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 HA0173 – 1/72 Scale Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless, VB-6, US Navy
Hobby Master diecast model HA0173 replicates in 1/72 scale the Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless, “Black One” as flown by LT. Richard Best during the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. Best was commanding officer of VB-6, part of Enterprise Air Group, aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6) at that time.
Lieutenant Commander Best
On June 4, 1942, Lieutenant Best led two strikes against Japanese aircraft carriers during the Battle of Midway on which he sank the Akagi and later helped destroy the Hiryu. For his actions, Best received the Navy Cross.
A faulty oxygen bottle in his SBD dive-bomber on the morning strike affected Best’s lungs, resulting in his grounding. Two years later, he developed tuberculosis and was medically retired.
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.