Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
No. 210, VB-84, USS Bunker Hill,
Tokyo Raids, Feb 1945
1/72 scale pre-finished.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Comes with display stand.
Landing gear can be displayed up or down.
Comes with missiles.
Photo-etched dive brakes.
Extremely sought after by collectors.
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 February 16 1945 as part of a 116 ship task force USS Bunker Hill was anchored 60 miles off shore from Japan and began launching its Helldivers and other aircraft against airfields and engine factories around Tokyo. Hopefully this would distract the enemy and make it impossible for Japan to send aircraft to repel the US Marine landing on Iwo Jima on February 19th. These strikes lasted seven days and destroyed 500 enemy aircraft as well as factories and several ships. The US lost 88 aircraft of which two were Helldivers from VB-84.