SB2C-4 HelldiverItem#: HN-TAMC173
- U.S. dive bomber
- Propeller-driven aircraft, single engine
- Handcrafted, hand-painted mahogany construction
- Scale: 1/32nd
- Operators: U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army Air Force, others worldwide
- Time in operation: 1943-1959 (Italy)
- World War II era
- Manufacturers: Curtiss (primary), Fairchild Canada, Canadian Car & Foundry
- Length: 14 inches
- Wingspan: 18.5 inches
The product of a long and troublesome design period, the Curtiss SB2C dive bomber entered U.S. military service in 1943 under the call-sign of Helldiver. Built to replace the aging SBD Dauntless in Navy service, the Helldiver had a troublesome start, being ill-received by its flight crews and shipboard mechanics for a variety of handling and maintenance problems, but eventually its speed, large payload, and increased range won out, and the Helldiver was used successfully in a number of Pacific battles, including the sinking of the Yamato at Okinawa.
The Helldiver is reconstructed here in a handcrafted mahogany model, painted to match the SB2C's own unique tricolor paint scheme. A high degree of quality and precision make this model a must-have for any enthusiast.
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