|Hobby Master 1/32 PREMIUM COLLECTION Air Power Series
Douglas SBD-2 "Battle of Midway"
BuNo 2106, VMSB-241, 4 June 1942
1/32 Scale airplanes
Limited Edition world-wide
Movable rear gun
Working dive brakes, rudder &
Engine cowling can be removed
Optional transparent engine
Rotating metal propeller
Movable centerline bomb rack
Bombs under each wing
Realistic looking crew
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 WWII with the US Marine Corps, Army and Navy. The Douglas
Dauntless was the workhorse of the US Navy in the Pacific. The Dauntless dive-bomber
was the only plane to fight in every major Pacific engagement and because of the battles
and the courage of the men that flew them, this plane became one of the most successful
designs of WWII with 5,936 having been built in all versions.
Originally Douglas SBD-2 BuNo 2106 belonged to VB-2 aboard USS Lexington. It
survived the Pearl Harbor attack and in April 1942 was reassigned to VMSB-241. On
June 4, 1942 VMSB-241 launched sixteen SBDs to attack Japanese carriers. Only eight
SBDs returned and 2106, riddled with 219 bullet holes was one of them. The aircraft was
repaired and sent to a training unit in Illinois. On June 11, 1943 the aircraft was ditched
into Lake Michigan, in 1994 salvaged, restored and on display at the National Naval
Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
Specifications for Douglas SBD-2 Dauntless
Crew: 2 X a pilot and a radioman-gunner
SDB-2 had increased fuel capacity but reduced again once self-sealing fuel tanks were
available, along with different armament from the SBD-1
2 forward firing 0.50 caliber machine guns.
Tail gunner equipped with twin 0.30 caliber machine guns.
Capable of carrying a 1600 lb bomb under the fuselage, a crutch was used to swing it
clear of the propeller in a dive.
Capable of carrying a 650 lb bomb under each wing.
Number of SBD-2s produced: 87
Length: 32’ 1” (9.7m)
Height: 13’ 7” (4.1m)
Wingspan: 41’ 6” (12.6m)
Wing area: 325 sq. ft (30.0 sq. m)
Empty weight: 5,652 lb. (2,564 kg)
Gross weight: 10,337 lb. (4,698 kg)
Maximum weight: 10,360 lb. (4,699 kg)
Engine: 1 X Wright R-1820-32
Range: 1,225 miles (1,970 km)
Cruise speed: 148 mph (238 km/h) (128 kt)
Max speed: 256 mph (412 km/h) (222 kt)
Climb rate: 1.080 ft/min. (329 m/min.)
Ceiling: 27,260 ft (8,319 m)
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