Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
HA3204
Douglas B-26C Invader
44-35911, G.B. 1/19 "Gascogne", Tourane,
French Indochina, 1951
Douglas Invader A-26 was re-designated B-26
in June 1948
True 1/72 scale.
Professionally painted.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Loads of optional armament provided.
Canopy can be removed to place figures inside.
3 figures included.
Turrets can turn.
Bomb bay can be opened with 6 bombs included.
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.
Highly collectable.
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In 1941 Douglas Aircraft Company began work on their twin-engine medium-bomber A-26
Invader. By the end of production there were 2,452 aircraft produced for all variants. The A-
26/B-26 was the only U.S. bomber to take part in three wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The
confusion with the use of the designation B-26 began when the Martin B-26 Marauder was
retired and in 1948 the USAF dropped the “A” (Attack) designator so the Douglas A-26
Invader became the B-26 Invader. The A-26 made its first European appearance in late 1944.

The B-26C Invader 44-35911 was built in 1945, in 1950 was sent to the l' Armee de l' Air GB
1\19 "Gascogne" during the French-Indo War of the early 1950’s. In 1954 the Plexiglas
bomber-nose was replaced with the machine gun attack-nose. By October 1955 it had flown
over 300 missions and returned to the U.S. and in 1957 it sold to the private sector. In 2000 it
was painted black with red lettering and named “Spirit of North Carolina” dedicated to
Invader personnel who lost their lives in conflicts.



Specifications Douglas A-26C Invader

Production for the USAAF – 1,091

Role – bomber/pathfinder observation with Plexiglas nose and Norden bomb sight

Crew – 3 X Pilot, Bombardier/Navigator/Pilot, Gunner

Dimensions
Length – 50 ft 9 in
Wingspan – 70 ft 0 in
Height – 18 ft 6 in

Weight
Empty – 22,370 lbs
Maximum take-off – 35,000 lbs

Performance
Engines – 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-79 radial piston with water injection each producing
2,000 hp
Maximum Speed – 373 mph
Cruising Speed – 284 mph
Range – 1,400 mi
Service Ceiling – 28,000 ft

Armament
2 X 0.5 in. Browning M.G. in nose firing forward
2 X 0.5 in. Browning M.G. in dorsal turret
2 X 0.5 in. Browning M.G. in ventral turret
6 X 0.5 in. guns could be added to the wings in the field
Bombs
Maximum Internal - 4,000 lbs
and
Maximum Under-Wing – 2,000 lbs
or
14 X 5 inch rockets
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