Hobby Master 1/72 Scale Air Power Series
|Length||14.0 cm||5.50 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||17.6 cm||6.90 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable pilot and crew figurines
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA0174 – 1/72 Scale Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless, Enterprise Air Group, US Navy
Hobby Master diecast model HA0174 replicates in 1/72 scale the Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless as flown by LCDR C. Wade McClusky during the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. McClusky was Enterprise Air Group Commander, aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) at that time.
LCDR C. Wade McClusky
On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, McClusky led the air group’s scout bombers to hunt the Japanese carriers. Unable to locate them, McClusky, with the air group’s fuel dangerously low, decided to follow the Japanese destroyer Arashi. This led directly to the enemy carriers, making a crucial contribution to the outcome of the battle. For his actions, McClusky received the Navy Cross.
Douglas SBD Dauntless
The Douglas SBD Dauntless is an American two-seat, single-engine monoplane, carrier-capable scout plane and dive bomber. Developed from the Northrop BT-1, the maiden flight took place on May 1, 1940, entering service later that year (Northrop became a subsidiary of the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1937). The Dauntless was the US Navy’s predominant carrier scout plane and dive bomber from 1940 until replaced by the SB2C Helldiver in 1944. It saw service with the USMC and as the A-24 Banshee with the US Army. Production ended in 1944, with 5,936 airframes built.
The airframe is an all-metal with a semi-monocoque fuselage, low mounted cantilevered wings, a conventional tail, and fabric-covered flight control surfaces. The wings have huge perforated metal flaps, with top and bottom panels that could be extended in unison, acting as a dive brake. The undercarriage is a tailwheel type with retractable primary units.
Powered by a single Wright R-1820, nine-cylinder single-row supercharged air-cooled radial engine, driving a three-bladed adjustable-pitch propeller. The SBD-3 had a maximum speed of 402 km/h (250 mph), an 8,260 m (27,100 ft) service ceiling, and a maximum range of 1939 km (1,205 mi).
Armament consisted of two forward-firing 0.50 in (12.7 mm) Browning M2 machine guns, mounted in the top of the nose cowling, firing through the propeller. Two flexible-mounted 0.30 in (7.62 mm) Browning machine guns in the rear cockpit. The SBD could carry up to 1,020 kg (2,250 lb) of bombs, under the fuselage, and one under each wing.