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  1. Hi all! After a very brief hiatus, the next colourful bird has rolled out of the paint shop. As you can see, she is a Douglas A-26B Invader, or correctly a TB-26B, as she was when operated by the Fuerza Aerea Chilena (Chilean Air force). Depicted as “849”, the last Invader delivered to Chile, she was a target tug. Formerly she was operated by the 2nd Target Tow Squadron, United States Air Force from Mitchell Field. See: http://www.hempsteadplains.com/2ndtow.htm. The tail emblem is from that unit. These last two Invaders (848 and 849) ended their operational days with 8 Grupo at Antofagusta Air Base. “848” still exists as the base gate guard. The kit is the Italeri A-26B Invader (1/72). With this build my easy and obvious option was to build “848” as she is illustrated widely and you can find her on the net. However, I came across the image below. My interpretation of the image is that it was taken in Tucson. My only evidence for this is that the full image has an F-100 landing overhead. It was kindly supplied to me by Danilo Villaroel Canga . He is an expert on all things Chilean Air Force, having written books and he maintains a blog on the subject. He has been a great source of inspiration. This machine intrigued me and so I attempted to interpret the Black and white image below with a few others to get the colours and markings correct. She appeared to have retained some of the “Arctic Red” areas on the wings and tail and was then overpainted with the Dayglo areas. I haven’t seen any plan views of this so this is where I used my judgement. They may not be perfect but it is my best effort. I used some “modellers discretion” too, which I don’t like to do but I got to the end of the road with my research with some questions un-answered, particularly the colour of the pale areas on the nose, wing panels and rear fuselage. Danilo was sure it was yellow but I’ve gone for Dayglo/Fluorescent Red Orange. In construction terms the only real changes were the deletion of the turrets, the addition of the TT apparatus and the opening behind that from where the tow banner was dropped. An image of this is below: I have not been able to locate any images of the mechanism internally and as it is not visible I elected not to try and replicate it. So what did I do/use? Italeri A-26B Invader kit (1/72) Deleted the turrets and blanked the upper with plasticard. Built the TT apparatus and installed it underneath Blanked the nose gun ports Filed out the interior of the engine cowlings and added exhausts with half round Plastruct rod. Painted with Humbrol 27001 Aluminium Metalcote, 33 Black, 34 White, 189 Insignia Blue, 153 Insignia Red, 209 Fluorescent Red Orange (undercoated with white and yellow), 226 Interior green, and others. Varnished with Gloss and Mattcotes. Exhaust stains sprayed with very weak pale tan, brown and black. Decals came from the FCM Latin Invaders set although in the end I used almost nothing as I printed the Chilean “shield” (the sheet one has an incorrect blue), the unit badge, the serials (Amarillo). The white star on the rudder, stencilling and red lining came from the sheet. Antennas from Uschi Panel lined and dirtied with Flory Dirt and Sand, plus the use of Tamiya Weathering sticks. I hope she finds a friend out there..... Martin
  2. Calling all Invader experts! For a TB-26 was the gun laying apparatus in the rear section removed? Where the turrets blanked over with circular flat plates? I think from memory that the Airfix kit includes these plates? What are the gun arrangement options. Many I am looking to build have them set in a horizontal plane rather that the two vertical sets of 4 in the Airfix and Italeri kits. Thanks. Martin
  3. RidgeRunner

    Douglas TB-26B Invader cockpit layout

    Does anyone out there are any references (images) for the TB-26 Invader, please? Martin
  4. A 1/32nd Douglas A-26 Invader in view (by HpH?) ?? Source Scale Aviation Modeller International: https://www.facebook.com/ScaleAviation/photos/a.1799764573582175.1073741832.1736227789935854/2353552251536735/?type=3&theater To be followed. V.P.
  5. Hugh Thomson

    Douglas A-26B 44-34486 unit?

