TBD-1 Devastator BuNo.1512 VT-6, USS Enterprise Wake Island raids, Feb 1942
Skymax's Devastator is an accurate and high-quality diecast model. This version is interesting for several reasons; it comes with two bombs, it has the colorful early-war USN scheme of gull blue with the "pre-war" stars. The fin flash is supposed to have thirteen alternating red and white bars (13 bars for the 13 original colonies); this model correctly depicts the eleven stripes the Enterprise crew erroneously applied.
Enjoy the photos. Thanks to forum member Skinner67 for selling me this model.
Remember the old Monogram 1/48 plastic kit? In the 1970's I built a Devastator, then did it again with several more in the 1980's. The Devastator had approximately four distinct schemes in its 5 year life. The yellow wing prewar scheme is always fun to depict, and this early war version is hot too.
Note this profile (which is not from Skymax or Hobby Master) shows 13 tail stripes, which was the US Navy specification. We know the actual Wake Island Devastators had the wrong number of stripes erroneously painted, this has been documented with period photos. I wonder if these Marshall Island raiders had the same mistake, or 13 stripes?
I'm considering adding the 12 100lb bombs, six on each wing. Not a lot of photos exist showing the bombs or the racks. We know these bombs were used on this plane's mission from the actions shots posted in this thread so far.
A modeler in Australia is sending me twelve 500 pounders from a 1/144 scale B-29 kit. I'm hoping they will be close enough in scale to look like the 100 lb bombs used on the Wake mission. Should arrive in 2 weeks.
OK guys I got the model parts so let's see how they look dry-fitted to the proper Devastator. This Devastator (actually a stable mate of this machine) is documented to carry these twelve 100lb bombs on the Wake Island raid. So we would be making an accurate, and rarely depicted / seen, configuration.
Overview shot. Note in red, the underwing racks for these bombs.
If my theory is right, then when Hobby Master designed the TBD mold, they allowed for a light bomber variant. This diecast variant, as shown with the tab photo above, isn't set up to carry all 12 bombs, only 6 (3 per wing). Unless they were somehow all linked together in a strip that would locate at the three slots. I believe that to be unlikely.