Photo Album 8 - Dauntless SBD

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Photo Album 1 - The Road to Minsk
Photo Album 2- The Road to Minsk
Photo Album 3 - The Road to Minsk
Photo Album 4- OS2U Kingfisher
Photo Album 5 - Flakvierling
Photo Album 6 - Building the Flakvierling
Photo Album 7 - Dauntless SBD
Photo Album 8 - Dauntless SBD
Photo Album 9 - Channel Gazing
Photo Album 10 - Stuka and Matilda
Photo Album 11- ME-109 and Spitfire V
Photo Album 12 - Anzio
Photo Album 13 - Anzio
Photo Album 14 - Bastogne Aftermath
Photo Album 15 - Normandy Ambush & more
Photo Album 16 - The First Time I Saw Paris
Photo Album 17- Aachen 1944
Photo Album 18 - Aachen 1944
Photo Album 19 - PT109
Photo Album 20 - "Corner Kick" Curtiss P-40
Photo Album 21 - Building "Corner Kick"
Photo Album 22 - Black Widow
Photo Album 23 - Assorted models
Photo Album 24 - Somewhere in Saudi (A-10)
Photo Album 25 - Top Gun Air Show
Photo Album 26 - Top Gun Airshow 2
Photo Album 27 - The Mother of all Battles
Photo Album 28 - The First Night - F-111
Photo Album 29 - My kids are in on the action - Christian's Dioramas
Photo Album 30 - My kids are in on the action - Nicole's Dinosaurs
Photo Album 31 - Coming Soon - Operation Market Garden
Photo Album 32 - The War Room
Photo Album 33 - Antique Ships Restoration Project
Photo Album 34 - Restoration Project II
Photo Album 35 - Restoration Project III
Photo Album 36 - Restoration Project IV
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Building the Dauntless SBD


Above: The engine compartment from the stock model. Not much detail - my finished version is below.



Above and above right: The original fuselage interior had nothing to offer. To the right is what I did with half of it. Using spare parts, thin metal rods, sheet plastic and junk parts, much can be done!
Right: The same fuselage side after painting. When super detailing, be very careful to not interfere with the fitting of the original model parts.





Above: One of my other cats, Harry Truman (Harry), inspects the freshly painted SBD. My cats love to watch me work, and will sleep in the cat bed and open box to the rear of the picture while I build and paint. The only thing they can't handle is the noise of the air compressor and the smell of dull coat. Harry has since gone to kitty heaven and we all miss him terribly.We will always love you my Harry.




Above: The instrument panel, in before/after format. The final panel has raised toggle switches, made from thin wiring with a dab of glue as the knob - the glue is painted when dry. The dials have indicator needles, and the panel looks a bit better than the original.
Left: The completed engine and rear engine compartment. The engine has been detailed with metal jewelry posts and mini wiring. I painted it gunmetal and dry brushed it with aluminum.



Left: The completed right side of the fuselage interior.


Left: The original boring crew compartment from the stock model on the right, and the slightly more exciting finished product on the left.
Above: A closeup of the crew compartment. The fuselage wall has a first aid kit and fire extinguisher. The gunner's seat is completely transformed, with leather padding and a real metal ring for the guns. Knobs and toggle switches have been added to the pilot's panels, as well as pedals and trim wheels. The gunner has footrests, ammo boxes and both men have canvas seatbelts.
Left: A close up of the pilot's compartment. Directly behind his seat is the radio, complete with transmitter/receiver, toggle switches and more.


Above: Audie Murphy (Audie), the culprit that spilled the glue that destroyed my first SBD as described on my home page. Audie passed in 2016. We miss him.