S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
32-001 Special Survivor
Series #1 SBD-2 Dauntless #2106 "Midway Madness"
|Contents and Media:
||Decal sheet and
USD$12.95 available online from
Yellow Wings website
||Outstanding instructions and
research; colour matches to Testor,
Gunze and Tamiya model paint ranges; high
quality printing of decals by Microscale; excellent (Trumpeter)
||National markings not
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Yellow Wings Decals
are available online from Squadron
Here is something
new from the people at Yellow Wings Decals. 32-001 is their first
foray into 1/32 scale and they have celebrated this by issuing the
initial sheet in their "Special" Survivors Series.
sheet provides the markings for a single aircraft, SBD-2 Bureau
number 2106 throughout her brief military career from July 1941 when
she was assigned to VB-2 aboard the USS Lexington until her untimely
demise in July 1943 when she was spun into Lake Michigan whilst
serving with Carrier Qualification Training Unit, Naval Air Station
Yellow Wings has
chosen a significant machine to provide markings for. Apart from
being the sole surviving SBD-2 above water, Bureau number 2106 was
also present at Naval Air Station Ford Island on December 7, 1941
when the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force raided Pearl Harbour,
took part in the early the early Pacific Fleet operations including
the 10 March 1942 raid on Lae-Salamau in New Guinea, and when
re-assigned to The United States Marine Corps' VMSB-241 participated
in the decisive battle of Midway, surviving the attack on the
Imperial Japanese Navy Ship Hiru, albeit with a wounded crew and at
least 210 holes in her.
Markings are provided to enable you to replicate 2106 in the three
different paint finishes she wore; her initial and highly colourful
"yellow wing" scheme, the overall non-specular light grey, and the
blue grey over light grey scheme. The final scheme has three
different markings options including red and white rudder markings
with red centre national markings, painted out but still visible red
centre national markings, and her final markings of white star on
blue circle background national insignia with white "plane in
squadron" numbers and letters.
As with all of Yellow Wings Decals products, this sheet is backed up
with extensive research and documentation. Yellow Wings provides six
double-sided A-4 sized pages of information and drawings. Each
marking variation has its own three-view black and white drawing
whilst another sheet provides left-hand side profiles of each
marking variation in colour with the artwork by well known
Hyperscale contributor Rich Dann.
other sheets provide a written history of 2106, a replica of a
period document that provides the colours and markings worn by all
of USS Lexington's SBD-2s by Bureau number, a list of all SBD-2s
produced and their squadron/carrier assignments by Bureau number,
and finally, a list of suggested model paint matches to official
United States Navy and United States Marine Corps colours (Testors,
Tamiya, and Gunze).
The suggested kit
is the new Trumpeter SBD1-2 one (if you haven't seen this yet, it’s
a beauty!) but I'm sure that you could use the old Matchbox one
(suitably modified of course) if you really wanted to.
Be aware that you will also need to find the national insignia
markings from elsewhere as they are not supplied on this sheet. For
the first marking option, Yellow Wings sheet 32-002 will help you
here and Yellow Wings advise that a future release (32-026) U.S.
National insignia in the five different sizes will provide the
national insignia you need. A further future release (32-009) will
provide you with stencil data for the SBD
(-1, -2 and – 3)
The decals themselves are produced by Microscale and are well up to
the products we are used to seeing from this benchmark company.
The decal sheet and the accompanying documentation are packed into
the ubiquitous clear plastic zip-loc bag along with a full sized
stiff cardboard header to stop everything from being bent and
Another very nice product from Yellow Wings Decals!