Douglas BTD-1 Destroyer
Planet Models, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Planet Models PLT135 -
parts in yellow resin, 2 vacform parts; decals for
USD$44.96 from Squadron.com
esoteric subject; beautifully cast; crisp and fine surface
detail; very simple parts breakdown.
||Might be hard to
squeeze in enough nose weight
Reviewed by Brett Green
Models' 1/72 scale BTD-1 Destroyer is available online from
So, what does a limited run model company
do when they want to produce an even more esoteric subject than usual?
In the case of MPM, they deliver these extra esoteric subjects as
all-resin kits under the label of Planet Models.
One of the most recent releases from Planet
Models is a 1/72 scale BTD-1 Destroyer. This aircraft was intended to be
a replacement for the Douglas Dauntless. During its development,
however, the BTD's role changed from that of a dive bomber with two crew
members to a single seat torpedo bomber. The Destroyer featured a
tricylce undercarriage and an internal weapons bay. It was powered by a
Wright Cyclone R-3350-14 Cyclone 18 engine. Only 28 Destroyers were
delivered to the US Navy by the end of hostilities in the Pacific.
Planet Models' BTD-1 comprises 34 parts in
yellow resin and two vacform parts.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The resin parts are flawlessly cast, with
crisply recessed panel lines and additional raised surface features as
appropriate (for example, dive brakes on the wings). Each wing is cast
as a single part, and features thin trailing edges. The fuselage halves
are similarly comprehensive with sidewall detail moulded onto the
The smaller resin parts are well done too.
Casting blocks are not terribly
frightening, but special care will be required when removing the front
row of the Cyclone 18 engine.
There are no locating pins or tabs of any
kind throughout the kit, so I would strongly suggest reinforcing the
major joins (e.g. wings to fuselage) with metal pins.
The big canopy is supplied as a vacform
part, with a spare included in case of mishaps during construction.
The only potential problem I can see is
fitting enough weight in the nose of this model to permit it to sit on
its tricycle undercarriage. There is an awful lot of heavy-looking resin
behind those main wheels!
Markings are provided for two Destroyers -
one in US Navy three colour scheme, and the second in overall Glossy Sea
Thanks to companies like MPM and Valom, we
now have the option of building a good selection of US WWII prototypes
and stillborn warplanes delivered too late to see service. Before long
there will be a scale "US Air Armada 1946" to match the Luft '46
Geschwader that has emerged in the last few years.
Planet Models 1/72 scale BTD-1 Destroyer is
a welcome addition to this growing list. It is well detailed and, after
careful preparation and some reinforcement, should be simple to build
Thanks to MPM/Planet Models for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 02 June, 2005
Last updated 02 June, 2005
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