VQ A-24 BANSHEE 62″ WINGSPAN
VQ 62″ A-24 BANSHEE
The Douglas A-24 Banshee was the U.S. Army version of the U.S. Navy SBD Dauntless dive bomber with a few changes to suit the service. With a few revisions – namely the deletion of the carrier deck arrestor equipment and replacement of Navy radio kits – the SBD was reconstituted for the Army in the new A-24 “Banshee” form. While not the complete solution for the Army, the Banshee would suffice until a proper aircraft was adopted. The initial Army mark was the SBD-3 (SBD-3A) model of the Navy as the “A-24” and the Army order was absorbed into the existing Navy order of July 1940. Army versions also replaced the solid tailwheels with pneumatic types for land-based take-offs and landings.
As with other American dive bombers of the period, the aircraft featured perforated dive brakes along its wing trailing edges to slow its drop when attacking. Self-sealing fuel tanks were a must as was armoring for self-preservation of crew and aircraft. As with the SBD before it, the Banshee used a modest machine gun armament as standard: 2 x 0.50 caliber heavy machine guns were fixed into the cowling for operation by the pilot and 1 x 0.30 caliber medium machine gun was added to a flexible mounting at the rear cockpit for protecting the vulnerable “six” of the aircraft. Like the SBD, the Banshee carried a crew of two – pilot and gunner. The aircraft’s bombload was set across three available hardpoints – one under fuselage centerline and one under each wing. A typical load was 1 x 500lb / 1,000lb bomb under centerline or 1 x 100lb bomb at each wing station.
A-24Bs were flown against the Japanese at the Gilbert Islands and these provided much better results than previously seen with the line. By the end of their service tenures, A-24s served in the training role for pilots and gunners and were further used as tow aircraft for aerial targets. The USAAF passed on some of its A-24 stock to the USMC who could make proper use a direct bombing platform in the Close Air Support (CAS) role. Foreign operators of the Banshee went on to become Chile (A-24B model, 12 examples), France (Free French Forces, as many as 50 examples), and Mexico (28).
A-24 BANSHEE NEXT GEN VQ MODEL with incredible details included with ARF assembly ease and the VQ easy to fly fun engineered into this model ! Wingspan is approx 62″ . We recommend a .46 or similar 2 stroke, equivalent 4 stroke or electric power. Has built in battery hatch for easy radio access and battery changes… Servos, Radio Gear, Engine/Motor are not included. This is the airframe only. Photos of completed model courtesy of Chris Weston!
- Wingspan approx 62″
- Length = approx 45″
- Weight= 6-7lbs
- R / C Functions = throttle/esc, rudder, elevator, flaps, ailerons,retracts (optional)
- Servos = 5 … 6
- Engine power = 800W
- Combustion engines .46 2 stroke/.70 4 stroke
* ARF model in light wood construction
* Finish covered with printed film
* Finish milled and painted fiberglass cowl
* Painted pilot figure and canopy
* Electric Retracts available as optional extra
* Including accessories such as wheels , pushrods , etc.
* Detailed , illustrated instructions
***photos for illustrative purposes only ***
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