About the SBD-5 Dauntless - WWII Carrier-Based Scout/Dive Bomber:
The fifth iteration of the famed SBD Dauntless, the SBD-5 was the Navy’s primary dive bomber during the Second World War. By the time the SBD-5 was developed in 1943, the Dauntless had already distinguished itself in the Pacific Theater. These dive bombers sank four Japanese carriers at Midway in June 1942 while being relentlessly harassed by Japanese Zeroes. The U.S. victory at Midway is often considered one of the major turning points of World War II, along with Stalingrad and El Alamein. The SBD-5 played a critical role at the Battle of Tarawa, supporting the beleaguered Marines as they struggled against the entrenched Japanese.
Crewed by two men, the Dauntless was considered “slow, but deadly”. Attacking the Dauntless from behind was difficult because of two rear-facing machine guns operated by the second crewman. If the Dauntless managed to survive harassment from enemy fighters, the warplane would open its dive brakes and descend at 70 degrees toward its target for 30 to 40 seconds, making it vulnerable to antiaircraft fire from the surface. After releasing a 500- or 1,000-pound bomb, the crew experienced 4–6 G’s as the pilot pulled the aircraft out of its steep dive.
The Brickmania model features several of the key components on the Dauntless, including the iconic dive brakes, rear-facing machine guns, and three bombs. Two American pilot minifigures are also included along with an arrestor hook for landing on aircraft carriers.
- Crew: 2
- Armament: 2,250 lbs. of bombs, 2x forward-facing .50 caliber machine guns, 2x rear-facing .30 caliber machine guns
- Speed: 252 mph (405 km/h)
- Engine: Wright R-1820-60 radial, 1,200 hp
- Range: 773 mi (1,244 km/h)
Additional information about this Brickmania building kit:
The SBD-5 Dauntless - WWII Carrier-Based Scout/Dive Bomber kit comes with the following features:
- Two custom-printed American pilot minifigures
- High-quality sticker sheet
- Dive brakes
- Arrestor hook
- Retractable landing gear
- Two M1919s by BrickArms®
- Three bomb load-out
All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited-edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.