2 x .30 cal.
28 ft. 4 in.
38 ft. 4 in.
The Curtiss SBC Helldiver was a U.S. Navy biplane with retractable landing gear that first flew in 1934. The Navy never ordered any additional aircraft other than monoplanes as combat aircraft after the SBC.
The Curtiss SBC Helldiver was originally ordered as a fighter, then an observation aircraft, then a combination observation bomber, and eventually as a dive bomber. It was modified by Curtiss with each role change proposed by the Navy.
The Curtiss SBC Helldiver originally was a single parasol wing design. This was found unsatisfactory when it was used as a dive bomber. The design was changed to a conventional biplane wing. More powerful engines were fitted to the airframe.
Deliveries of the Curtiss SBC Helldiver to the U.S.Navy began in 1938. Both the Americans and the British used the aircraft as trainers, for by this time they were outmoded by more modern aircraft. We are told that although the Helldiver did not contribute to the war effort as a combat aircraft, it had great value as a dive bombing training aircraft. All military Curtiss SBC Helldiver aircraft were retired by 1943.
A total of some 257 Curtiss SBC Helldiver aircraft of all types were produced.
Pictured above is the good looking giant scale RC Curtiss SBC Helldiver with its builder, master modeler Carl Bachhuber. It has a 86 in. wingspan and is powered by a Sachs Dolmar 4.8 engine.The Curtiss SBC Helldiver is available as plans for sale by RCM. They are from Albert Isaacson and build to a 55.5 in. wingspan. Construction is all wood. Engine can be a .46 2C. Plan no. 1220.
Vanguard Plans has plans for sale of the RC Curtiss SBC Helldiver. It has a wingspan of 68 in. and weighs about 16 lbs. Engines can be from 1.20 to 1.80 4C.
Scale RC Models.com has two sizes of plans of the RC Curtiss SBC Helldiver Helldiver designed by Herb Hall. The smaller has a 42 1/2 in. wingspan and a 33 1/2 in. length. Engines are from .35 to .45 two cycle and weight is about 9 lbs.
The larger RC Curtiss SBC Helldiver plans for sale from Scale RC Models build to a wingspan of 85 in. and a length of 67 in. You will need from 2.5 to 5.0 engines to power the 16 lb. model.
Cleveland Models has plans for the RC Curtiss SBC Helldiver with wingspans of 25, 33 1/2, 50, 67 and giant scale 100 inches.