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Merit 88002
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless Display Model
USN VS-2, "White S-12", Leppla/Liska, USS Lexington, Battle of Coral Sea, May 1942

1:18 Scale   Length   Width
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless   22"   28"

S-12 was an SBD-3 BuNo 4547 from VS-2 on USS Lexington. On May 8th and 9th, 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea wearing its red and white stripes on the tail the SBD-3 of Ensign John Leppla and ARM3c John Liska managed 7 victories. Four were accredited to Leppla and three to Liska. Mid May 1942 the red and white stripes as well as the red meatballs in the National Insignia were ordered removed. In October 1942 during the Battle Of Santa Cruz John Leppla was lost while flying an F4F.

Douglas SBD-3 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" flaps-dive 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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The Merit International range presents detailed, ready-made plastic models of military vehicles.

Merit International display models feature"

  • Molded plastic construction.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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