Douglas A-26C Invader
Italeri, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||1259 - A-26C Invader
|Contents and Media:
||96 parts in injected grey
styrene; 5 clear parts; markings for four aircraft.
available online from Hannants
||High level of detail; excellent
moulding; crisp surface texture (finely recessed
panel lines, and raised where appropriate); full bomb bay supplied; thin and
distortion free clear parts (packed in a separate bag); loads of ordnance options.
||No detail in main wheel bays.
by Brett Green
1/72 scale A-26C Counter Invader will be available from Squadron
The Douglas A-26 was one of the longest serving WWII
bomber designs, with evolving versions of the Invader appearing over the
skies of Korea, Vietnam, Africa and Latin America.
Italeri delivers the second in its Invader family with
their 1/72 scale A-26C. This was the glass-nosed bomber variant used in
the last months of the Second World War, and more widely in Korea. It
also saw service with foreign Air Forces, notably the French armée de
l'air in counter insurgency operations in Indochina during the 1950s.
Italeri's 1/72 scale A-26C shares much in common with
the Counter Invader released late last year. Indeed, some of the parts
of that kit, including the tail, the wheels, the style of reduction gear
housing and cockpit, were not entirely accurate for that release but are
more appropriate for this earlier variant.
the attractive box art lie four sprues of crisp grey injection moulded
plastic with 96 parts attached. Two large sprues are (mostly) generic. These
contain the fuselage halves, the wings and a number of major components.
The fuselage is designed with inserts at the top and bottom to
accommodate the supplied turrets. The specific nose and turret parts for
the A-26 are also moulded on this sprue. The
two remaining identical sprues hold some of the unique elements of the
A-26C including propellers, cowls, engines, and ordnance.
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Surface detail is crisp and fine. Panel lines are
recessed, while control surface demarcation is convincingly rendered by
way of deeper engravings. Some raised detail is also present as
appropriate, including structural features on the fin and the interior
of the fuselage. I could only find one tiny sink hole, and even this was
on the engine nacelle under the wing. Moulding is otherwise first-rate.
A high level of detail is present in this 1/72 scale
kit. The cockpit configuration is correct for this variant.
The kit includes a nicely detailed bomb bay with
Small details look great. It is also good news that this release
includes bombs and gun packs.
Each R-2800 engine is a single part with the basic shape
of the crankcase, and the front half of the front row of cylinders.
They'll look okay when hidden behind the big props and inside the close
cowls, but are not mastered quite to the same standard as the rest of
Kit engineering is straightforward, with no frightening
prospects for construction. The undercarriage looks to be strong, with
the top of the gear legs being somewhat simplified as a compromise to
ensure positive fit with four locating pins inside each engine nacelle.
Although there is no detail inside the main gear bays, the nose wheel
well is quite complete and the open doors are cleverly moulded as one
with the sidewalls. The main gear legs even have brake lines moulded in
place. All tyres are bulged and flattened, and the wheels are
typical of this A-26 variant.
Clear parts are very thin and free of distortion.
The marking options are another high point.
Two Korean War US Invaders in black with red trim are
joined by two French A-26Cs based in Indochina. One of the French
machines is in natural metal, while the other wears a suave black and
white scheme with red trim. Wing walks and propeller stencils are also supplied on the sheet.
The decals themselves are crisply printed with thin carrier film and a
Italeri's 1/72 scale A-26K is as good as the earlier
Counter Invader in terms of moulding quality and detail, and more
accurate thanks to the inclusion of appropriate cockpit, engine
crankcase and wheels.
It boasts restrained surface features, has plenty of
ordnance and marking options, should be quite easy to build straight
from the box and will look impressive when finished with its clear nose
and sleek lines.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 27 October, 2006
Last updated 21 February, 2007
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