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Number and Description:
32-027 - USN SBD-3
Operation Torch & CQTU Glenview
32-009 - SBD-1/2/3 Complete Stencil
|Contents and Media:
||Two decal sheets and
32-027 USD$13.95 available online from
Yellow Wings website
32-009 USD$11.95 available online from Yellow Wings website
||Outstanding instructions and
research; includes all required markings including national
quality printing of decals by Microscale; designed for great new (Trumpeter)
Reviewed by Brett Green
1/32 scale SBD-3 Operation Torch Decals
are available online from Squadron
latest 1/32 scale decal release provides markings for a very
specific SBD-3 Dauntless aboard USS Ranger during Operation Torch in
November, 1942, plus the same aircraft later attached to Carrier
Qualification Unit , Glenview Illinois in September 1943..
This aircraft had crashed into Lake Michigan on 19 September, 1943
after a landing mishap during Carrier Qualification. This might have
been the ignominious end for a rare Dauntless that had previously
seen active service during Operation Torch - the Allied invasion of
Morocco and Algeria in November 1942.
After 50 years, however, this SBD-3 was rescued from the deep by
divers and finally restored to her former glory.
The striking yellow-ringed roundel of Operation Torch is one of the
most appealing schemes applied to the Dauntless. Further interest is
added via the "Tophatters" VS-41 insignia under the cockpit, and a
small personal insignia - Sinclair's green Dinosaur - on the fin.
It is pleasing that
all markings are supplied for both the Torch and the training
versions of this important aircraft, including national markings,
codes, propeller logos, smaller unique markings and some stencils.
instructions include four pages of detailed history, which includes
a photocopy of the original Accident Report following the loss of
the aircraft. The remaining two pages contain
marking schemes for each aircraft by well-known
Hyperscale contributor Rich Dann.
The suggested kit
is the excellent new Trumpeter 1/32 scale SBD-3 Dauntless kit.
The decals, printed by Microscale, are supplied on two sheets, and
are in perfect register.
Yellow Wings has
delivered another well-researched and comprehensive package for this
rare Dauntless, which survives today on display at the Kalamazoo Air
Zoo in Michigan.
Complete Stencil Package
also released a separate complete stencil package for SBD-1/2/3
Dauntless. This comprises a jam-packed decal sheet and four pages of
instructions. Three full sets of stencils are supplied - one each
for the SBD1, 2 and 3.
Yellow Wings Decals for
the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 19 February, 2007
24 December, 2007
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