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1/48 Monogram B-26K Nimrod

Gallery Article by Jim Birchfield on July 21 2011

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This is Monograms B-26 1/48 scale kit with the Meteor Productions B-26K resin set. The set includes nose, rudder, wing stations and all the antennas associated with this aircraft. The Meteor set includes the resin wheels and the square tipped props which require grafting onto the kit hubs and the tip tanks. I also used the excellent resin Pratt & Whitney R-2800's late version from Quickboost.

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Other modifications required the installation of a second pilot seat and controls for the left seat. Some add-ons were placed in the observer's area. Meteor instructions were excellent, and provided exact spacing of the wing stations as they were not spaced evenly down the wing. Meteor also included the correct engine cowls with air intakes for the "K" series of the B-26 used later in Southeast Asia. All the ordinance came from the spares box.

Testors Model Master paints were used through out. Weathering was completed with oils and pastels.

This completes my build of the B-26 Invader series of aircraft. Of the six I've built, they have all been sold to people attending hobby shows I've entered around the southeast.  I have one kit remaining in 1/48th scale, the Monogram Kingfisher also completed with the Meteor resin set, and to be perched on Lone Star Models excellent P-6 catapult. I have switched to 1/32nd scale and really enjoy working on the big boys.

Jim Birchfield

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Photos and text by Jim Birchfield

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