32017 is the second sheet in the Yellowhammer
Models tribute to the Douglas Dauntless in large scale. This
time, markings are provided for United States Navy machines as
well as United Sates Marine Corps ones all in blue grey over
light grey camouflage.
provides you with markings for six different aircraft, a mixture
of -3s and -4s. The individual machines are:
Bureau number 6783 “Sister” of VMSB-233 based on
Guadalcanal in the Spring of 1943.
Bureau number 3213 as flown by Commander Harry “Don” Felt,
the commander of the USS Saratoga’s Air Group during the
Guadalcanal campaign in the August of 1942.
Bureau number 4651 flown by Ensign Leif W. Larsen of VS-5
from the USS Yorktown during the battle of Midway, 4 to 7
Bureau number 4687 flown by Lieutenant Richard “Dick” H.
Best of VS-6 aboard the USS Enterprise during the battle of
Push” SBD-4 Bureau number 4691 flown by Major Frank E.
Hollar, the Commanding Officer of VMSB-144, Munda, in the
Solomon Islands, November of 1943.
Bureau number 4623 flown by Lieutenant Commander Wade
McClusky, the Commander of the USS Enterprise’s Air Group
during the battle of Midway.
Two decal sheets make up this issue from
Yellowhammer Decals. A standard sized sheet that holds the
individual markings for each machine and a single set of
national insignia to be shared by all options – read that you
can only build a single model using the decals from this issue.
The smaller second sheet provides you with a single albeit
comprehensive set of stencil which I consider a must in this
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As with the other two issues in this series,
the decals themselves are produced to a very high standard. Every design on the sheet is thin, sharply printed
and in perfect register.
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 a single
generic plan view of the undersides of the wings on one side
whilst the reverse shows larger side profiles of each option.
It is worth pausing here to take a close look at the artwork on
the support material. It is extremely well executed indeed and
my guess is that it is the work of Tom Tullis. The second
sheets hold information particular to each option on the front
whilst the back has a placement guide for the stencil data.
The decal sheets and the support material
come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
Another nice product from Yellowhammer
Decals. It provides you with well printed decals as well as
comprehensive support material that will do justice to
Trumpeter’s large scale Dauntless.