Tom Pierce and his Dauntless before its first and ONLY flight. (Photo: Tom Pierce)
For the 1/6th scale collector who thinks he has everything—well, you don’t! Not unless you possess the amazing skills and talents of Tom Pierce. His 1/6th scale Dauntless Dive Bomber (shown above) won many awards including a “Best of Show” that netted Pierce a solid gold trophy worth over $10,000. Unfortunately (and hold onto to something for this), this masterpiece crashed and was destroyed on its very FIRST flight. CAN YOU IMAGINE? ARRGH!!!!! Tom seems to have taken the loss remarkably well however, saying:
“I finished my SBD-5 Dauntless after 1,800 hours and 16 months of building. Unfortunately, I lost her on her maiden flight, so I can’t tell you a lot about how she flies. I’ll really miss this sweetheart.”
Imagine the limitless diorama possibilities with a plane llike this! (Photo: Tom Pierce)
Over at the OneSixthWarriors forum, “Manfred” offered additional insight regarding what’s involved in building, detailing and flying such intricate miniature aircraft:
“This world of RC aviation is a completely different universe and NOT for the weak of heart. Be warned, before you go out and drop a bombload of dough on your favorite 1/6th scale warbird, the learning curve is steep and you need to start out with a simple 3 or 4 channel trainer plane, preferably with the guidance of an experienced instructor.”
Astounding detail in the cockpit. (Photo: Tom Pierce)
“It is impossible to buy and fly a warbird without months or even YEARS of practice on easier and more forgiving planes. These scale ships have flaps, retracts, throttles, directional control surfaces, bomb drops and some have full lighting and folding wing options.”
Gunner seat with twin-50s (Photo: Tom Pierce)
“Owning aircraft capable of lifting 12″ers into the sky is fun. Many Dragon and BBI figures have made it up into the air. I have even seen some guys modify the pilot’s head with a servo to make it swivel. But flying a 1/6th Corsair and making a simulated strafing pass over the runway and then banking to port is another dimension altogether. It is airwar recreation at its finest!”
That’s right. STEP IN… to a 1:6 scale world of adventure! (Photo: Tom Pierce)
Even the underside is fully detailed. (Photo: Tom Pierce) Click to enlarge.
Gunner checks out his station. (Photo: Tom Pierce) Click to enlarge.
Bottom Line: Very well said! Take a GOOD look at the photos of Tom’s amazing masterpiece. If you’d like to learn more about its construction and final fate, we recommend you visit Pierce’s website about the plane HERE.