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TBD Devastator Model, USN, William Evans - SkyMax SM8010

TBD Devastator Model, USN, William Evans - SkyMax SM8010 - click to enlarge
TBD Devastator Model, USN, William Evans - SkyMax SM8010 - click to enlarge

Item No. SM-SM8010
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SkyMax Diecast Model

Douglas TBD-1 Devastator – T-3, Ensign William R. Evans, VT-8, USS Hornet, U.S. Navy, June 4, 1942, “Battle of Midway”

1:72 Scale.  Length: 5.75”.  Wingspan: 8.25”

Limited to approximately 500 models worldwide

TBD Devastator T-3 c/n 0297 was delivered to the U.S. Navy as 2-T-2 in 1940. The aircraft was transferred to VT-2 where it was flown by Ensign William Evans of VT-8 aboard the USS Hornet during the Battle of Midway. On June 4, 1942 VT-8 departed to attack Japanese aircraft carriers and due to a series of errors arrived at the carriers without any Wildcat protection. As a result all fifteen TBDs were lost and there was no damage inflicted on the Japanese carriers. Only one of the crewman survived.

The Douglas TBD Devastator was a torpedo bomber used by the U.S. Navy. First flown on April 15, 1935, the TBD entered operational service in 1937. It was the first widely-used carrier-based monoplane, the first all-metal U.S. Navy aircraft, the first with a completely enclosed cockpit and the first with hydraulic folding wings. Although it was the most advanced aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy at the time of its introduction, the fast pace of aircraft development quickly caught up with the TBD and by the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, it was already outdated.

The TBD Devastator performed well in some early battles of the Pacific war, but was outclassed in both speed and maneuverability by the Mitsubishi Zero fighter. It was withdrawn from frontline service after its poor performance at the Battle of Midway in June 1942, being replaced with the Grumman TBF Avenger. A total of 130 Devastators were built.

SkyMax features a wide selection of high quality, ready-made, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft

This model of a TBD Devastator features:

  • Cockpit details
  • Realistic panel lines
  • Historically accurate printed markings
  • Rotatable propeller
  • Optional extended landing gear
  • Display stand

  • Category: SkyMax 1:72 Military Aircraft Models

    Not suitable for children under the age of 14 years

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