|Hobby Master 1/32 PREMIUM COLLECTION Air Power Series
Douglas SBD-3 "Dauntless"
BuNo 4537, flown by Lt(jg) William E. Hall and
Seaman John A. Moore
USS Lexington (CV 2), 8 May 1942
1/32 Scale airplanes
Limited Edition only 200 world-wide
Comes with metal stand
Movable rear gun
Working dive brakes, rudder & ailerons
Rotating metal propeller
Movable centerline bomb rack
Optional see-through engine cowling
L - 12.4 in (315mm)
W - 15.75 in (400mm)
H - 4.8 in (122mm)
Weight - 1.98 lb (900g)
|Designed as a light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, various versions of the Dauntless
served during the war with the US Marine Corps, Army and Navy. The Douglas was the only
plane to fight in every major Pacific engagement. The SBD-3,
sarcastically nicknamed “Speedy Three”, entered service in March 1941 with production ending
in July 1944, by which time a total of 5,936 had been built in all versions.
On May 8, 1942 when the USS Yorktown and USS Lexington were attacked by aircraft from the
Japanese carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku part of the defense force was provided by SBD-3’s from
USS Lexington. The SBD-3 BuNo.4537 “White S-8” of VS-2 crewed by Lt(jg) William E Hall and
Seaman 1st Class John A Moore was assigned to low-level anti-torpedo aircraft patrol. During the
fighting pilot Lt.(jg) William E. Hall was seriously wounded in the foot but continued to fight
shooting down at least one Nakajima B5N. When Hall landed his aircraft it was so damaged that
it was jettisoned overboard. In January 1942 the US Navy began to change recognition markings
on its aircraft and for several months aircraft were seen wearing various combinations of
Length: 32 ft., 8 in.
Height: 13 ft., 7 in.
Wingspan: 41ft., 6 in.
Empty: 6,345 lb.
Gross: 10,400 lb.
One 1,000 horsepower Wright R-1820-52 engine
Maximum Speed: 250 M.P.H.
Maximum Range with Bomb Load: 1,345 miles
Service Ceiling: 27,100 ft.
Pilot and gunner/radio operator
Two fixed forward-firing .50-in. guns,
Two flexible-mounted rear-firing .30-in. guns,
1,200 lb. of ordnance