B-26B “Idiots Delight” 575th BS / 391st BG
This aircraft is reputed to be the “scruffiest” Marauder of them all and had there been a contest for the worst one it would have won. I have shown wear on this model but it is nothing compared to photos of the real airplane. I used Aero Master decals sheet 48-501 for this scheme. This sheet does not show the airplane with D-Day stripes but it does indicate that it did wear the stripes on June 6, 1944 and for a period of time after that date. It is painted with Model Master enamels’ with “Rub n Buff” for the wear.
This is the Monogram 1/48 kit, which is still in production as far as I know. In the box the plastic parts are beautifully molded. It is not a complicated kit to build but I did run across fit issues which required a considerable amount of filling and sanding. At this point it is still the only 1/48 Marauder still available. It would be nice to see one in this scale with today’s technology but that may never come to pass. Regardless of some of it’s warts it is still one of the great Monogram kits.
I had the great opportunity to meet and speak to a gentleman from the 451st BS / 322 BG. He was the operations officer of this group and made a number of combat missions in the B-26 Marauder. When I met him he was 93 years old and I saw him very recently. He has slowed a bit physically but is still sharp as a tack mentally. He was with this squadron on D-Day and then moved to France a few months later. I re-painted an R/C B-26 that he had made and posted that on iModeler. The model is now hanging in the Hiller Museum in San Carlos. He is one of the many men doing their duty on June 6,1944.
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