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Model Plane Kits.  A non-flying Helldiver is on display at New York City's Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. The first World War 2 Navy squadron to be equipped with the Helldiver was VS-9 in December, 1942.  The SB2C program struggled to stay in the game. Since Curtiss' main plant in Buffalo, NY was dedicated to the P-40, the company opened a new facility in Columbus, Ohio, just for the Helldiver alone. Curtiss also arrange for two Canadian companies to build the plane. The first "production" Helldivers rolled off the line in June of 1942. The changes that were made from the original prototype was a larger tail, self-sealing tanks, plus more guns, including a few more things that increased the weight of the plane from 7,122 lbs. to 10,220 lbs.   The Helldiver had many drawbacks which included a weak airframe structure, poor handling, inadequate stability, unacceptable stall characteristics, severe buffeting in dives, sluggish ailerons, violent changes in trim, and strong forces required to handle the stick in flight.  The SB2C Helldiver used a Wright R-2600-B engine. 

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SB2C-4 Helldiver 1/72 Kit

Replicating a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, which, as one of the most effective dive bombers of World War II, served into the 1950s, this 1/72 scale, plastic kit features engraved panel lines and simulated rivets, a well-equipped cockpit and rear gunner's station with a glazed canopy, a detailed weapons bay interior with two bombs, zero-length rocket launcher stubs molded directly to the wings, a rotating four-blade propeller, realistic landing gear, a choice of four markings (VB-3 1945, two from VB-85 1945, and Atlantic ASW Squadron), and more. 8" wingspan; 85+ parts, assembly required.
SB2C-4 Helldiver 1/72 Die Cast Model
VB-3, USS Yorktown

Depicting "White 114," a Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver flown from the USS Yorktown (CV-10) by VB-3 in attacks against Japanese forces in the Philippines, Formosa, and Japan, this 1/72 scale, die cast Hobby Master model features finely recessed panel lines; a detailed cockpit and rear gunner station with sliding canopies and crew figures; realistic dive brake flaps; a rear-firing M1919 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted 20mm cannons, and a detailed bomb bay with optional-position doors and two 1000-pound bombs on crutches; optional-position landing gear; and authentic markings. 8" wingspan; includes a display stand.
SB2C-4 Helldiver 1/48 Kit

One of the most successful World War II carrier-based dive bombers, the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver replaced the smaller and slower Douglas SBD Dauntless during the final years of the war.

A replica of a "-4" variant - outfitted with wing-mounted racks for eight 127 mm rockets or 1,000 lb bombs - of the SB2C, this 1/48 scale, plastic kit features engraved panel lines; a well-equipped cockpit and rear gunner's station with a glazed, sliding canopy and a pilot figure; a detailed weapons bay with two 500 lb bombs; photo-etched perforated dive brakes; a rotating four-blade propeller; intricate landing gear; and a choice of markings for the U.S. Navy's VB-84 or the U.S. Marines' VMSB-224 (the "Bombing Banshees). 12" wingspan; 115 parts, skill level three
SB2C-4 Helldiver 1/32 Scale Plane Model
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Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/32 scale model measures 14" in length and has a  wingspan of 18 ½". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the  included mahogany base.    Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver 1/14 Balsa Wood Kit

Build your very own Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver! This 1/14 scale balsa kit of the U.S. Navy's last biplane dive bomber includes more than 130 laser-cut, hand-selected balsa parts; a 9" plastic propeller and other vacuum-molded parts; light-weight colored tissue; color peel-and-stick decals; a full-size plan with instructions; and much more. For display or rubber-powered flight, it has a 30" wingspan when assembled.
SB2C Helldiver Military Plane Balsa Wood Kit
Balsa Wood Airplane Model Kit.

1/23 scale balsa wood kit has a 23" wingspan when completed. Suitable for display or rubber-powered flight; assembly required.  Great for kid crafts. 

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SB2C Helldiver Aviation Prints

  Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Tony Weddel. 

