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The Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless is one of the planes back in the legend of the US Navy, for its operations on dive bombing the Japanese fleet in the Pacific.
VQ Model has released a giant-scale version of the SBD-5 for warbird fans, with functional dive brakes, so characteristic of the Dauntless.
With a wingspan more than 80 inches, this fighter has a full host of details for discerning modelers.
The airframe is built out of balsa and light plywood, and covered in a screen-printed PVC film.
The Dauntless can be powered your way with either an electric or a fueled powerplant.
After thirty hours, your Dauntless will be ready for the maiden flight. The results speak for themselves, and there is sure to be plenty of talk about this model airplane when it shows up at the airfield.
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
Stability: The large wing and tail aid the plane's stability as the Dauntless feels very solid and demonstrates no bad habits or surprises.
Tracking: Large empennage surfaces are a huge help here, and as a result, the tracking is very good. The Dauntless tracks well, cruising across the horizon while looking great.
Aerobatics: While not meant to do showstopping, jaw-dropping maneuvers, the plane do respectable rolls and loops and combinations of the two. To be honest, it looks better strafing by with an occasional victory roll mixed in.
Glide and stall performance: This is a warbird with a pretty high wing loading, so it shouldn't be expected to float around in the air. With power off and the nose down, she'll glide straight ahead just fine, but you might want to power up in the turns. Entering a stall begins with the nose nodding off, followed by control mushiness.
Electric retract gear with oleo-legs (struts) is optional (#141ARE22S).
|Added to the site||3/30/2016|
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