Paul “Limey” Rice is planning to compete in the Expert class at Top Gun with his beautifully detailed Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber. Starting with Nick Ziroli 1/5-scale plans, Paul scratch built the model using basic balsa, lite-ply and A/C plywood construction. He plane has a 100 inch span, and weighs 39 pounds.
It has a Zenaoh GT-80 twin cylinder gas engine for power turning a Menz 24×8 propeller. It uses Robart retracts and Scale Sierra wheel.
The total build time is only four months but the plan is fully detailed inside and out. The paint scheme is from a British squadron from Hendon, England.
The interior cockpit details started out with a Dynamic Balsa kit, but Paul added many additional detailed parts and a pair of BBI scale pilot figures.
The dummy radial engine is built using a resin cast engine from FTE.