-used.
The aircraft ‘BuNo 2106’, is the famous plane pulled from Lake Michigan, and incredibly restored to reside currently in the National Naval Aviation Museum in Florida.
It has a very well documented History, having survived the attack on Pearl Harbor; flown in raids against the Japanese in New Guinea; and now existing as the only surviving plane from Midway.
Eventually this aircraft became part of a training unit in Illinois and ditched in Lake Michigan in 1943. It was recovered in 1994 before going on display, after restoration, in 2001.
It is considered to be one of the most ‘historic’ aircraft on the planet!
Below is a picture of the plane on Midway Atoll, dating from early June 1942.
And for those wishing to know more, here is a presentation by the Museum explaining exactly how special this aircraft is!
I shot the photos of the model using 2 backgrounds, one was white card, the other more antique looking dark brown. I couldn't decide which worked best so I have used photos from both sets.
Thanks so much to @lis for inviting me to join in the 'Bomber Command' group build. It's a great idea - head over there and add a build! I will be adding something slightly bigger next, as this is pretty small for a 'bomber'. I guess though, it's not the size of the dog in the fight that counts after the heroics performed in the Dauntless in those early days of June 1942.
Finally although this is an oft built kit, a fairly common subject, and others have done it better than me, I'd like to thank all those over at the BC GB for their guidance and encouragement. I have to say also, that this build certainly reminded me how fast the time goes, and of those we've loved and lost or who are MIA, since the 75th Midway Anniversary GB. Where did those 5 years go?