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Paint scheme and decals for SBD Dauntless

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  • Member since
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  • From: Idaho
Paint scheme and decals for SBD Dauntless
Posted by jlaporte on Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:26 PM

Hello,

My next project is the 1/48 SBD Dauntless from Revell. The kit I got come with two paint variant one dutch and one USN from Guadalcanal (grey).

I have the book from Squadron Signal but I can't find any information about this camo. Any information are welcome.

  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:44 PM

That kit has a mix of features from different SBD versions. But for camo it can be in either the Blue Gray over Light Gray, or the Tri Color of Sea Blue top sides, intermediate blue sides and white lower surfaces.

 

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Posted by Bronto on Saturday, November 20, 2010 10:29 PM

The Detail and Scale book on the SBD has pictures of the aircraft in overall gray.

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, November 20, 2010 10:47 PM

The overall gray scheme was worn for a short time in1941. It wasdirected to be replaced with BlueGray over LightGray in Ocober 1941. It was mainly worn on SBD-1s (all USMC) and SBD-2s.

 

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  • From: Idaho
Posted by jlaporte on Sunday, November 21, 2010 1:00 AM

I did look into this book and found some information but couldn't find anything about the decals provided by Revell for this aircraft.

Look like to me that Revell totally invented this aircraft decals and I can't find anything in 1/48 for the SBD except yellow wing which have before WW2 decals.

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, November 21, 2010 1:51 AM

I think this is what you're looking for. USS Wasp served for awhile in the Med in mid 1942 before being sent to the Pacific to participate in the Guadalcanal operations. In the Med, a yellow surround was added to the national insignia as part of theater recognition markings. These were painted out, and not neatly, when she arrived in the Pacific. This photo was taken on the day of the landings at Guadalcanal on board USS Wasp.

File:Bridge off USS Wasp (CV-7), August 1942.jpg

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Idaho
Posted by jlaporte on Sunday, November 21, 2010 5:32 AM

That is exactly what I was looking for (The aircraft in the middle). Though, I though the yellow ring was only on the fusellage so if it was erase badly why it does look similar on the wing.

Anyway any more picture of it?

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:05 PM

That was the only pic I was able to find. It is possible that some aircraft had the yellow surround added on the wing. Especially when one considers that the SBD was not familiar to most Allied forces operating in the Med.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • From: Yuma, AZ
Posted by Ripcord on Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:10 PM

black and white picture? Big Smile

 

Grrr... stupid forum never post right...then does something else when I do exactly what I did the first time.....Stick out tongue

Mike

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