Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Douglas B-26K Counter Invader
AF64-651, 609th S.O.S., 59th S.O.W.,
Nakhon Phanom, Thailand 1969
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.
Canopy can be removed to place figures inside.
3 figures 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.

In early 1967 the B-26K Counter Invader was delivered to the 609th Special Operations
Squadron (SOS), 56th Special Operations Wing (SOW) based at Nakhon Phanom Royal
Thai Air Base. These aircraft used call-sign Nimrod and tasked with impeding the flow of men
and supplies from North Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh trail. In November 1969 the 609th
SOS operations ended with most aircraft being sent to the U.S. but B-26K 64-17651 that was
originally built as B-26C 44-34119 is displayed at the KAI Aerospace Museum, Sachon,
South Korea.

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

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

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

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

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
Maximum Internal - 4,000 lbs
Maximum Under-Wing – 2,000 lbs
14 X 5 inch rockets