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Pacific “Milk Run” SBD Dauntless from Bougainville

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 1/48th Accurate Miniatures SBD Dauntless 


This model depicts one of the SBD Dauntless stationed on Bougainville in the Spring of  1944.


The Marines flew these aircraft on an almost daily “Milk Run” to Rabaul and other bypassed Japanese held islands.


The SBD-4 fuselage has the faded factory applied Blue Gray over Light Gray paint scheme. The Sea Blue paint on the surfaces viewed from above was applied in the field.


The engine cowling and left main wing panel are from a SBD-5 that has the factory applied Tri-Color paint scheme. The windscreen and gun sight are also from a SBD-5.


The term “Milk Run” was used to describe missions to bypassed Japanese islands that had little or no aircraft for protection. 


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