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  1. SB2C-5 Helldiver "The Final Version" 1:72 Special Hobby The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was, as the name suggests, a dedicated divebomber which replaced the Douglas SBD Dauntless in US Navy Service. The design was beset by problems and its entry into service was severely delated while Curtiss attempted to resolve all of the flaws. The final production version was the SB2C-5 which was able to carry more fuel, featured a revised paddle-shaped propeller, enlarged bomb bay and revised cockpit canopy with simplified framing. It was also equipped with the AN/APS-4 radar. The SB2C-5 was delivered just in time to participate in the final skirmishes of the War. It survived in US Navy service for a short time after the War, but the real twilight of its career was through the post-War military aid programme. SB2C-5s were delivered to Italy, Greece, Portugal and Thailand. The Italian Helldivers flew until 1959, while Greek were deployed against communist insurgents during the Greek Civil War. French Helldivers were deployed in French Indo-China against the Viet-Minh and were used in the unsuccessfull operation to liberate Dien Bien Phu. All-in-all, quite a career for an aircraft that some considered to be a failure. As you might have spotted, this is Academy´s SB2C-4 kit with extra parts produced by Special Hobby to enable construction of the Dash 5 version. I shan't go into great detail about Academy's kit, save to say that it is accurate, well detailed and throughly modern. The kit has a good reputaton, and deservedly so. Special Hobby's extra parts include the enlarged bomb bay doors, the spinnerless paddle-shaped propeller and the revised canopy. The kit also includes a range of resin ordnance, including napalm tanks, the AN/APS-4 radar and rockets for the underwing hardpoints. Also included are resin wheels, complete with detailed tyre tread and separate hub covers. The decal sheet provides for four options: SB2C-5 89357, Flottille 3F, Aéronavale, French Indo-China, 1954. This aicraft operated from the carrier Arromanches; SB2C-5 215, VB-9, USS Lexington, US Navy, Pacific Ocean, August/September 1945; SB2C-5 80036, Italian Aeronautica Militare, 1950-55; and SB2C-5 3329, No.336 Squadron, Larissa, Hellenic Air Force, 1949. Conclusion It's interesting to see Special Hobby release another manufacturers kit with their own additional parts and decals in order to produce another version. The Academy kit is already a very good kit, while the addition of Special Hobby's extra parts opens up some great new possibilities and some attractive schemes. Overall, this is a nice kit an can be highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. Based on the academy kit with dedicated injected parts like a new canopy, Special Hobby is to release in Spring 2017 a 1/72nd Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver kit - ref. SH72324 Source: http://www.specialhobby.net/2016/12/sh72350-sb2c-5-helldiver-172.html box art V.P.
  3. Photo Etch Detail Sets for Special Hobby SB2C-5 Helldiver 1:72 Eduard Special Hobby's SB2C-5 Helldiver is, as we saw in my recent review, really Academy's SB2C-4 with extra parts and ordnance. Given that Eduard already produced a set of photo etched parts for the Academy kit (as well as the later Cyber Hobby kit), it should come as no surprise to see that the Czech firm have been so quick to market a set of parts for their compatriot's kit. All told, there are three sets, plus a zoom set for the time or budget conscious modeller. SB2C-5 Helldiver Set This set caters for the kit's cockpit as well as those parts of the airframe not covered by the other three sets detailed below. The first fret comprises mainly of pre-painted self-adhesive parts, including harnesses for the crew seats, a wealth of sidewall detail including throttle controls, . A multi-layered instrument panel and parts for the radio are also included. Cooling sleeves for the twin .30 inch Browning machine guns are included, along with a delicate ring and bead sight and a number of ammunition boxes. The engine benefits from the addition of ignition wiring and the air intakes positioned above and below the cowling receive some nicely rendered mesh parts. Parts are also included for the bombs bay and the control rods for the rudder and elevators. SB2C-5 Helldiver Zoom Set The zoom set contains the first fret from the above set, with a correspondingly lower price tag. Ideal for those who want to jazz their kit up a bit but without spening hours slaving over tiny pieces of brass. SB2C-5 Helldiver Undercarriage Set This fret includes everything you'll need to turn the kit's undercarriage into a masterpiece. Star of the show are a pair of etched linings for the main landing gear bays, complete with exquisite rib detail. The downside is that you'll need to cut away the ribs from the original plastic parts before installing the photo etched replacements. Also on the fret are parts for detailing the main landing gear legs and wheels, including a set of brake lines and scissor links, both of which will help to bring the kit parts to life. SB2C-5 Helldiver Landing Flaps Set The flaps on the Academy/Special Hobby kit have been moulded in place, so the use of this set will mean being brave and cutting away a fair amount of plastic. The flaps themselves look extremely complex, so I'd recommending reading and re-reading the instructions, as well as checking the photographs of the real thing. A proper photo etch bending tool would be a very good asset to acquire if you really want this set and don't already have one. Conclusion Special Hobby have breathed new life into Academy's kit and opened up the possibility of the some interesting painting and marking schemes