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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation AC022
Douglas SBD Dauntless Diecast Model
USN VMS-3 Devilbirds, Virgin Islands, 1944

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Douglas SBD Dauntless   5.5"   7"

The Douglas Dauntless flown by Major Christian C Lee, US, in the Virgin Islands, in May 1944. The Douglas Dauntless was a US Navy carrier-borne dive-bomber manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company at their El Segundo plant. Between its introduction in 1940 until July 1944 when production ceased, just under 6000 SBD Dauntless were manufactured. During this time, the aircraft was the US Navy's key dive-bomber and although slow and somewhat out of date when it began its combat career, it was rugged and dependable, which was reflected in its performance against the Japanese shipping, particularly in the Pacific, where it succeeded in sinking more Japanese shipping than any other Allied aircraft in WWII. The Oxford Douglas Dauntless, as flown by US Pilot Major Christian C Lee, is painted with a dark grey upper with an off white rear fuselage and underside, both of which feature its US markings in dark blue and white. An extra detail worthy of note on this model includes the fine replication of the extended trailing edge dive brakes - a key feature on the actual aircraft. The propeller is painted black with yellow tips and a silver spinner and the exhausts pipes echo realism in rusty brown!

Douglas SBD Dauntless

First flown in 1938, The Douglas SBD Dauntless was the United States Navy's main dive-bomber during World War II. The Dauntless featured "Swiss cheese" flapsódive brakes punched with 3-inch holes, which helped it achieve pinpoint accuracy when diving to the target. The cockpit accommodated the pilot, who doubled as the bombardier and manned a fixed-forward gun. The rear cockpit contained a machine gun and played a major defensive role. During the Battle of Midway, SBD dive-bomber attacks fatally damaged all four of the Japanese aircraft carriers, and heavily damaged two cruisers.

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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation

The Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft.

Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Permanently retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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