SBD Dauntless

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  1. Njaco

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    I didn't know where to put a thread like this so here it is.

    The next Group Build in the Modelling Section is on the PTO. I've decided to finish a Dauntless that my father semi started. But I have no clue about the plane, who flew or camo schemes. I think I want to portray a Dauntless that flew from the US carriers at Midway but I don't have any info. I think Lucky is doing Swede's Dauntless and this might help him also. So.....

    What Dauntless units were involved at Midway?

    What were their markings / camo?

    What type/mark of Dauntless was at Midway? SBD-1, -2, -3, -4, -5?

    Is there much external difference between a SBD-1 and a SBD-3? Or any of the others?

    Thanks!
     
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    How about the SBD that Lt. Stanley W. ""Swede" Vejtasa flew?

    Pretty sure he was with VS-5 while flying the Dauntless...
     
  3. Njaco

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    Lucky is doing his I believe. Didn't want to duplicate. I have no idea where to start.,
     
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    This help?
     
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    This might help Njaco. It bears the markings of VB-3, from the USS Yorktown I believe.

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    Ahh...well, heck...

    We'll find one for ya'! :)
     
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    Hey! I think I may have found one of interest for you, NJ!

    From the Naval Aviation Museum:
     

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    Now that last one looks interesting! SBD-2 from Midway - Now to see if there are any external differences between a SBD-1 and a -2.

    What the 'ell else is at the bottom of Lake Michigan??
     
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    Sounded pretty interesting, for sure.

    What a survivor...making it through Pearl Harbor Midway....and pulled out of a lake in one peice after languishing down there for years. Amazing!
     
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    It was interesting that the rear gunner sat forward during training dives. If I was him I think I would ask to stay on the ground during his training.

    I like the SBD. I think that the USN should have developed this plane further instead of going with the "beast" (Helldiver).
     
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    Looking forward to seeing how she comes along Chris!
     
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    How about something with a little color and different. Profile below with info. Not Midway but still interesting.
     

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    Gotta be part of the Pacific Theatre of Ops Paul....
     
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    To bad, would have made a nice looking model
     
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    Thanks Paul. That is the model I'm working with, a SBD-1 but what I've found so far is that most were replaced by SBD-2s at the time of Midway. So I have to modify - I think addition rear guns was the major change - and find out the markings for the various units. Still researching. Thats why I opened this thread. Hopefully something pops up - like that one Lake Michigan Dauntless. I'm thinking.......
     
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    I have photos of the Planes of Fame SBD. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the paint scheme, but they seem to do a pretty good job with accuracy there.
     

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    Thanks Eric! That is the paint scheme I'm going with. I need to find out with markings. As soon as I decide whether its from Yorktown, Hornet or Enterprise, I can go from there.

    Great underside shot! Now I know how to do the weathering!
     
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    Great shot for weathering.
     
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