‘S-1’ was a “Dauntless” assigned to Scouting Squadron Six, (VS-6) and was flown from
USS Enterprise, (CV-6), by Lt. Wilmer “Earl” Gallaher.
Lt. Gallaher flew this aircraft, putting the first of four 1,000 pound bombs delivered by Enterprise p[...]
75 years ago today "Dick" Best changed history with a single 1,000 pound bomb. At that exact instant, he also changed the course of the War in favor of the United States in the Pacific Theater. It has been written that this may very well have[...]
Between 1998 and 2001 when he died, I had the privilege of knowing one of the most interesting people I ever met, Dick Best, the man who sank the Akagi and changed the Battle of Midway. As you'll find out reading below, Dick did not think that [...]
Too busy working with the editors on the upcoming "Pacific Thunder" (out in August, you can pre-order on Amazon now) to build anything new for the group build but here's my Trumpeter SBD-2 from VMSB-241 built a few years back, with a complete d[...]
I posted this project here three-and-a-half years ago, and sometime back Martin indicated it would be OK to add previous project photos when the Midway Group Build went live.
The kit is Trumpeter's 1/32 offering, with additional scratch detail.
What began as an OOB build turned into something a bit more complex. I had 2 SDB's in the stash to pick from for the Midway group build, and selected the Hasegawa SDB-3. The Midway decal set I was able to secure for it was for a Marine SDB-2. T[...]
Today is the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the battle that changed the course of the war in the Pacific.
I'd like to take this time to remember my friend, the late Richard H. "Dick" Best, the only person I ever met who personally ch[...]
In the seventies bought a model of DOUNTLESS and since he waited in stash.
10 years ago I decided to build it in Markings U.S.Marines yellow wing according to the instructions 1/48 ACCURATE MINIATURES SBD-1 Build years before im Decision to m[...]
In early 1944, No 25 Squadron RNZAF began operational training on SBD-4 aircraft at Pallikulo on Espiritu Santo Island in the New Hebrides. These SBD-4s were ex-USMC aircraft, and in quite poor condition. Operational training included practice[...]
After much ado and diligent effort over the past two and and a half weeks, I am calling my SBD-4 Dauntless 'done'....for a fairly unskilled builder like me it has been a challenge but I am pleased overall with the result which I humbly offer in [...]