The Douglas SBD Dauntless — manufactured from 1940 to 1944 — was a scout plane and dive bomber flown by the U.S. Navy and Marines during World War II. Numerous SBDs were destroyed during the Attack at Pearl Harbor, though the aircraft is most recognizable as the bomber delivering the fatal blows to Japanese aircraft carriers in the Pacific during the Battle of Midway in the summer of 1942. Nearly 6,000 units were manufactured in total, operating in seven national militaries, and officially retiring from service with the Mexican Air Force in 1959.
Replicating an SBD-3 Dauntless as it appeared stationed on the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, this "clear edition," 1/32 scale plastic kit measures nearly 16" in wingspan and features a transparent cowling and fuselage, a glazed segmented canopy, a well-appointed cockpit (with photo-etched details), separate control surfaces and flaps, vinyl tires, and two sets of authentic markings (VS-5 or VB-3). Assembly required. Skill level 3. Measures approximately 12½" long with a 15½" wingspan.