This is a Cyber Hobby 1/72 Scale assembly and painting required plastic model kit of the SB2C Helldiver, a World War II era carrier-based dive bomber aircraft operated by the United States Navy. Model kit features: engraved panel lines, fully appointed cockpit and gunner/radio operator’s station, bomb bay with bombs, twin-row radial engine, new tool single-piece 4-blade prop, individually molded control surfaces, optional position slats and flaps, choice of folded or extended wings, well detailed optional position landing gear, optional position bomb bay doors, optional configuration rear gun stowage fairing, segmented canopy and photo-etch parts (seatbelts and non-perforated dive brake exterior surfaces). Decals and painting guide for 3 US Navy aircraft during 1944: ‘White 107’ of VB-7 onboard USS Hancock; ‘White 22’ of VB-7 onboard USS Hancock and ‘White 38’ of VB-80 onboard USS Ticonderoga. The SB2C Helldiver was developed to replace the Douglas SBD Dauntless, then the primary carrier-based dive bomber in U.S. Navy service. The SB2C Helldiver was a large aircraft capable of carrying a wide variety of ordnances. The SB2C features an internal bomb bay and can operate from the latest aircraft carriers of the time. The bulky size and appearance coupled with early design problems made the Curtiss SB2C unpopular with both pilots and ground crews when the type first entered squadron service. The Helldiver was given unflattering nicknames such as the “Big-Tailed Beast”, “Two-Cee”, and “Son-of-a-Bitch 2nd Class”. Design problems with the Helldiver were largely solved by the time the SB2C-4 variant made its debut and pilots and crew begun to appreciate the added speed, range, and bomb load offered by the SB2C. More than 7,000 SB2C Helldivers rolled out of production lines, and the type remained in service until the end of the war.
- Plastic parts with enhanced detail
- Ready for immediate assembly
- Engineered for modeling enjoyment