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1/48 Accurate Miniatures Dauntless

"Coral Sea" 

by Konley Kelley


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This project was challenging.  A friend of mine gave me a 1:700 Hasegawa Akagi for Christmas last year. I have a section on my website I call "The Battle of Midway in 3D." When I got the Akagi, I envisioned a "scale model" Midway diorama kinda' like the Bismarck "Swordfish attack" diorama I did some time ago.

Hobby Lobby had a 1/2 price sale on scale models this Spring. I snagged a 1:48 Accurate Miniatures "Coral Sea" Dauntless. I needed pilots for my Dauntless so I used some U.S. Navy pilots that I bought last year. I did have to break their legs and use a lot of putty to shape them so they could fit into the AM Dauntless (I think they were Verlindin pilots).

I started on the Dauntless about a month ago. Making one last run to the garage for a blast of dullcote, it divebombed my kitchen floor. The damage wasn't too bad but some of the fantastic AM cockpit detail parts are still rattling around inside the plane.


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P.S. I won a 1:700 Japanese destroyer on eBay that I may add to the scene watching the carnage on the Akagi. I didn't think I'd like making a 1:700 scale ship but it is a fun build - I can see why modelers enjoy building in this scale and creating at sea dioramas.

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Photos and text by Konley Kelley

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