Merit 1:18 SBD Dauntless preorders

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1.) Welcome back, NSA!

2.) Nice to hear that 1:18 aircraft are still alive afterall! Will order one of these, so thanks for the intel.

Which websites are selling the Dauntless?
 

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amazing how fast this went from scratch to built to pre order. Why can't a certain A-10 do the same thing?
That A-10 is gone, Jack off claims he destroyed it and the neutered No-Go seems powerless to stop him. :eek:
 

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That A-10 is gone, Jack off claims he destroyed it and the neutered No-Go seems powerless to stop him. :eek:
wouldn't surprise me. that whole ordeal was a joke.

I just wish this plane was the A-10 cause it's obvious the WWII market is all but dried up and a modern plane, especially an A-10 would have really sold.

But at least it's a new plane and not a "new" Mustang.
 

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Not a bad price for an all-new airframe, but it's boring as fuck so I'mma pass.
 

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Just preordered one a couple of hours ago. Normally I would wait but at this price they may not last very long. Not to mention its been awhile since there was a new WWII release. According to Badcat Merit plans on producing only 1,000 of these in this livery. I think that's just for the U.S. market though. Merit apparently has a few other planned models in mind too but that all depends on how well these sell first of course. That's certainly music to my ears. Lets hope it becomes a reality.
 

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I know next to nothing about WWII planes.. what's the wingspan on this gonna be compared to the TBF Avenger?


NM.. wiki'd it.. 54' for the Avenger, 41' for the SBD.. that's nice, so it'll be smaller..
wingspan: 27"
length: 22"
 

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Just preordered one a couple of hours ago. Normally I would wait but at this price they may not last very long. Not to mention its been awhile since there was a new WWII release. According to Badcat Merit plans on producing only 1,000 of these in this livery. I think that's just for the U.S. market though. Merit apparently has a few other planned models in mind too but that all depends on how well these sell first of course. That's certainly music to my ears. Lets hope it becomes a reality.
1000 worldwide, time for some ebay sales to order one of these!
 

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^Wha? A Dauntless isn't good enough for you? You want modern but yet don't like 5th gen. fighters. What do you like:weirdo:


J/K, there defintaely needs to be more of a presence of modern stuff, it's definatley lacking
 

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PTO is like watching paint dry. At least bring out something Japanese. Hell, I'd rather WWI than anything PTO.


JSI is sitting on a 4th/4.5 Gen Sino-Soviet fighter prototype that's I'd rather seen than anything likely to come from WWII.
 

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One more image was added the other day on Merit's site. This time it reveals the flaps. This is certainly a great model for the price. Now its just a matter of how well they paint these during the final stage of production. No spots I hope. If only they could match the prototype that would be awesome but very unlikely.



http://www.merit-intl.com/month/mil-88002.html
 

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I'm going to take a wild guess that this is All Go's model that they've been trying to finish for the past 5yrs? Glad to see it and woukd love to buy it, but the rest of my pacific birds flew out of my hands years ago.
 

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I'm going to take a wild guess that this is All Go's model that they've been trying to finish for the past 5yrs? Glad to see it and woukd love to buy it, but the rest of my pacific birds flew out of my hands years ago.
Admiral was the one doing the SBD. There's speculation that this is from another company that dropped the project. Hobby something or other.
 

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I'm placing all my bets on Hobby Boss as they were advertising in their catalog last year that there were plans on producing these as kits in 1:18th scale this year. What a coincidence, right!!!! If that's the case then all Merit would have to do is find somebody to put them together and paint them upon release. The level of detail in this model is also very similar to the quality found in Hobby Boss kits. And so far nobody else has come forward to claim their involvement in this project other then Hobby Boss. Now its just a matter of seeing the box this will come in as they will probably want their name on as much as Merit does.
 

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Yup, it looks like its up to hobbyboss's quality too, I have a 1/35 landwasserschlepper, AA7P and a 1/48 mig 17 from them and they are all top of the line, so I can honestly say that I think this will be by far the nicest(mass produced) 1/18 plane. With that said I would NOT expect the paint job to be as nice as the portotype shown on merit, but it will still be a quality paint job, just a little less attention to detail.
 

K-Tiger

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Well, we know the Admiral one is dead, so if you wanted one this is it. 150 ain't bad for an all new piece (you watching, Bbi?).


Just wish it was something Cold War---Current.