S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
48-012 Pre WWII 1940-41
United States Navy SBD-2 Douglas Dauntless
|Contents and Media:
||One decal sheet and
USD$9.46 available online from Squadron.com
reference and instructions; markings for up to 36 aircraft (partial); colour matches to Testor,
Gunze and Tamiya model paint ranges; high
quality printing of decals by Microscale; kit subject is actually
||National markings and squadron insignia
must be sourced elsewhere
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Wings 1/48 scale US Navy SBD-2 decals
are available online from Squadron
Sheet 48-012 is the
third and final sheet in the current round of releases from
follows the now familiar approach adopted by the people at
Yellow-Wings Decals in that it gives you a whole lot but not quite
What does this
mean? Well, whilst the sheet gives you markings to model 12 Section
Leader aircraft as well as 24 other machines of VB-2 and VS-2 it
doesn't provide the entire markings to complete a single machine.
To do this, you will need to find the national
insignia as well as squadron markings from other sources. If you
don't already have national insignia, Yellow-Wings sheets
48-018 will supply them and the
information provided on the bottom of both placement guides advise
you that you can get the wing chevrons and fuselage bands (if you
opt not to paint them yourself) as well as the squadron insignia and
prop tips from sheet 48-013 which
is yet to be released.
this sheet does supply however, is as follows:
'number-letter-number' ie. 2 B 1, 2 S 1.
Six sets of
U.S. NAVY titles (there are actually 13 of these, so you get a
single one spare).
SBD-2.Aircraft designators (16 sets plus a spare)
Bureau numbers for 48 different machines. This always impresses
me as Yellow-Wings here as they could have just as easily
supplied generic SBD-2 designators and individual numbers in a 0
though 9 format which would see you applying four very
small individual decals to make up a Bureau number.
smattering of 'Battle Es' in both white with black shadowing and
plain black in different sizes.
The markings for the Section Leader's machines are complete in that
you get the number-letter-number as a one-piece decal as well as
wing numbers. The markings for the wingmen's machines though are
ten individual letter Ss and ten individual letter Bs, with their
individual numbers provided on three strands of numbers - fourteen
1s, six 2s, four 3s, four 4s, four 5s, four 6s, a four 7s, four 8s,
and four 9s so you will have to cut them out individually, and apply
them piecemeal. The wing numbers receive the same treatment.
The support material that Yellow-Wings Decals supply is what makes
their products excel. 48-012 is no exception as there are four A-4
sized sheets (printed on both sides) accompanying the decals. .
These sheets contain:
guides – one for the VS-1 option and a further one for the VB-2
option. The front of these sheets shows a left hand side
profile line drawing of a generic machine, as well as a split
top/bottom top view and a front-on view on the front of the
page. The back of them provides what Yellow-Wings tell you is
an exact reproduction of the painting and markings blueprint for
the SBD-2 taken from Douglas Aircraft Company documentation to
paint each aircraft by Bureau number and colours for each
squadron i.e. what colour the fuselage bands, cowling fronts and
wing chevrons were.
A further A-4
sized sheet (printed on both sides) provides information on the
disposition and delivery of all of the 87 SBD-2s of contract
number 65969 (I only counted 57), as well as colour reference
chart that provides matches of the colours used on the
one-to-one scale examples to Testors Model Master, Tamiya and
Gunze-Sangyo model paint ranges. There is also a formula
provided on how to mix Testor's model paint to make a more
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
The decals themselves have been printed by Microscale who is for my
money, the best decal manufacturer in the world, bar none. The
supporting information as well as the decal sheets (there are two
sheets, a full-size one as well as a smaller one) and a stiff
cardboard header come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The recommended kit is the superb Accurate Miniatures one.
A great package from the people at Yellow-Wings Decals. It provides
excellent quality decals as well as complete historical background
and information on the colours and markings worn by the SBD-2s used
by the VS-2 and VB-2.
Thanks to Yellow Wings Decals for
the review samples.
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