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 REVIEW: SkyMax SM8004 US Navy Douglas TBD-1 Devastator, VT-6, USS Enterprise, Wake Island, February 1942

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PostSubject: REVIEW: SkyMax SM8004 US Navy Douglas TBD-1 Devastator, VT-6, USS Enterprise, Wake Island, February 1942   Sun Jul 23 2017, 01:03

SkyMax Flying Heroes SM8004
Douglas TBD-1 Devastator
USN VT-6, USS Enterprise, Wake Island, February 1942
1/72 Scale

The Battle of Wake Island began simultaneously with the Attack on Pearl Harbor and ended on 23 December 1941, with the surrender of the American forces to the Empire of Japan. It was fought on and around the atoll formed by Wake Island and its islets of Peale and Wilkes Islands by the air, land and naval forces of the Empire of Japan against those of the U.S., with Marines playing a prominent role on both sides.

The island was held by the Japanese until September 4, 1945, when the remaining Japanese garrison surrendered to a detachment of United States Marines.

On 24 February 1942, aircraft from the carrier Enterprise successfully attacked the Japanese garrison on Wake Island.

This release by Skymax portrays a TBD-1 Devastator (used in the bombing role) from that raid.


A Douglas TBD-1 torpedo plane from USS Enterprise (CV-6) flies over Wake during the raid. Note fires burning in the lower center.
View looks about WNW, with Wilkes Island in the center and the western end of Wake Island in bottom center. Peale Island is at right.




Another quality model by Skymax. This is the only Devastator release armed with bombs rather than the more traditional torpedos which were used during the Battle of Midway which followed a little over three months later. By the way, the aircrew figures are provided by Hobby Master as they are not included by Skymax. The rear gunner does require some "major surgery" in order to be made to fit properly.

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