Whilst originally introduced in late 1942, the Curtiss SB2C suffered from inadequate tail and rudder control and a significantly underpowered engine.
Naval pilots found it extremely difficult and temperamental to fly and Curtiss were forced to go back to the drawing board to overcome its growing list of shortcomings.
For most aircraft manufacturers, it might have been easier to simply withdraw the aircraft from service but Curtiss persisted and in early 1944, delivered a much improved dive bomber featuring enlarged tailplane and rudder, lengthened fuselage and more importantly, a new R-25600 Twin Cyclone 1900hp engine and with a 4 bladed prop replacing the original 3.
Whilst the reconfigured SB2C never quite lived up to its original expectations, its initial design as a dive bomber still proved highly successful, enabling the two seater aircraft to deliver its payload with pinpoint accuracy and its operational range was far beyond that of the single seat fighters - a critical requirement for any carrier-launched attack aircraft. They saw action in the Marianas, Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and were partly responsible for the sinking of the Japanese battleship the Yamato.
Mounted in its 100 yr old Mango Wood Display Stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed custom built SB2C Helldiver model atop its magnetic arm, this would really make a fantastic pilot gift or a one-of-a-kind gift for that special aviation enthusiast in your life.
This Curtiss SB2C Helldiver Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, 1125-10 USN Bendix - Scintilla Magneto Starter Switch, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird Collectable
- Highly detailed, hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft.*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale models are available with wheels & flaps ‘up or down’, cockpit 'open or closed' and wings ‘folded or open'
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
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