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Rafi Ben-Shahar
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Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SBD-1 Dauntless

June 19, 2024 · in Aviation · · 28 · 422

The sublime kit was only marred by the decals that resisted to all solvents that I applied.

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  1. Nicely done, Rafi. Fits in well with my current reading of, Ian Toll's, Pacific War trilogy.

  2. Excellent result, Rafi! Hopefully the newer reboxings by Italeri, Academy and once by Revell have better decals.

  3. That's another beauty, Rafi @blackmopane
    Those dive bombers do look very impressive with the dive brakes lowered.

  4. Great work! I have a real soft spot for the SBD-3 and early war US Navy carrier aircraft in general. Love the paint scheme and markings, I think that plane flew at the Battle of the Coral Sea, May 7th & 8th 1942. I too have this kit. My plan is to paint and mark it for the Battle of Midway. Once again, my compliments on a model very well done!

  5. Super-duper build & finish. My, how we really dug AM kits while we had them...and saddened by their departure.

    • Thank you Bob.
      Fortunately, AMs best kits are re-boxed by Academy and also Tamiya. Unfortunately, for these kits, after few builds the color schemes are exhausted.

  6. Beautiful work Rafi @blackmopane - a not so common scheme and you made it beautifully.

  7. Beautiful model as always, Rafi. Just the right amount of weathering and a super-clean build. The AM Dauntless must be the best kit SBD kit out there. It is in my stash and will probably be an easier build than the AM TBF Avenger, which had such a tricky turret fit (although it is very well-engineered, finally). Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Well done! AM's Dauntless is hard to beat.

  9. Nice SBD, Rafi. I haven’t built one of those in ages. Need to do one soon!

  10. Good looking Dauntless Rafi. Well done!

  11. Very nice work Rafi 🙂

  12. Top notch work

    The color is about perfect for that era!. Weathering & sit looks great

    Steve,

  13. Love that scheme, and despite any "stiff" decals, it turned out beautifully!

  14. Sublime, good word. It applies to the build and finish as well. Just think what we would be without if A.M. had not put their oar in the water.

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