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Status: JUL 2017 RE-STOCK

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SkyMax Flying Heroes SM8008
Douglas TBD-1 Devastator Diecast Model
USN VT-8, Black T-5 , USS Hornet, Battle of Midway, June 1942

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Douglas TBD-1 Devastator   5.75"   8.25"


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The Battle of Midway took place from June 4 – 7 1942. Japan sent four carriers, two battleships, twelve destroyers and one light cruiser. The Americans knew of the Midway attack and were prepared. Once the main Japanese force was located Rear Admiral Spruance launched a hasty Devastator attack from his three carriers that left his 41 Douglas TBD-1s unescorted. Only four Devastators returned to Enterprise, two to Yorktown and none to Hornet. Devastator 0308 was lost with its crew LT(jg) Jeff Davis Woodson and Otway David Creasy, Jr., ARM2c.

Douglas TBD-1 Devastator

Designed to meet a 1934 US Navy requirement for a carrier-based torpedo-bomber, the Devastator was first flown on April 15th, 1935. The TBD was an early shipboard monoplane built large enough to carry a heavy torpedo and achieve speeds of just over 200 miles per hour. Its design included folding wings, an inclusive canopy, and all metal construction - innovations that would be used by future carrier aircraft. Sophisticated for its time, the Devastator’s strong points were eventually surpassed by enemy forces. Its lack of maneuverability and slow speed made it vulnerable to the high performance of the Japanese Zero.

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SkyMax's 1:72 scale TBD Devastator is a well made model constructed almost entirely from diecast metal. The large solid metal wing features simulated corrugated surfaces and a masterfully replicated fairing that blends the wing almost seamlessly into the fuselage. The unusually large greenhouse canopy is removable providing an unobstructed view of interior features like the pad-printed instrument panel, flight controls, ADF antenna and rear mounted machine gun. Engine details such as pushrod housings and cylinder head cooling fins can be seen inside the engine cowling. Releases in this series feature a variety or ordnance configurations such as a removable torpedo and wing mounted bombs (see photos).

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SkyMax Flying Heroes

The SkyMax "Flying Heroes" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft. SkyMax offer the more price-sensitive collector a cheaper alternative to models from leading manufacturers like Corgi and Century Wings.

SkyMax"Flying Heroes" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.

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