    I recently got some very kind replies to my request for information on the undersurface of a USAAF B-25J in the Mediterranean Theatre. I had thought of also doing the 1/72 Italeri kit of the Douglas A-26B in service in the Italian theatre as a companion to my MTO Hasegawa B-25J. The Italeri instructions offered decals for (amongst others) a Douglas A-26B, 44-34486, of the 47th Bomb Group in Italy in 1945. It had a bold red/range tail with the numbers '58' superimposed in black and yellow wingtips. The problem is that the Osprey book on the A-26 ('A-26 Units of World War 2') says that the same aircraft, 44-34486, with the same bold red/range tail (and '58') was an aircraft of the 69th Reconnaissance Group in France in 1945. The site Wings Pallette does likewise: http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/a/294/3/0#4 I have searched the internet and can't find any evidence to support either view - that is that the aircraft served with the 47th Bomb Group or the 69th Reconnaissance Group. Both Groups apparently used the A-26 at the end of the war though I can't find any photos of the A-26 with the 69th Rec Group. Photos of various A-26s with the 47th Bomb Group are available but although these show that the aircraft carried a number on the tail, the number is smaller than that shown in the Italeri kit and there seems to be no sign of that red/orange stripe on the tail. Any comments? Thoughts? My gut instinct is that the 47th Bomb Group seems more likely. As I understand the USAAF followed RAF practice in NW Europe, using code letters on the fuselage whereas numbers on the tail and fuselage were used by USAAF Groups in Italy. If I can't get this confirmed either way I may wait for the new Kitsworld decals for the A-26 - they appear to offer markings for aircraft in NW Europe rather than Italy but they do look very nice. Regards Hugh
  6. It's back down to small scale for me at present as house move is probable - so I don't want to risk stuff that will be easily damaged.This is a Dragon kit with two in one box one navy and one marines, both nicely equipped with 12 Rockeye cluster bombs each, plus fuel tanks. I've built the navy one undercarraige up as I intend to display it on a stand with a Navy Hornet(at some point in the future !!). My first Dragon kit and I was quite impressed with the build quality and how it went together. The hardest bit was hanging the bombs they still look a bit 'off' and the yellow decals which I cut myself are far too wide. I'll excuse myself and plead small scale. Enjoy and feel free to comment Paints: Vallejo model air Cheers for looking
  7. Severus

    Invaders in Always movie

    Hi, chaps, Does anybody know, whether the invaders in the movie were just movie livery, or real planes got their role in the movie? Unfortunately, I lost the backup thanks to RAID failure to look even what I'm looking for..
  8. Douglas A-26 Invader. "Hard to Get" is an A-26 Serial Number 44-35710 displayed at The Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison, Texas. This is an airworthy aircraft. Pics thanks to GeorgeUSA.
  9. After its 1/48th H-75 Mohawk and F-86K ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/55146-148th-f-86k-sabre-dog-by-musthave-available/?hl=musthave ) kits, the French company MustHave is to release a brand new tool (and not a Revellogram reboxing!) 1/48th Douglas A-26B Invader kit. Box art V.P.
  10. This has been an interesting build. First time I have used an airbrush. (I know I cheated by using only one color, but give me a break.) Have had an airbrush for the last 2, almost 3 years that SWMBO got me for Christmas. Just haven't had the gumption to use it. It went remarkably well and was fairly easy. I chose this model to begin on as, (1) it was a single color (2) the color to be finished in was the same color as the plastic (3) an old kit I have had for decades and have 2 others in the stash and (4) my next kit will be the 1/24 Airfix Mosquito and I really don't want to mess it up by experimenting the first time. As for the kit. It is Monogram's version of the A-26 glass nose version released in 1996. Most of the newer releases have been of the solid nose version. I have the ProModeler version and the most recent release. The detail of this kit, being from 1996 was quite good. The fit was great with one exception, the undercarriage. (There is a build in progress for more details. If I was smart enough to know how to link it to this I would, but I am not. Go search the old fashioned way.) Of course, I left off the undercarriage to ease in painting and put it on the very last. It was painful. The nose wheel rested too low and the spot for the main undercarriage to attach was wide for the parts and the parts are a bit flimsy. The main undercarriage was put to rest with copious amounts of super glue. The nose wheel finally ended up being extended with some brass tubing to make it sit right. Even now, I think it sits a bit too high. The only completely daft thing I did; forgot to notice it was a tricycle undercarriage. Did I remember to use any weight, nope. So now have to decide to use clear sprue as a brace, or reopen the engine nacelles to fill them with lead weight. Anyway, here are the pictures, comments and criticisms welcome. I liked the glossy black finish so much that I only did a hint of light weathering. And here it is in its place in the kit cabinet. I must apologize for the photos. I shot them outside and it is 20 degrees (F) with ice so did not take a lot of time for composition and detail shots.
  11. georgeusa

