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Trumpeter 1/32 SBD-3 Dauntless - Lt Richard Best 4th June 1942


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After watching the new "Midway" movie last year I decided to build USN Lt Richard Best's SBD-3, that he flew twice from USS Enterprise, on 4th June 1942 to sink the IJN carriers Kaga and Hiryu.
 
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Its a really nice kit, but I didn't particularly like the clear fuselage. Nothing wrong with it but just hard to see if seams are covered until undercoat applied. Painted with a combination of SMS, MRP and Mr Hobby acrylic laquers and then weathered with oils and hard pastells.
 
Yahu instrument panel, EZE line antenna, MasterCasters wheels and Master gun barrels.
 
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Some light fading on the upper surfaces, but these aircraft were new when they boarded Enterprise immediately before the Battle of Midway so not too much to do.
 
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My model depicts what the aircraft may have looked like after returning from the first attack and ready for the second sortie. The rear guns would have been stowed but I wanted to be able to see them.
 
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Enjoy.
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Great job! Weathering is very nicely done!

May I post it on the website?

:clap2::clap2::clap2:

FYI: If you can find someone parting out a SBD-5 on eBay, the -5 fuselage parts are identical to the -3 parts and then you don't have to deal with the clear plastic (except for the cowl which is clear in all their SBD kits).  

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