Hobbymaster HA2214 SB2-C Helldiver White 208, VB-83, USS Essex, April 1945
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Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale
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Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA2214 SB2C-4E Helldiver No. 203, VB-87, USS Ticonderoga, May 1945. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The SB2C Helldiver was commonly referred to as “The Beast” because of its size and rather poor handling characteristics. Even with new variants and upgrades the Helldiver never received the credit and respect it deserved. The most produced variant was the “4” with the SB2C-4E equipped with an AN/APS-4 radar pod mounted under the starboard wing for air search. It flew faster and further than the Avenger, except for range it beat the SBD in every category. Its cruising speed was only 2 mph slower than the famous Hellcat.
On April 1, 1945 VB-83 Bombing 83 launched from USS Essex during the battle for Okinawa. On April 7 the squadron was involved in the attack on the Japanese fleet including the super battleship Yamato that was sunk. Some of the early production SB2C-4 Helldivers wore a tricolor paint scheme and VF-83 found the new SB2C-4 a vast improvement over earlier variants. VB-83 and their aircraft were involved in WWII battles right up to August 15, 1945 when the war ended.
Model Code: HA2214
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