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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA0173
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless Diecast Model
USN VB-6, Richard Best, USS Enterprise, Battle of Midway June 4th, 1942

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless   5.5"   7"

Aircraft BuNo. 4687 from the USS Enterprise (The Big E) (CV-6) was flown by the Lt. Richard H. Best, commanding officer of VB-6. On June 4, 1942 while flying Black B-1 from Bombing Six, Best and Murray took part in two sorties that day. The first mission took place in the morning against the IJNS Akagi and Kaga. In the afternoon they helped with the sinking of IJNS Hiryu. During the operation Best inhaled caustic fumes from a faulty oxygen bottle damaging his lungs and forcing him into early retirement from active duty.

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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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale SBD Dauntless is constructed almost entirely from diecast metal, with plastic components used to achieve maximum detail. The large bird-cage style canopy has fine rivet details and is removable for an unobstructed view of the cockpit with pad-printed instrumentation, direction finding antenna and rear gunner station with machine gun. The swing arm that cradles the center mounted bomb is positionable and can be displayed in the pre-launch configuration. Some releases feature perforated dive brakes that are either fixed in the closed position or in the deployed position, and some include under-wing mounted bombs and antenna. Variants in the series include both early and later versions.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" 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.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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