Hobbyking do a lovely all-built-up ARTF SBD for not a lot of money, and I splashed the cash a week or so ago for one. Of course, they are set up for IC / EP with an undercarriage etc, but they also come with impressive dive brakes and centre flap; some lovely scale detailing on the covering; a decent cockpit set; a glassfibre cowl; and of course retracts.
Hefty all-electric retracts:
Lovely split dive brakes:
An FG cowl:
A fattish semi-symetrical section:
Nice detail all over, really:
So, to work! Retracts out, centre flap servo hole boarded up (I will do this differently), e-flight bomb release slot added:
The retract wells get covered up by some lovely heavy-plastic gear doors (not shown yet).
Wings joined with wood glue on the heft quarter inch ply joiners:
Cockpit detailed up, re-painted, and weathered where necessary. I converted the single-piece cockpit to the four-piece type as shown in the full size photo above, and as used in combat:
9 cylinder radial drawn-up and printed, pushrods added, ready for primer:
So she's about like this at the moment - servos and control rods just going in, then some more weathering, and then the serial decals etc.
More to follow!