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Douglas SBD Dauntless
by Robert Peczkowski
with illustrations by Artur Juszczak
A5+ format; 136 pages plus covers
in the UK and Europe
GBP £12.00 from Mushroom Model Publications
in the USA
USD$22.46 available online from Squadron.com
Provides a good history of the Dauntless; selection of contemporary photos; colour photos of
surviving examples; attractive colour profiles.
Reviewed by Rodger
"Douglas SBD Dauntless"
is available online from Squadron
Mushroom Model Publications is No 6125 in their Yellow Series and it covers the
Douglas SDB “Dauntless” series.
Dauntless came about from a 1934 request by the Bureau of Aeronautics and the US
Navy to the American aircraft industry to tender for a new carrier-borne scout
bomber. Following a long development and testing regime controlled by the
legendary Ed Heinemann the Dauntless was to become the US Navy’s standard
ship-borne dive-bomber from mid 1940 until November 1943 when the first
operational Curtiss SB2C Helldivers began to replace it. Due to the Helldivers’
teething problems though the Dauntless was to continue being operated from
carrier decks as well as shore bases well beyond that. Its role during the
Battle of the Coral Sea and the Midway actions where it accounted for many of
the Imperial Japanese Navy’s carriers has ensured its place in history.
follows the standard Mushroom Model Publications Yellow Series format. The
first few chapters provide coverage of the Dauntless’ developmental and
technical history from the experimental XBT-1 through to the SBD-6 in Navy
service as well as its use by the USAAC where it was named the A-24 “Banshee”.
Coverage is also provided of the SBD and A-24’s use by other than US forces
including Mexico, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Chile, and France. The first
half of the book also provides a detailed technical description of the SBD,
chapters on the US Navy’s unit operational principles as well as a comprehensive
list of US Navy and USMC units it was assigned to and finally, a world wide list
part of the book is a very complete walk-around comprising both black and white
period drawings and photographs and contemporary colour photographs of surviving
machines that have been restored and have been preserved in their original
condition. This is a very large section of the book comprising some 68 pages
and will prove invaluable to the modeller.
and final part of the book is made up 20 pages of excellent colour profiles of
the SBD and A-24 and it covers all of the finishes it wore in US Navy and USMC
service from the early “yellow wing” era to the tri-colour schemes of the of the
SBD-6. Profiles of Royal New Zealand Air Force, USAAC, Mexican Air Force,
Chilean Air Force, Royal Navy, and the French Aeronavale are also included in
The book has
been printed in Poland. It is B5 in size (240 x165 mm) and comprises 136 pages
printed on good quality glossy paper (88 of which are in colour) between
This book is
more of a modelling reference than it is an operational history of the SBD and
as such will appeal more to the modeller than the armchair historian. The
Mushroom Publications website at
http://www.mmpbooks.biz/books/books-yellow.html lists it at £12.00 which is
pretty good value considering what you get between its covers.
If you are
contemplating a build of one of the new large-scale SBDs or one of the
outstanding Accurate Miniature ones then you will find this book priceless.
Thanks to Mushroom Model Publications for the
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 06 November, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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