Home  |  What's New  |  Features  |  Gallery  |  Reviews  |  Reference  |  Forum  |

SB2U-1/2 Vindicator

Complete Package


1/48 scale


Yellow Wings Decals


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

48-010 - SB2U-1/2 Vindicator Complete Package

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: One decal sheet and comprehensive instructions.
Price: USD$12.95 available online from Yellow Wings website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good instructions; includes all required markings for any one of four aircraft including national insignia; colour matches to Testor, Gunze and Tamiya model paint ranges; high quality printing of decals by Microscale; worthy new (Accurate Miniatures) donor kit
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

Yellow Wings Decals are available online from Squadron




Yellow Wings Decals continues its recent trend toward complete packages with a selection of markings for SB2U-1/2 Vindicators. These were amongst the last of the vibrant Yellow Wing era schemes, in the "Neutrality Patrol" period before the outbreak of the Pacific War. This sheet also includes a single early example of the new gray scheme too.

The five specific markings schemes offered are:

  • SB2U-1 - a Marines machine at MCAS Quantico, Va 1940 with a red, white and blue rudder

  • SB2U-2 - VF-2 USS Lexington Utility Hack in July 1939 with Lemon Yellow tail with twin red LSO stripes and fuselage code 2-F-19

  • SB2U-2 - CV-5 Air Group Commander USS Yorktown, 1939, with red tail and diagonal fuselage band

  • SB2U-2 - CV-7 Air Group Commander USS Wasp 1939, with black tail and diagonal fuselage band, and

  • SB2U-2 - the single overall non-spec grey example, Commander Tactical Unit One Battle Force Pacific Fleet 1941 coded TU-1.

All individual markings are supplied for the five aircraft, plus one full set of national markings for the wings and fuselage; red, white and blue rudder stripes; multiple sets of propeller tips and logos; and fuselage bands in Insignia Red and Black. You will be able to finish any one of the five aircraft with the markings supplied, or more if you source additional national markings

Five of the six pages of instructions provide three-view black and white drawings of each individual subject. The final page offers a list of suggested model paint matches to official United States Navy and United States Marine Corps colours (Testor, Tamiya, and Gunze).

The recommended kits are from the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 scale Vindicator family.

The decals, printed by Microscale, are supplied on a single sheet, and are in perfect register.




Yellow Wings has delivered another excellent, well-researched and comprehensive package for the the SB2U Vindicator.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Yellow Wings Decals for the review sample.

Review Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 11 February, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

Back to HyperScale Main Page

Back to Reviews Page