Techmod 48804: SB2U-1/2 Vindicator

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Scott Van Aken

Thanks to the release of Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SB2U Vindicator kits last year, we  have had a nice selection of decal sheets for this important and interesting aircraft.

Techmod's first sheet on this aircraft covers the 'yellow wing' period with five very colorful aircraft.

First is an SB2U-2 from VF-2 at NAS North Island in 1939. It has a yellow tail section

Next is a Marine SB2U-1 from VMF-1 based in the Virgin Islands during 1938.

Third option is an SB2U-1 from VB-3 aboard the USS Saratoga in 1938. White tail section and black cowling/bands for this plane.

From the USS Saratoga comes this SB2U-2 from VB-3 in 1941. Again, white tail section, but this time with red cowling and bands.

Finally in a yellow motif is this SB2U-1 from VB-2 aboard the USS Lexington.

The sheet provides all the wing and fuselage bands as well as the wing walk areas. There are insignia, prop tips, and data enough to do two aircraft. Also included are the proper wing gun shell ejector chutes in etched brass and a very handy painting mask. Though not specifically stated, I'm sure this sheet is sized for the Accurate Miniatures kit. Those of you with the HiPM kit may find this useful as well.

The decals themselves are superbly printed and quite thin, making for a logical choice for your next project.

August 2006

Review copy courtesy of  Adalbertus, Techmod sole export representative

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