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SHOWCASING THE VERY BEST IN SCALE AIRCRAFT MODELLING
October / November 2013
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KAMIL FELIKS SZTARBALA’S VIETNAM SKYRAIDER
SDB3 Dauntless Trumpeter’s large scale Dauntless modelled by Thomas de la Fuente
Superbad Spad Kamil Feliks Sztarbala dishes the dirt on Tamiya’s 1:48 Skyraider
Rafale M The Hobby Boss 1:72 Rafale gets an ‘M’ makeover by Francois Regis Binder
Big Bird B-17, Part 1 The Editor bigins his build of HK Models spectacular 1:32 Flying Fortress
A26M Zero trainer Luc Janssen revisits an old project and converts Tamiya’s 1:32 Zero
P-51 D Mustang Tamiya’s beautiful 1:32 Mustang built from the box by Girolamo Lorusso
Air Born New releases
Ju-87 B2 Charles Whall builds a striking Stuka from Italeri’s 1:48 kit
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SDB3 DAUNTLESS Modelled and described by Tomas de la Fuente
In 1934, the Douglas Company designer, Ed
At the beginning of hostilities against Japan, the
Heinemann began work on a new dive bomber
Dauntless proved itself including in the Battle of
for the U.S. Navy, which was to be based on
the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway and
aircraft carriers. After many twists and
Guadalcanal. And specifically in Midway where
intermediate type designs, finally on 23 July
they won great respect, being the principal
1938, the first flight of the prototype of the
architects of victory, because in four minutes
Dauntless, the XBT-2 took place. The first
they sank three of four Japanese aircraft
production model was shipped on June 4, 1940,
carriers. The fourth aircraft carrier, was sunk a
the SBD-1. Over the next four years, there were
several models Dauntless (SBD-1, -2, -3, -4, -5
In particular the model SBD-3 performed well at
and -6), besides being used by the U.S. Navy,
Midway and were the same aircraft that had
other countries, (Australia, Chile, France,
participated in the Coral Sea a month earlier,
Mexico, New Zealand and the UK), and the U.S.
well worn aircraft, and experienced in combat,
Army also used it, under the name of A-24
these are aspects that must be reflected in the
realisation of the model I had planned.
The Trumpeter kit in 1:32 scale, was my choice for the project, and the version I bought, is specific to the SBD-3 at Midway. When I opened the box I wasn’t happy, as the fuselage was moulded in clear plastic. I particularly detest clear plastic, as it is very brittle and difficult to machine and not sanded easily. The rest of the model looked good, with many parts, as is tradition with this brand there’s an option of two versions of the same model, early and late, distinguished, besides the tail gunner weapon, in the
fairing behind the engine. To bring the detail to the standard I wanted I thought it necessary to acquire several improvements, which were: The Eduard Big Ed set dedicated to this aircraft, which is a bumper set with all the Eduard photoetch and masks, Master Casters resin wheels, Master’s metal Gun Barrels and Aires resin .50 M2 Machine Gun (Browning). In total I used around 400 pieces of photoetch, really crazy!
Construction I started assembling some pieces sticking photoetched parts in the fuselage and other details and I could see that the transparency of the plastic would be a real problem, I decided to prime all interior parts in black, which gave me a great contrast to work on. After all the interior was painted with Gunze Interior Green, H-58, some parts like the seat and the tail gunner position which were first painted with Alclad II Aluminium Dull (ALC-117), were scratched with a scourer around the edges before the green dried simulating the wear often seen. The ammo box in the tail gunner position is in aluminium, and Model Master metalizer was used for this.
