YHD32018 is the third and final sheet in
Yellowhammer Decals’ current series covering the Douglas
Dauntless and designed for use on the Trumpeter kit.
sheet is sub-titled Early Combat SBDs and as such, there is a
mixture of the early overall light grey and the mid-war blue
grey over light grey camouflage finishes. There is even an
experimental green over light grey example.
As with the previous sheet, this one is also
an assortment of United States Marine Corps and United States
Markings are provided for seven aircraft in
all. The individual machines are:
Bureau number 4690 of VS-3 flown by Lieutenant Junior Grade
Stanley “Swede” Vejtasa from the USS Yorktown during the
Battle of the Coral Sea on 8 May 1942.
Bureau number 2162 belonging to Commander Howard “Brigham”
Young, Commander Enterprise Air Group in the markings it
7 December, 1941.
Bureau number 4537 Flown by Lieutenant Junior Grade William
E. “Pappy” Hall, VS-2 aboard the USS Lexington during the
Battle of the Coral Sea.
Bureau number 3382 of VS-41 aboard the USS Ranger during
Operation Torch in November of 1942.
Bureau number 2162 of VS-3 at Naval Air Station Oakland in
September of 1941. This is the odd man out on the sheet as
it is wearing an experimental camouflage scheme of “green”
over light grey.
Bureau number 1712 of VMBS-2 based at Ewa Mooring Mast
Field, Hawaii on 7 December 1941. Two alternative markings
are offered on the sheet. One scheme as detailed above with
the other being VMB-2, which was what VMBS-2 was titled as
before it was redesignated in July of 1941.
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You get three decal sheets with this issue.
A standard sized one that contains the individual markings for
each machine as well as a single set of national insignia, a
second smaller sheet that carries further plane in squadron
markings and the third sheet (also smaller) that holds the same
single and comprehensive set of stencil data that are also
present in the two other Yellowhammer sheets in this series.
The decals themselves are produced to a very
high standard. Each and every design on the sheet is thin, sharply
printed and in perfect register.
This set also contains a set of Black Magic
vinyl masks. The masks are provided to allow you to paint the
yellow surrounds to the Operation Torch machine of VS-41.
The support material is in the form of two
A-4 sized pages that are printed on both sides. The first sheet
has upper surface plan views of each option as well as three
plan view of the undersides of the wings of the various options
on one side whilst the reverse shows larger side profiles of
each option. The second sheets hold information particular to
each option as well as instructions for masking and painting the
yellow Operation Torch surrounds to the wing national
The decal sheets, masking sheet and the two
pages of support material come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc
This is an excellent issue from Yellowhammer
that rounds out their coverage of the Dauntless.