Post by Ara on Aug 26, 2016 16:12:20 GMT
SkyMax has produced seven TBDs to date. Collectors agree this model is one of the best diecast airplane models ever made.
We can get into some Devastator history later. Suffice to say, she was sleek and modern in the late 1930's, though underpowered. She was a colorful Yellow Wing, under 300 produced, serving all six fleet carriers.
When the war started for the United States, she was obsolete and Grumman was working on a replacement bomber, the Avenger. For the first 6 months of the war, the Devastator fought in seemingly every major USN action against the Japanese, and a few minor actions as well. She fought hard until the last battle, Midway, where she was slaughtered due to low, slow attacks, a long approach without fighter cover.
SkyMax has produced the following:
8001 George Gay / Midway
8002 USS Wasp Yellow Wing prewar
8003 USS Lexington Yellow Wing prewar
8004 USS Enterprise Wake Island February 1942
8005 USS Enterprise all-gray prewar
8006 USS Ranger all gray prewar
8007 USS Yorktown Marshall Islands, February 1942 (due out soon).
Of these, I've bolded the models I own or have on order.
The SkyMax model comes with the closed canopy option. Depending on the version you buy, bombs or a torpedo come as armament. To date, no SkyMax Devastator comes with the small wing bomb assortment, with distinctive rack observed in wartime photos.
If you own a Yellow Wing, you have a special treat as the attention to the various paint colors and markings is superb. Theoretically, SkyMax could produce a Yellow Wing model in tails of Blue, Green, White, and Red. Each tail color signified a particular aircraft carrier. For example USS Wasp = Black, and USS Lexington = Lemon Yellow.
As the world economy has been sluggish, and WWII airplane models are not the fastest sellers, the future is uncertain for upcoming Yellow Wing Skymax Devastators.
As for wartime schemes, there are more opportunities for SkyMax Devastators. The Scapa Flow mission would make for a fine model. Torpedo 8 at Midway is an automatic best-seller and it's surprising we haven't seen LtCmdr John Waldron's plane. There is also the Devastator with the distinctive and experimental Barclay camouflage scheme.
Any one want to talk SkyMax TBDs?