Douglas A-26 Invader Fire Bomber

Joined: October 28th, 2012, 6:03 pm

October 13th, 2017, 12:19 pm #1

So this will be my build in tribute to Don.

This relic of a kit from way, way down in the stash....

Airfix 591 Invader by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

With a bit of TLC and some new decals to end up with this Fire Bomber.

lt1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

The plane featured in the 1989 film 'Always' which was a loose remake of a 1943 film called A Guy Named Joe.

B-26 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

The Douglas A-26 Invader was a late WW2 light bomber/ground attack and also served in Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts - you can read more about its history here. When replaced or sold off, a number of these were converted to fight forest fires in America, bombing them with water and fire repellent.

The plane from the movie is still around and is in flying condition - you can read more about its life here. For the film, these were leased from Lynch Air Tankers of Montana and this is the obituary of the owner and founder, John Dennis 'Denny' Lynch - definitely has Irish connections with that name.

So there you go....lots of Airfix rivet sanding ahead,

Thanks for looking and good luck with your builds.
Dermot

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Joined: November 19th, 2012, 1:28 pm

October 13th, 2017, 10:00 pm #2

Great choice Dermot,
A great use for an old Airfix kit. Really looking forward to seeing this develop.
I even liked the film 'Always' with Richard Dreyfuss. :cry:
So its a win win for me. :clap:
Cheers
Joe M
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater
Curtiss Condor (added 24/4/18) 1/81




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Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 11:06 pm

October 14th, 2017, 7:26 am #3

Good choice Dermot and some work involved- will make interesting watching
Pat McGrath

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Joined: October 28th, 2012, 6:03 pm

August 21st, 2018, 11:18 am #4

So cracking on with this one so that it's ready in time for October..

Mmmm.........rivetty

Airfix Douglas A-26 Fuselage by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

That wing could double as a file!

Airfix Douglas A-26 Invader wing by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

The cockpit is nicely proportioned but a bit plain (or actually quite detailed for a 1970s kit)

Airfix Douglas A-26 Invader_build_1 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Some plastic card and sprue and that's a bit better. The 1/1 scale aircraft had dual seats and controls but am just sticking with the single seat option.

Airfix Douglas A-26 Invader_build_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr

Cheers,
Dermot

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Joined: June 6th, 2017, 11:19 am

August 21st, 2018, 3:13 pm #5

Gotta love those rivets. At one stage in my career I was responsible for a part with over 500 rivets in it all of which had to be flush (it was a JT8d-200 HPC Rear case if you're interested ). At 1/72 scale you just wouldn't see anything, particularly if there were in what is referred to as the faying area of the airframe ie. the outside.

Still takes me back (on the kit and the job :) )
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Joined: November 26th, 2016, 3:40 pm

August 22nd, 2018, 6:19 pm #6

Looks good, Dermot.
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Joined: December 14th, 2016, 12:55 pm

August 23rd, 2018, 8:55 pm #7

Hey Dermot

Looks great! Sand the lot and perhaps re-scribe some of the major panel lines?

Love the cockpit work :>
Glen

On the bench:
1/35 Revell Dingo GE A3.3 PatSi (mine protected APC)
1/16 Trumpeter T-72B1 with Kontakt ERA
1/35 AML-30 prototype
1/35 Djibouti BTR-60 with AML-90 turret
1/72 S-Models BMD w/scratch slat armour.
And about 100 other part built kits... ;)


"The sergeant is the Army." Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Joined: October 28th, 2012, 6:03 pm

September 13th, 2018, 1:01 pm #8

So a bit more done...

Cockpit basic painting done. Will do the detail painting and wash later. Also added some bits from sprue to the panel/console to make it look less plain.



Will be a bit of artistic licence on this one - most of these A-26 Fire Bombers were twin seat, twin-stick versions but too much cutting involved with that. So staying with a single seater.

Will try to join up the fuselage tonight and start squeezing in the 20g of weight to keep her on her nose wheel 😎

Cheers,
Dermot
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Joined: December 14th, 2016, 12:55 pm

September 13th, 2018, 1:49 pm #9

Brill! 

A wash and a bit of chipping and that'll look the bizzo :> 
Glen

On the bench:
1/35 Revell Dingo GE A3.3 PatSi (mine protected APC)
1/16 Trumpeter T-72B1 with Kontakt ERA
1/35 AML-30 prototype
1/35 Djibouti BTR-60 with AML-90 turret
1/72 S-Models BMD w/scratch slat armour.
And about 100 other part built kits... ;)


"The sergeant is the Army." Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Joined: October 28th, 2012, 6:03 pm

September 17th, 2018, 1:27 pm #10

Cracking on with this one now. Fuselage joined up and nacelles added.



Just some card added to spruce up the cooler intake.



The fit of the nacelles was really bad, especially the port one - it had a bad downward angle to it. So ripped it off, added some plastic shims to try and straighten it and glued it back on.
The upper nose glass is fitted and filled with lead sinkers (the rest are in the cockpit floor). I'll also add a couple to behind each engine unit.



Back from a coat of primer and more filling needed to the nacelles and nose, etc..



Thanks for looking!
Dermot
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