Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
SB2C-4E Helldiver, No. 203, VB-87, USS Ticonderoga, May 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 January 21, 1945 USS Ticonderoga aircraft accompanied by other units, attacked Taiwan, Pescadores and Sakishima Gunto where USS Ticonderoga was badly damaged by two Japanese Kamikaze aircraft and returned to port for repairs. In May 1945 the aircraft carrier along with VB-87 returned to join the battle and on May 17, 1945 VB-87 and other squadrons struck the Marshall Islands. From May 28 until May 31, 1945 USS Ticonderoga's aircraft took part in raids on Okinawa and the other Ryuku Islands. VB-87 was assigned to Ticonderoga from early May _ September 1945.