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richdlc

1/18 French SBD-5 Dauntless Indochina 1947

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total construction time just under two years. From Merit SBD-3/4 kit with extensive modifications. New windshield, scratchbuilt flaps and actuating mechanism, scratchbuilt interior, twin 0.30 cals, engine, engine accessory compartment, bomb racks and fuselage interior. Skinned with pewter sheet.

 

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Fantastic work on that Dauntless !!!

Detailing and realism are quite INCREDIBLE !!!

Congratulations, it really is a piece of ART !!!

:wow::goodjob::wow::goodjob::gobsmacked:

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At first I said hummm... but then photo after photo it looked more and more realistic. French planes where heavy weathered and it looks amazingly real. Impressive work.

 

Best regards.

 

Ignacio

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thanks guys

 

yes I was always in two minds about the weathering throughout the build, but it looks 'worse' than it is in close up photos... but you are right, these machines were at the end of their service life and heavily weathered.

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You've made a real mess of that kit, an excellent mess. It really does look weatherbeaten. Much as the real thing looks in the photo I came across.

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Utterly incredible! :thumbsup: Each photo has some really inspiring detail.

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I just don't know where you got the 40 foot kitchen table from! I genuinely can't tell the difference between that and a real one. Not only is the detail eye-wateringly, er, detailed, but the finish is wonderfully weathered too. It was just like a set of walkaround reference pictures. You must be very pleased with it. So what's next? Maybe a quick Airfix starter kit for light relief?

 

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Adrian

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Wow - what a masterpiece!

 

Regards

 

Dave

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Wow, just incredible detail - bravo! Something really special.

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Holy Crap is it real!!! Looks like a full size plane. I've shown this to my dinner party guests, all of them non-modellers are blown away.i:)

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You've captured the war weary look typical of French aircraft of that era.

 

Superb modelling.

 

Pete

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Amazing job, looks superb

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3 hours ago, noelh said:

You've made a real mess of that kit, an excellent mess. It really does look weatherbeaten. Much as the real thing looks in the photo I came across.

 

thank you very much. I was a little concerned I'd overdone it but it matches u to my reference pics

 

 

3 hours ago, Enzo Matrix said:

Utterly incredible! :thumbsup: Each photo has some really inspiring detail.

 

cheers..my photos are not great as I just used my iphone, but the best I could do!

 

3 hours ago, AdrianMF said:

I just don't know where you got the 40 foot kitchen table from! I genuinely can't tell the difference between that and a real one. Not only is the detail eye-wateringly, er, detailed, but the finish is wonderfully weathered too. It was just like a set of walkaround reference pictures. You must be very pleased with it. So what's next? Maybe a quick Airfix starter kit for light relief?

 

Regards,

Adrian

 

thank you Adrian, very kind

 

3 hours ago, Jake Moon said:

Incredible attention to detail! The airbrake mechanism detail is my favorite part.

 

cheers! The most time consuming and tedious part, probably

 

3 hours ago, Epeeman said:

Wow - what a masterpiece!

 

Regards

 

Dave

 

many thanks Dave :-)

 

3 hours ago, JohnT said:

You can be well proud of that one. Nice, very, very nice.

 

yes I'm pleased with the end result!

 

2 hours ago, kev67 said:

Very nice build Rich, did you use the 3D printed wheels on this

 

I did mate, many thanks, they were a big improvement

 

1 hour ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Very impressive.

Very real looking.

 

cheers Pete

 

57 minutes ago, doozer1974 said:

Wow, just incredible detail - bravo! Something really special.

 

thank you!

 

22 minutes ago, flyingpiggy said:

Holy Crap is it real!!! Looks like a full size plane. I've shown this to my dinner party guests, all of them non-modellers are blown away.i:)

 

haha thank you, might inspire them to take u the hobby?

 

9 minutes ago, Buzby061 said:

You've captured the war weary look typical of French aircraft of that era.

 

Superb modelling.

 

Pete

 

thank you Pete. This is a well documented and well known machine, and I put my own slant on it

 

9 minutes ago, russ c said:

Amazing job, looks superb

 

cheers Russ, shame I can't convey the sheer size and presence in photos

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Outstanding! I really admire your skill - what a tribute to the modelmaker's art. The dive brake mechanism is beautiful. 

 

Regards

 

Richard C

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Congratulations on a stunning Dauntless :wow:your attention to detail is exceptional , lovely build.

 

Guy

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That is probably the best model I have ever seen, and as a bonus I never knew the French were still using these aircraft as late as 1947 or in Vietnam.

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Fantastic, inspiring. Where could you possibly go from here though?

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