along the way. Overall this set is up to Eduard's usual high standards and can therefore be recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Resin Upgrade Sets for SB2C Helldiver 1:72 CMK Hot on the heels of Special Hobby's upgraded boxing of the already excellent Academy Helldiver kit come these resin upgrade sets. Just like the resin items included with the SH kit, these parts have been designed on a computermebob and mastered using 3D printing technology. CMK are well known for prodcing some seriously nice resin, and these items are no exception. SB2C Main Wheels Set for Academy/Cyber-Hobby/Airfix Kits The first set includes a pair of replacement wheels which can be used with any kit of the Helldiver, be it Academy, Airfix or Cyber Hobby. You won't need to buy these items if you have the Special Hobby version of the Academy kit, however, as they are already included in the box. The wheels themselves are nicely cast and feature much better tyre tread detail than you would find on any injection moulded plastic part. Optional hubs are also included. SB2C Control Surfaces Set for Academy Kit This set includes resin replacements for the Academy/SH kit's control surfaces; specifically the ailerons, elevators and the rudder. The casting is as crisp and smooth as you would expect from CMK, and the surface detail is excellent. You will need to cut away the corresponding parts from the kit in order to use these, so care will need to be taken in order to avoid an expensive (or bloody) slip of the fingers. Conclusion CMK can be relied upon to turn out some good quality resin, a fact to which these sets testify. Detail is top-notch, casting is flawless and I have no doubt that the fit will be equally good. If you have an Academy Helldiver in your stash then these sets will be well worth picking up. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. SB2C Helldiver Throttle Quadrant

    This is a throttle quadrant I picked up from eBay last week - following research online, I am pretty certain it's from an SB2C Helldiver. Can anyone confirm or deny that? It's all seized up, but one of my friends owns an aircraft instrumentation restoration and refurbishment company, so I'll enlist his help in how to tackle it so that the levers are operable.
  6. Source: http://www.largescaleplanes.com/whatsnew/whatsnew.php V.P.
  7. This is The Commemorative Air Force SB2C-5, pics thanks to Bill (Navy Bird)
  8. Eduard Photo Etch detail sets for Cyberhobby SB2C-4 Helldiver 1:72 Eduard Although Cyber Hobby’s Golden Wing series kits have a mixed reputation, their Helldiver seems to be generally well regarded. A combination of superb fit and excellent detail makes it a tempting, if not cheap option for those seeking to add a Helldiver to their collection. Now Eduard have released a tranche of photo etch detail sets aimed at pushing an already detailed kit right up to the top of the tree. SB2C-4 (Self Adhesive) 1:72 Eduard This set caters for the kit's cockpit as well as those parts of the airframe not covered by the other three sets detailed below. The first fret is comprised mainly of pre-painted self-adhesive parts, including harnesses for the crew seats, a replacement armoured headrest for the pilot and an absolute wealth of sidewall detail including throttle levers and every other control you can think of. A multi-layered instrument panel and parts for the radio are also included. Cooling sleeves for the twin .30 inch Browning machine guns are included, along with a delicate ring and bead sight and a number of ammunition boxes. The engine benefits from the addition of ignition wiring and the air intakes positioned above and below the cowling receive some nicely rendered mesh parts. SB2C-4 Interior (Zoom) 1:72 Eduard This set is comprised of the pre-painted self-adhesive fret from the set reviewed above. SB2C Undercarriage 1:72 Eduard This fret includes everything you'll need to turn the kit's undercarriage into a masterpiece. Star of the show are a pair of etched linings for the main landing gear bays, complete with exquisite rib detail. The downside is that you’ll need to cut away the ribs from the original plastic parts before installing the photo etched replacements. Also on the fret are parts for detailing the main landing gear legs and wheels, including a set of brake lines and scissor links, both of which will help to bring the kit parts to life. SB2C Bomb Bay 1:72 Eduard This set, unsurprisingly enough, contains parts to detail the kit’s bomb bay. The bay itself benefits from a range of structural detail, the use of which will require a fair bit of cutting as a lot of the kit parts will need to be removed. Less drastic but still a big improvement are the bomb bay doors, which are a straightforward replacement for the kit versions. The bombs themselves get new nose and tail fuses and new ballistic tails, which again require a bit of butchery in order to make use of them. SB2C Landing Flaps 1:72 Eduard The Cyberhobby kit includes photo etched parts for the landing flaps, but they are nowhere near as detailed and these impressive examples. They do look extremely complex, so I'd recommending reading and re-reading the instructions, as well as checking the photographs of the real thing on Eduard's website (follow the 'Available Here' link below to see these). As an extra bonus, Eduard have also included details for the wing folds in this set as well. Conclusion By all accounts (I don't have one), Cyberhobby's Helldiver is a pretty good model. These sets will take that model and, with a little care and attention, turn it into a real show-stopper. If you must have the ultimate Helldiver in your collection, then it looks like you now can. Review sample courtesy of
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