Once I’d painted the entire interior, I proceeded to apply some airbrushed highlights, the same colour mixed with a few drops of yellow. After that all photoetched parts were added: plates, instrument panels, seat belts, front of radio equipment, etc. I also added the necessary wiring, making wire and cable from Plus Model’s lead wire which allows for easy shaping. There are several placards that don’t come in photoetch, but I thought they were important so these were drawn in Photoshop by my good friend Antonio Ramil. The placards were printed in reverse on clear acetate, and then coloured behind in the necessary tones. I painted the details with Vallejo acrylics, and the baskets that carried the oxygen systems and regulators I painted in a different shade of green, specifically Mr Color Russian green C-135, to differentiate as per my references. After all this, I added shading, applying a wash of Mig Productions Dark Wash giving a very convincing finish. Once this is finished, I let it dry for a day and matt varnished with polyurethane acrylic matt varnish from Vallejo, which gives a very good matt finish. Also applied were earthy tones with Mig pigments on the edges of the floor to give the illusion of dust and dirt inside the cabin. 4
While I was working with the cockpit, I was working in parallel on the engine adding the photoetch and the spark plug wires with again, Plus Model wire. In total, between the parts of the kit itself, photoetched and cables, the engine consists of nearly a hundred pieces. I painted the engine as follows: crank case I painted with Alclad II steel, the cylinder base with Alclad II Magnesium (ALC-211), the cylinder head with Alclad II aluminium and the starter ring, the gearbox in grey Gunze H-22. The valve caps on the cylinder head and the plates covering the heads were finished with black enamel (XF-1 Tamiya), the intake pipes with Alclad Pale Burnt Metal (ALC-104), the spark plug wires with X-9 Tamiya enamel. Leaks and weathering were achieved with various shades of brown with matte acrylics and Mig pigments and rust tones. Once the engine and cockpit were done, before closing the fuselage, I cut the doors of the compartment that housed the rear guns, a rather delicate operation given the fragile nature of transparent plastic. To make the cut, I use Dymo tape, to support the area and a pin in a chuck to scribe through the plastic until it is free. Then, I could glue the two fuselage halves. I primed it by airbrushing Mr Surfacer diluted with Lacquer Thinner, after which there were some defects in the plastic which I fixed with putty. I Glued the wings together, before adding a series of pieces in photoetch to the wheel wells. and glued the wings to the fuselage, and the elevators, leaving the model ready for the painting phase.
Painting & Weathering The kit provides two aircraft involved in the Battle of Midway, one from the VS-5 on the USS Yorktown, and another belonging to the VB-3, also based in Yorktown, the latter is the one I chose, marked as B-10, piloted by Lt. Harold S. "Syd" Bottomley with tail gunner and radio operator Daniel F. Johnson. Bottomley hit one of the Japanese carriers, and flew back to Yorktown,
he had to land on the Enterprise, refuel and reattack the fourth carrier. For this feat Bottomley was awarded the Navy Cross. The Dauntless’ which participated in Midway, had a number of features that make them quite attractive when shown on a model, these peculiarities were: •One month earlier had participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea, so they were pretty dirty and worn. •National markings had just changed, to remove the red circle at the centre of the stars, leaving traces of the red.
•Also removed were the red and white lines painted on the tail. On some aircraft, a patch could be seen in a darker blue or they are painted with a blue grey, but quickly bleaching you could still see the white and red lines, this was my choice. •Despite being painted in a single tone, the grey blue, showed a significant gradation of shades of the same colour, depending on the area of the airplane, due to wear gradation and fading.
For the canopies, first I dipped the parts into Future / Klear and allowed them to dry on absorbent paper. This removes imperfections and provides a good smooth surface. After letting it dry for several days, I proceeded to apply the magnificent Eduard masks, then painted green inside with Gunze H-58, on all parts except the front which was painted black. Once dry, I painted the exterior color, the blue grey, finally, I outlined all screws and panel lines with pen and a dark transparent wash.
As I said, these aircraft were painted in blue grey FS 35189 over FS 26440 and grey on the undersides. To paint this I used Mr Color C-367 lacquer, which corresponds to the FS 35189 very well. For the FS26440 grey I used the Gunze H-325, also gives the exact shade.
I painted the lower surfaces with Grey FS 26440, for the control surfaces I painted with the same grey, but mixed with white Gunze H-316 (an off-white, not pure) in a ratio of 1:4 With the same mix, the panels on the bottom of the fuselage were highlighted and wo...