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Road to Top Gun — Chuck Hamilton’s Douglas SDB-3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber

Road to Top Gun — Chuck Hamilton’s Douglas SDB-3 Dauntless Dive-Bomber

Chuck Hamilton from Bremen, IN will be competing for the first time at the 2017 Top Gun Scale Invitational. Chuck have been preparing myself since he got back in to the hobby 15 years ago and he’ll be flying his beautiful SDB-3 Dauntless.

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Every model he has built in some way ties to his father and this Ziroli designed SDB-3 Dauntless is one of them. He and his father, Lloyd Hamilton, were at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo in Michigan when they brought in the original aircraft that this model is based on. While looking over the newly acquired SBD, which was recovered from Lake Michigan (with all the lake growth still attached), his father told him the story of his best friend being a rear gunner on an SBD during WW II. At that moment, he knew he had to build one.

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The Ziroli SBD has typical wood construction and is nicely powered by Zenoah GT-80 twin cylinder gas engine.The model is 2.4 in. to the foot scale and has a wingspan of 100 inches. It is 78 inches long and has 1,750 square inches of wing area.

It features Robart retracts, a Spektrum DX18 radio system for guidance, a fully detailed cockpit and is painted with latex house paint including all markings, weathering etc.The model has been flying at local fly-ins now for over 3 years.

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Chuck says the love for modeling goes back to his father who was in the infancy of RC and scale military aircraft and modeling has kept them close.

Photos by Chuck Hamilton and Dino DiGiorgio

 

Updated: March 9, 2017 — 9:27 AM
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  1. Good luck my friend, your models are always a work of art. You deserve to compete there!

    1. Thanks Randy! I’ll see you in Michigan!

  2. I wish someone still made those Officer and Gentlemen pilots!

    Nice model.

  3. Absolutely beautiful..stunning details from what I see..wish you the best at the invitationals..looks like you earned it! Good luck!!

  4. wonderful job, would love to see a video of it in flight.

  5. Best of luck at Top Gun, Chuck. Incredible work!

    1. QUE BELLEZA DE MODELO YA QUISIERAMOS TENER UNO ASI POR AQUI PARA PODER ADMIRARLO Y VERLO VOLAR MUCHAS FELICITACIONES

  6. I like it. Well done. Hope Top Gun sees fit to award you!

  7. An awesome model of what was probably the most important aircraft in the Pacific theater during WWII. Wonderful project – best of luck at Top Gun.

  8. Great job on one of the most important aircraft of WWII!

  9. Best of luck at Top Gun. Nice looking plane.

  10. Hey Chuck show them Who the Top Gun IS Good Luck Jeff from Pocono Lake Pa.

  11. GREAT LOOKING WAR BIRD , GOOD LUCK AT TOP GUN

  12. Belleza de modelo, seria interesante ver mas detalles y videos; felicitaciones

  13. Chuck Jeff Schmid again meant to tell you your detail from the pictures are fantasic I am build the same thing at the moment but not as large And electric

  14. It is always special when a family event provides the basis for a modeler’s heart felt “special project”. It is obvious you a true craftsman and want to wish you the best of success at top gun.

  15. So beautifu1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Raymond Castelletti

    Beautiful looking plane. Lots of luck at top gun. Like to see a video of it flying.

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