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Dauntless SBD 5 by Jack12477 - FINISHED - Matchbox PK-503 - 1:32 scale - Plastic

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I decided to take a break from ship models and whittle down my stash of kits.  Chose the PK-503 Dauntless SBD 5  Matchbox kit in 1:32 scale.  This model kit was produced by Matchbox from 1977 to 1981.  Not sure when I acquired it but the price tag on the box lists KayBee Toy and Hobby stores, price $12.99 on sale (probably clearance) for $3.00.  KayBee went out of business entirely in 2007, bought out by Toys-R-Us. Their local store closed some 10-15 years prior.


The aircraft model has functioning perforated Split-dive flaps, moveable tail rudder and propeller, a 1,000 pound bomb payload,  Wright Cyclone GR-1820-66 radial engine.  Kit is 3 color plastic (blue grey, white, and clear), offers a choice of models VMSB-231 South Pacific 1944 USA, A-24B French AF 1944, and #25 D B Squadron, New Zealand AF South Pacific 1944. I chose to model VMSB-231 Marine Bombing Squadron Scout flown by Capt Bell, credited for 23 operational missions and wears the "Ace of Spades" insignia.


I used  a combination of Valejjo and LifeColor paints. The outer hull of the aircraft was airbrushed with LifeColor Navy Blue.


Photos follow:





Assembly starts





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So now we know where you have been hiding Jack.


Turn our back for a few minutes and you are not only building a new model but you are finished with it!:D


The dauntless was one of my first endeavors into model aircraft as a kid. It was the old 1.48th Monogram 1/48th series and had folding landing gear and bomb release along with movable dive brakes. Of course at that age I built it and then played with it as well. Probably even made aircraft engine noises while building it. At any rate it has been one of my favorite aircraft ever since and it is nice seeing yours. 


I especially like the extra weathering between the cowl and the cockpit. Looks very realistic for a plane heavily used from carriers and island runways, hopping across the Pacific, island to island.





Build logs: Colonial sloop Providence 1/48th scale kit bashed from AL Independence

Currant builds:

Constructo Brigantine Sentinel (Union) (On hold)

Minicraft 1/350 Titanic (For the Admiral)

1/350 Heavy Cruiser USS Houston (Resin)

Currant research/scratchbuild:

Schooner USS Lanikai/Hermes

Non ship build log:

1/35th UH-1H Huey


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2 hours ago, lmagna said:

Turn our back for a few minutes and you are not only building a new model but you are finished with it!:D

Yes, Lou, I do occasionally operate in Stealth mode ! ;)  See F19 Stealth Fighter

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spoke too soon......didn't I?!?!?!  :D   nicely done!   I like the weathering too........'battle tested' ;)  

I yam wot I yam!

finished builds:
Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build / Jeanne D'Arc - Heller
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed & semi scratch dual build

Billing T78 Norden


in dry dock:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch

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Looks super, Jack.   I recall doing a Daughtless way back when but mine looked factory fresh.   Your's looks like it's had a few flight hours on it.

"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans - ON HOLD           Triton Cross-Section   

 NRG Hallf Hull Planking Kit                                                                            HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               


Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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I remember building the Monogram Dauntless way back when. It, along with a lot of other planes, went ? after I went into the AF. Yours looks very good, Jack.


Started: MS Bounty Longboat,

On Hold:  Heinkel USS Choctaw paper

Down the road: Shipyard HMC Alert 1/96 paper, Mamoli Constitution Cross, MS USN Picket Boat #1

Scratchbuild: Echo Cross Section


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Very nice job  - looks a propper solid workman like plane.



Current builds  

28mm  Battle of Waterloo   attack on La Haye Saint   Diorama.

1/700  HMS Hood   Flyhawk   with  PE, Resin  and Wood Decking.




Completed works.


Dragon 1/700 HMS Edinburgh type 42 batch 3 Destroyer plastic.

HMS Warspite Academy 1/350 plastic kit and wem parts.

HMS Trafalgar Airfix 1/350 submarine  plastic.

Black Pearl  1/72  Revell   with  pirate crew.

Revell  1/48  Mosquito  B IV

Eduard  1/48  Spitfire IX

ICM    1/48   Seafire Mk.III   Special Conversion

1/48  Kinetic  Sea Harrier  FRS1

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