    A-26 C Invader

    I have made the decision to experiment with my old/new airbrush on a model other than the 1/24 Airfix Mosquito being built. So, I dug out the old Monogram 1/48 A-26C Invader as I have the Promodeller version in the stash. Starting out slow and plan to do it in a gloss black finish. (Baby steps I know.) So, the shots of the box cover and sprues are: Okay, before I begin, a bit of a rant (I know, like I never do this.) All weekend I have been trying to upload pictures for this WIP. And all weekend, nothing but grief. I now can chalk it up to the wonderful Microsoft company that seems to be a bit peeved at us old folks that are not switching to their Chrome product as quickly as they would like. I truly appreciate (please read that with the heaviest amount of sarcasm you can) their upgrading basic Internet Explorer to make it impossible to use with forum such as this. While at the same time, if I use their new product, Chrome, it works like a charm. Not being cynical here, (oh yes I am), but it seems odd the same company putting out both products would have trouble with a new update for their old program not working while their new program which they desperately want everyone to convert to works fine. Okay, nothing I can do about it, is now out of my system. Back to the build The kit was done in 1993 (at least that is the stamped date on the lower wing). I am amazed at the level of detail that is in the interior of this kit given the time it was produced. Hope I can do it justice. Here goes with an OOB build. Start with the cockpit and interior. Again, the level of detail is terrific and the fit is good too. For your amusement and comment: Going to button up the halves and hope everything fits. This is the second try as on the first, I stupidly forgot to put in the top turret before closing up the halves. Pried it apart before the cement had dried, second attempt with turret in place. Well, it fits, but there is a seam. And I am chalking it up to me, not the kit. I don't know how there are builds out there that do not need sanding and filling. I always have to sand and fill. (Next to taping canopies, I detest filling and sanding). Started the rough sanding, will wind it down with finer grades of paper and more filler and primer. Okay, checked the fit of the wings to the fuselage and it seems as if I can paint and then put together if I am careful. (A huge assumption.) So the fuselage is in the last stages of fill, sand, and prime for painting. And the wings and nacelles interiors are being finished. Here they just have the base coat. Nacelle interior pretty well finished. Engines are up next with the beginning base coats. One still in base coats, one for the most part weathered. (Still need to remove a bit of the excess wash.) Okay, now the hard part for me. I have read the instructions for the air brush about 5 times; read three beginning articles about spraying and thinning paints; and picked out a very glossy black paint for this bird. I am hoping to avoid total disaster as I am just using one color scheme. How hard can it be to just spray on one color in an even pattern? (I guess the captain of the Titanic probably wondered how hard it would be to avoid a rather large iceberg? Custer probably wondered "Where did all these Indians come from?) And the results of my first ever use of an air brush: Not too shabby and not as difficult as I thought it would be. Even cleaning up was not that big of a chore. The wings are just slotted in and not affixed yet, but you can see the fit, when joined will be quite good. Just have to add the decals and all of the little nit picks. Have to also repair all the damage I did in handling the model. Have succeeded in knocking off the pilot's seat, bomb sight, gunner's chair and station, 4 of the 8 interior bombs and 1 of the 4 bomb racks. Also need to touch up some paint bleed on the wheel well doors that I did not tape up properly. Okay, to whoever cares, the finish right now is a very glossy black. With the red lettering, it will look pretty awesome. The question is, do I leave it in the pristine, just off of the assembly line, spit and polish finish . . . or gum it up with all sorts of weathering to make it ratty and tatty? Just do not know which way to go.
  12. Started life as a prebuilt half plastic, half metal display model. I removed the nose guns and turrets, filled in those areas and sanded down the rear dorsal glazing. I also detailed and painted the cockpit but not a lot can be seen through the canopy, at least I know it's there. Finished in the fictional colours and markings of "East Coast Fire Dogs". (My first home printed decals) I checked the FAA website and N-426FD is not currently registered, 426 (A26) FD (Fire Dogs). Never let it be said that I don't go a bit daft with these ideas
  13. The Lauridsen collection is a growing airworthy collection of classic types that is currently based at Buckeye Municipal Airport in Arizona. It's planned to move the collection to a new purpose built facility at Gila Bend Municipal Airport shortly. During my visit there wasn't another sole in sight, no gates or barriers either. The Invader greats visitors as they arrive and isn't part of the collection so I guess it'll be staying at Buckeye when everything else moves. There's also an Avenger present but this was locked away in the hanger so it wasn't possible to get any shots. As a bonus when visiting you're treated to plenty of F-16 action as the local squadrons as Luke AFB blast over at about 3000 feet. Invader & Stang by tony_inkster, on Flickr Dakota by tony_inkster, on Flickr Invader by tony_inkster, on Flickr Invader by tony_inkster, on Flickr Invader by tony_inkster, on Flickr Invader by tony_inkster, on Flickr Catalina by tony_inkster, on Flickr Trader by tony_inkster, on Flickr Flying Boxcar by tony_inkster, on Flickr Flying Boxcar by tony_inkster, on Flickr B-25 Mitchell by tony_inkster, on Flickr Albatross by tony_inkster, on Flickr