B-26K Counter Invader
Hello everyone this is my first posting on this site, I will start with my favorite build up to this point. Monograms B-26C kit converted to the B-26K Counter Invader using the Paragon set in 48th scale. Started in 1998 and completed around mid 2000. Built before digi cams were in vogue, so my trusty Canon AE-1 was used for the images. This project was my first attempt on a major upgrade that involved cutting up the airframe and adding the resin replacement parts. In this case the glass nose was removed and the gun nose added, the rudder cut off and replaced. The upper gun turret removed and a blanking plate inserted in the hole. That buy far was the hardest part to do. The set also included the co-pilots seat and yoke which is correct for this variant, Wing tip drop tanks, cowlings and upper intake replacements. Prop blades, the vortex blades on the RH side of the tail. Various antennas, Also supplied were the ordnance pylons under the wings. The only item really to make this more accurate were the correct main wheels. At the time of this project I was not aware that the wheels were not correct in the kit. Paragon did not supply this item. And really there was nothing available at the time to correct this. It wasn’t till Cutting Edge came out with their “K” set that the wheels were available. The decals were from Aeromaster which offered 2 sets of 4 different aircraft on each set. All SEA schemes,
All in all this came out quite well in the end. Though the kit does have it’s dimensional problems which really I can’t see unless someone points it out. Really I don’t care if it is off or inaccurate in shape, whatever, it looks like an Invader to me, when sitting next to a Mitchell, Marauder or Havoc. Well I hop y’all enjoyed this 1st time view. Take care and God Bless.
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.