1/48th Monogram B-26 Invader As A JD-1
Many years have gone by since the 1/48th Monogram B-26 Invader kit was first released yet that kit is still remarkable and many markings options exist for building it. I decided to build this one as a JD-1, the Navy version. It's finished in the markings of VU-3 and it was used as a target drone control plane. It's colorful markings appealed to me. I used Mike West's Lone Star resin conversion kit to make the changeover from a USAF bomber to a Navy utility aircraft. I worked from photos to add the needed extra antenna masts and rigging. Model Master enamels were used to airbrush the Invader. The fuselage was engine gray, the wings were insignia yellow and the tail was international orange tinted with a bit of insignia red. The under wing tanks were pirated from a Hasegawa F4U-4 Corsair. The white decal markings were custom made by Joseph Osborn of Fireball Models. This builder acknowledges the assistance of Rick Shanner for providing detail drawings of the JD-1 configuration. I hope you enjoy seeing the build and any comments or observations are most welcome.
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