RoR Step-by-Step Review 20120730 – Curtis SB2C-4 Helldiver 85-5983 Revell Pro-Modeler 1/48 Review

2012 July 30
by Doug

RoR Step-by-Step Review 20120730 – Curtis SB2C-4 Helldiver 85-5983 Revell Pro-Modeler 1/48 Review       Click Here to Buy This Kit from

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The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the United States Navy during World War II. It replaced the Douglas SBD Dauntless in US Navy service. Despite its size, the SB2C was much faster than the SBD it replaced.

Crew nicknames for the aircraft included the Big-Tailed Beast (or just the derogatory Beast), Two-Cee and SOB 2nd Class (after its designation and partly because of its reputation for having difficult handling characteristics).  Neither pilots nor aircraft carrier skippers seemed to like it.

For the Modeler: What a great model!  I would recommend this kit to anyone looking to try photo etch for the first time, or the experienced builder looking to add a beautiful Hell Diver to their collection.  Heck, I may build another one! This is a skill level 3 kit with 115 pieces molded in light gray, clear and photo-etch pieces. Adding, handling, cementing and finishing photo-etch parts; sea plane paint selection; advanced interior and exterior weathering techniques; pilot figure finishing; instrument panel detailing; decal preparation and handling; canopy masking and gluing and scratch removal; Bare Metal Foil applications; appropriate adhesive applications; weapons finishing realistic wheel and landing gear finishing methods; use of metalizer finishes; prop finishing methods; painting jig construction; and making the antennae from stretched sprue are all fully explored in this extensive review..

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