1/48th counter invader (A 26K?)
Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:42 PM
again thanks mini
Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:30 PM
Really? Where can we find a reference for that please? Is it an extensive mod?
Actually, only the rudder was enlarged on the A-26K, if you can find the Squadron/Signal In Action book on the B-26/A-26 it shows the rudder. I built a 1/48th scale A-26K once, using the OOP High Flight conversion.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:41 PM
The rudder is the least of your worries on that kit. Quite possibly the worst kit Monogram has made in recent memory. There's almost nothing about it that's dimensionally/proportionally accurate. A real shame too, since their issue of that kit in 1993 scared DML off from doing the 1/48 B-26K that they had announced. Their 1992 corporate holiday card even showed the box art for their kit which never saw the light of day.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:22 AM
If you can get hold of it there's a Cutting Edge conversion kit for the B-26K (or A-26A as it was renamed during Vietnam) that is a lot more extensive than the Ozmods version, as it provides the modified tail already alluded to, in addition to the wing pylons, a replacement for part of the fuselage top (where the turret originally was), replacement engine cowlings, all sorts of antennae and replacement mainwheels (for some reason the Counter Invader was given new mainwheels which were apparently also used on C-135s and DC-6s).
Although all of that is provided, it's still down to the modeller to convert the cockpit to dual control (as is appropriate for the Counter invader) and what changes were made to what was originally the gunner's position seems to be anyone's guess. The instructions of the Cutting Edge set admit that the original Monogram kit is dimensionally dodgy, but take the view that it's something you more or less have to live with and that they did the best they could with a rather sketchy donor kit.
All of this said, trying to find this conversion kit is awfully difficult. They come up once in a blue moon on a certain well known auction-site and when they do they usually go for silly money.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:23 PM
It's a nice kit to build and looks really great built up, there are some very nice Eduard etch sets for it, as well as replacement wheels, 8-gun nose, vac canopies etc etc.
Though clearly not one of Monogram's best, it is one of the best served kits in the aftermarket accessories.
Edited by PHaTNesS, 18 January 2013 - 08:30 PM.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:34 PM
I have 2 old ‘Contrail’ Vac forms A 26 C’s that will become A26K’s on the go at the moment both using the OzMods ref. OZCONV 4802 kit and it’s all coming together well. I found the www.warbirdinformationexchange.org very useful you have to wade through a lot of stuff but it gives the details of cockpit & pylon position changes.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:09 PM
I'm about to start the same project. I have the Ozmods conversion kit, but unfortunately it's the blades only which seems to be quite useful.
The wing tanks does not have round profile and compared to the photos the dimensions are not correct either.
At Hyperscale there is a review of CE's kit and it still contains photos & other useful info.
The original nose is easier to modifiy than clean the Ozmods one.
The wing pylons are missing completely and I try to cast my own based to the P-80 wing pylons.
Masters are ready - courage to cast needed. I have the Tamiya's A-1 Skyraider and those pylons are much too small.