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SBD Dive Bomber by Walter Colvin

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3d art render of a world war two sbd dive bomber.

Made with bryce 3d, some post work with photoshop.

I want to thank all the 3d modellers that make my images possible.

The SBd dive bomber was a naval dive bomber made by Douglas during World War II. The SBD was the United States Navy’s main dive bomber from mid-1940 until late 1943, when it was largely replaced by the SB2C Helldiver. The aircraft was also operated by the United States Army as the A-24 Banshee.

The Northrop BT-1 provided the basis for the SBD, which began manufacture in 1940. Ed Heinemann led a team of designers who considered a development with a 1,000 hp (746 kW) Wright Cyclone powerplant. A year earlier, both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps had placed orders for the new dive bombers, designated the SBD-1 and SBD-2 (the latter had increased fuel capacity and different armament). The SBD-1 went to the Marine Corps in late 1940, and the SBD-2 went to the Navy in early 1941.

The next version, designated SBD-3, began manufacture in early 1941. It provided increased protection, self-sealing fuel tanks, and four machine guns. The SBD-4 provided a 12 volt (from 6) electrical system, and a few were converted onto SBD-4P reconnaissance platforms.

Comparison of the XBT-1 and XBT-2 (SBD).The next (and most produced) variant, the SBD-5, was primarily produced at the Douglas plant at Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was equipped with a 1,200 hp (895 kW) engine and increased ammunition. Over 2,400 were built, and a few were shipped to the Royal Navy for evaluation. In addition to American service, the type saw combat against the Japanese with No. 25 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, which soon replaced them with F4U Corsairs, and against the Germans with the Free French Air Force. A few were also sent to Mexico. The final version, the SBD-6, provided more improvements but production ended in summer 1944.

The U.S. Army had its own version of the SBD, known as the A-24 Banshee, which lacked the tail hook used for carrier landings, and a pneumatic tire replaced the solid tail wheel. First assigned to the 27th Bombardment Group (Light) at Hunter Field, Ga., A-24s participated in the Louisiana maneuvers during September 1941. There were three versions of the Banshee (A-24, the A-24A and A-24B) used by the Army in the early stages of the war.The USAAF used 948 of the 5,937 Dauntlesses built.

Comments

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 4 years ago

    Excellent rendition!! I can see a flattop being zeroed in on now. LOL

  • Thank You John, I thouht about making one just like that.

    – Walter Colvin

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 4 years ago

    Just wonderful, Walter. These old planes are deserving of rendering with new technology.

  • Thank you Fran, I Love airplanes. I have been flying sence the a age of 14. I have a commercial pilot Licence with fixwing and rotor craft ratings.

    – Walter Colvin

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 4 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic Walter.

  • Thank you again Jacqui. You support and encouragement is appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Superbly created Walter.

  • Thank you for you comments and support my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 4 years ago

    another well rendered image, really like these

  • Glad you like these Dennis. Your comment are appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Excellently put together again Walter. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted.

    – Walter Colvin

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerover 4 years ago

    More outstanding work Walter….Fave!!

  • Thank you very much.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!!!!

  • Thank you very much, your comments are appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • frogster
    frogsterover 4 years ago

    Great work my friend

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 4 years ago

    Amazing work Walter!! :)

  • Thank you Keith.

    – Walter Colvin

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