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Yellow Wing Decals

Yellow Wing Decals 1/32 Pre-WW2 Complete US National Insignia for SBD-2 Dauntless BuNo 2106 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2006 Manufacturer Yellow Wing Decals
Subject Pre-WW2 Complete US National Insignia for SBD-2 Dauntless BuNo 2106 Scale 1/32
Set Number 32026 Pros National markings for BuNo 2106 at five different points in time
Cons   Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $12.95    

First Look

Yellow Wing Decals is back with a second decal set for the Trumpeter 1/32 SBD Dauntless! In this release, Yellow Wings has provided a complete set of national markings for each of the five points in time that they represent in decal set 32001 previously reviewed here.

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This set of decals provides markings for five snapshots in time:

  1. Early 1941, 2-B-2, VB-2, USS Lexington, pre-camo colors
  2. Jul-Oct 1941, 2-B-2, VB-2, USS Lexington, light gray camo
  3. Late 1941-early 1942, 2-B-2, VB-2, USS Lexington, blue-gray over gray camo
  4. Mid 1942, 6, VMSB-241, Battle of Midway, updated blue-gray over gray camo (no red markings)
  5. May-Jun 1943, B-7, CQTU, NAS Glenview

The set also includes several pages of profiles and documentation to help you replicate the correct colors in the right places to render an accurate model.

Ironically, while 2106 was was shot up during combat at Midway, it survived and returned stateside only to be lost in Lake Michigan during carrier qualifications. It rested on the bottom of that lake for over 50 years before being recovered, restored, and put on display at the Naval Aviation Museum at Pennsacola.

Yellow Wing Decals can be purchased directly from their website at www.yellow-wingsdecals.com.

My sincere thanks to Yellow Wing Decals for this review sample!

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