1/48 Monogram A-26C Invader

Gallery Article by Darius Aibara on Oct 11 2003

 

I saw this kit advertised in Fine Scale Modeller shortly before its release and it was a stunner in its gloss black finish.  Upon release I obtained the kit from the local model aerodrome and set to work.  The kit was built out of the box with the addition of some True Details resin wheels.  I also added throttle controls to the cockpit using spare plastic rod etc. and cut out and replaced the forward access hatch with one made from plastic card.  

 

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The model is a real tail sitter and with a glass nose the addition of compensatory weights could be difficult.  Fortunately the engines are sufficiently forward of the C of G to enable enough weight to be sandwiched between the engine back and the wing.

I chose to model an all-black Invader of the 34th BS/17th BW USAF which was based at Pusan Air Base, Korea in 1952 using the kit decals.  The model was primed using Halfords grey spray acrylic paint and then given a couple of coats of Halfords satin black spray paint.  Following decaling, a coat of satin varnish was applied to dull down the finish.  Photos of Korean War Invaders showed there to be heavy weathering around the engine nacelles and so I tried to replicate this by dry brushing various shades of grey and dark brown.  Fuse wire aerials were added to finish the job.

Darius Aibara

      

Photos and text by Darius Aibara