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Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless Balsa Wood Model Airplane Kit 1003

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This balsa model kit features true to life action parts such as movable flying surfaces, a sliding canopy, retractable landing gear, drop-able bombs, and scale pilot and gunner figures. Kit can be built as a beautiful scale shelf model or flown (rubber free flight or powered U-Control). For U-Control installation, this kit contains a plywood firewall, tip guide, bell crank base, and nylon flying line. Although the fuselage of this model is roomy enough to accommodate simple R/C equipment, no instructions and diagrams are included or available.

Wingspan: 31 1/4". Scale: 1:16. Age: 14+. Skill Level: Advanced. Build Time: 40+ Hours

In two early U.S. Navy engagements of WWII, the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway Island, the carrier based Dauntless dive bomber played a historic part in blunting the Japanese offensive that began at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Fulfilling the attack role assigned to it at its conception, the SBD, operating from the decks of the carriers Lexington, Yorktown, Wasp, and Enterprise, mortally damaged the main units of the Japanese carrier fleet and set the stage for the ultimate Allied victory in the Pacific theatre. Not as well known is its impressive record for shooting down enemy aircraft when protecting the U.S. carriers from Japanese air strikes- prowess not expected of a dive-bomber. At war’s end, the claim was made that the Dauntless SBD had sunk more enemy combatant tonnage than all other arms of the service combined.