S u m m a r y
04310 Douglas A-26 B Invader
Contents and Media:
metallic silver plastic parts on 4 sprues, 4
clear plastic parts on 1 sprue, decals for four
aircraft plus a 12 page A4 sized instruction
booklet with history, parts plan, 33 build
drawings and 4 pages of paint/decal diagrams.
USD$19.80 available online from
hobby retailers worldwide
detailed inside and out, excellent moulding
(fine engraved panel lines and raised detail
look good but there is some misalignment with
the red in the US national markings; no WW II
options on the decal sheet.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Revell's 1/72 scale
A-26B Invader is available online
This is the third incarnation of the Italeri A-26, this
time re-boxed by Revell of Germany.
The difference is that Italeri did the K and C variants
while Revell has opted for the B version with the solid
eight gun nose.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
Anyone interested in this kit might find it helpful to
first read Brett Green's review of the K at
the C at
many of the parts are the same.
Now this is not just a standard B but a Korean War B.
This means it does not carry both turrets but the dorsal
turret only, and even then of a slightly different design.
Both this kit and the C have all three turrets on the sprues. In fact the only change in the plastic from B to
C is the solid or glazed nose. The problem is, Revell
doesnt point out on the parts plan, which parts are not for
use in this kit, unlike most other manufacturers. It would
be very easy for even an experienced modeller to start
building with out taking too much notice of the instructions
only to discover, too late, that they've used the wrong
This kit, and the C, can be built as a WW II aircraft but
neither Revell or Italeri have produced decals for that
period or in fact the early asymmetrical six gun nose.
Perhaps they are still to come?
There are just a couple of little niggles in my opinion. I
don't much care for the decal only instrument panel, much
preferring a detailed panel with or without the decal. The
plastic in a metallic silver which I personally find
annoying although I can't for the life of me tell you why.
The plastic is beautifully detailed and crisp and it's going
to be painted anyway so I can't see that it makes any
difference. I guess I would just prefer grey.
Clear parts are very thin and free of distortion - nice!
The decals look typical Revell except for some misalignment
with the red on the US national markings. They cover four
aircraft - two USAF in Korea, one green with a dark grey
nose and one in overall black with provocative nose art,
plus two French Air Force in Vietnam, although it is in fact
the same aircraft at different periods.
This third rendering of the best looking light bomber
produced during the Second World War will build into a
magnificent model, my little gripes not withstanding, but I
just wonder if anyone will get around to giving us an early
example or will that be left to the resin and decal people?
Thanks to Revell for the sample.
Review and Text Copyright © 2007 by Glen
Page Created 16 January, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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