This painting shows a Helldiver pilot from the "USS Hancock" on the day after the Battle of Leyte Gulf (October 26th, 1944), as he dives on one of the fleeing remnants from Admiral Ozawa's shattered fleet. Four Japanese carriers, a cruiser, and a number of destroyers were sunk during this battle. 23"x 19" print.

  Big Tailed Beasts
Stan Stokes. 

Here is Lt. Paul Brehm in his Curtiss SB2C Helldiver attacking the  "Hyuga," a WWI Japanese battleship that had been converted to part seaplane  tender. 16"x 11½" signed and numbered limited edition print. 

  Harold Buell / SB2C Helldiver
Ernie Boyette. 

Signed by Commander Buell, pilot of this SB2C Helldiver and leader of  "Buell and Company," this limited edition print features a wonderful depiction of the Helldiver and also documents Buell's amazing wartime exploits, including his receipt  of 20 decorations including the Navy Cross, Silver Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses and more. Print measures 18"x 12" and is also signed by the artist. 

  Too Close for Comfort
Aviation Art Print

Tom W. Freeman. On October 25, 1944, at the Battle of Leyte Gulf - one of the greatest of all naval battles - a Helldiver piloted by (then) LTJG Donald D. Engen attacks the Japanese aircraft carrier, Zuikaku. 27"x 22" limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist and Vice Admiral Engen, USN (Ret.), who also served as the Director of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.




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The Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver Dive Bomber Historical Facts

Engine:  One Wright R-2600-20 Cyclone radial, 1900 hp.   Armament:  two 20 mm cannons and one 50 cal Browing machine gun, and up to 1000 lbs of bombs or a torpedo.  Speed: 294 mph at 16,700 ft.  Ceiling:  29,300 ft.  Range:  1925 miles.   Weight empty 10,400 lbs.  Weight Loaded:  14,042 lbs.  Span:  49 ft. 9 in.   Length:  36 ft.  8 in.   Height:  13 ft. 2 in.  Crew 2


Helldiver Variations Key Modifications Dates Number Curtiss
Number Fairchild SBF Number C.C.F.
TOTAL Produced
XSB2C-1 R-2600-8 engine, 3-bladed prop, two cowling guns. first flight 12-40 - - - -
SB2C-1 Larger fin & rudder, more fuel capacity, Four wing-mounted .50 cal. guns. first flight 06-42 200 50 66 316
A25-A Army version, without carrier gear. Incl. 410 SB2C-1A issued to the  USMC. - 900 - - 900
SB2C-1C Two 20mm cannon, first to fly in combat.  Ability to carry a torpedo.  Replacement of wing guns with two 20mm cannon.  Auxiliary gas tanks (45 gal.) in the wings Rabaul 11-43 778 - - 778
XSB2C-2 Float plane experiment. - - - - -
SB2C-3 Dash-20 engine, 4-bladed prop, SB2C-3E. Max speed 293 MPH.  Early 1944 1,112 150 413 1,675
SB2C-4 Perforated dive flaps, extra wing fittings. SB2C-4E.  Mid 1944 2,045 100 270 2,415
SB2C-5 Slightly more fuel capacity. Delivered Feb. 1945 970 - 86 1,056
SB2C-6 Dash-28 engine, longer fuselage. Cancelled, none built 0 - - 0
SB2C Helldivers Produced TOTAL 6,005 300 835 7,140

Lieutenant Commander James Vose's VB-17, operating with Bunker Hill, was the first squadron to successfully operate the SB2C.


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Book Description
The most numerous Allied dive-bomber of World War 2, the Curtiss Helldiver endured a prolonged gestation period to mature into one of the most effective aircraft of its type to see service in the Pacific theatre of war. Some 7200 aircraft were built between 1942 and 1945, the type making its service debut over Rabaul on 11 November 1943 in the hands of VB-17, this unit flying SB2C-1Cs from the deck of USS Bunker Hill. Although hated by the myriad crews sent into combat strapped to a Helldiver, the bomber was responsible for the destruction of more Japanese targets than any other dive-bomber.
From the Publisher
Osprey's Combat series combines the best archival photography available with specially commissioned artworks and first hand accounts, making these books favorites amongst historians, modelers and aviation enthusiasts everywhere.

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