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Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« on: July 10, 2012, 07:32:20 am »
Well here's my next build for this GB. She somewhat stalled a little bit when I went visiting up North and it took a little while to get going again.

In mid 1943 No 4 squadron exchanged their Wirraway's for the Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless. This change of role also saw them change from the previous squadron codes of QE to HQ (rumours have abounded for years that this was never officially promulgated but was caused by some confusion in the paintshop at the time the codes were applied to the new aircraft  :banghead: :banghead: :rolleyes:) The RAAF had looked at both the Vultee Vengeance and the Dauntless for the dive bomber role but came down on the side of a de-navalised version of the Dauntless as this enabled greater commonality with their allies in theatre.

No 4 squadron kept their Dauntless until early 1945 when they were reequipped with Helldivers for the invasion of Java.

So here we have A27-200 of No 4 squadron bombed up and ready to go on another mission in support of the ground troops from their Port Morsby base.

The kit is the Hasegawa SBD-5 Aeronvale version which already includes an option for an aircraft that's been de-hooked. Very nice kit, typical Hasegawa and goes together very well. I had an Eduard Zoom etch set for this, so used it. In all honesty although easy to use I doubt if it's worth it. All you can really see is the seat belts and instrument panel. The rest looked very nice fitted but disappeared once the fuselage was closed.

Paints are from the Lifecolour RAAF box set (they do two) and went on very well. I really like the colour differences between this Foliage green/Dk Earth/Sky aircraft and my RAF Far East Hurricane in Dk Green/Dk Earth. The Australian colours really make it stand out from the crowd.

Markings came from a Special Hobby Wirraway - squadron codes, national markings and personal marking - the serial came from a Special Hobby Vengeance as I figured the Dauntless would have got the Vengeance serial No's in real life (A27-***).

I enjoyed this build and am now tempted to do either an Aussie Helldiver or maybe a New Zealand one.

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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 07:48:34 am »
Just perfect! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :wub: :wub: :wub: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 03:17:39 pm »
Very nice, Chris.  Looks the part!   :thumbsup:
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 04:32:24 pm »
looks neat, i had to double check there as i wasnt sure if the Aussies actually did fly Dauntless's, the best kind of whiff  :wacko:

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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012, 05:02:35 pm »
Put that on a contest table and you'll fool a lot of people!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 05:24:30 am »
A nice build and a really clean finish  :thumbsup: and perfectly believable (and a few RAAF squadrons did change their 2 letter codes part-way through the war, too, so even that's realistic).  :mellow:
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2012, 04:13:44 pm »
I've just purchased an Airfix Dauntless and, if it's Ok with you, will use it for an Aussierama if I get time as an extension of your backstory for the dauntless in RAAF service.
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2012, 02:07:14 am »
No problem Comrade - nice of you to ask  :thumbsup:
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2012, 03:03:41 am »
Missed this thread completely - and saw the finished product at Telford.  really, really nice, Chris.
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2012, 03:15:54 pm »
That looks so right in those colours
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2012, 02:08:42 am »
That looks so right in those colours

Must admit it's a scheme I like. The Lifecolor Australian box sets are very good. Great paint and the shades are different enough from the standard RAF ones (where appropriate) to stand out. No idea to how accurate they are but look fine to me  :thumbsup:
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2012, 10:40:15 am »
So your not just a pretty face,shipped onto the SIG stand for modelling eye candy ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D............................................no your definitely not. :drink: :drink:
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2012, 07:38:48 am »
Surely you jest mon-ami  :rolleyes:
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Re: Dive Bombers over New Guinea
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2012, 12:35:09 am »
Now, that is good! :thumbsup:

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