Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

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Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

Postby soslipstream » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:26 am

Technically, this Strombecker B-26 was originally a recognition model designed to suppliment the US Navy/Army program to produce models to be used in training of military personnel. At some point someone, possibly a Martin Aviation employee, decided to finish the airplane in silver like those heading off to war in 1944. It then went into long-term hibernation and reappeared in 2009 missing half of its fin and a bit of nose damage probably from being dropped nose first.

After using it for a few years to develop various re-finish techniques, I decided it had suffered enough and have overhauled it for permanent display. It has been a good soldier and has been given a well deserved rest. To keep it company on display will be a vintage advertisement from Martin using a famous Charles Hubbell painting. Also for display is a vintage 1941 Model Airplane News, a postcard featuring the "prototype" B-26 Marauder and an original Strombecker B-26 Recognition "Spotter Model" Kit. All the literature feature the first B-26 to take flight 25 November 1940 and it is that airplane that became the subject of this presentation.

Regards to All,
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Re: Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

Postby Toyplaneguy » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:24 pm

Terrific work, and a fantastic display. Thanks for Sharing!

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Re: Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

Postby silverarrow » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:14 pm

That's beautiful! Your display is very well thought out, and really compliments the model.

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Re: Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

Postby ramseyd » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:21 pm

I am always very impressed with your refurbs. Again a great job! and ditto on the display. Something to be proud of. Dennis
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Re: Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

Postby soslipstream » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:01 pm

Thanks All.
I just received a note from Steve Remington that this Strombecker B-26's tale has been added to Part One of the Strombecker Story at his website called CollectAir.com The whole article (as is the website) is an informative, entertaining read so I have added the link here...

http://collectair.com/strombecker.html

BTW, I am sorry to have missed meeting you all at GR's but real-life business and weather got in the way. Hopefully we can get together again possibly late Fall next time.

Regards, Tom
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Re: Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

Postby grwebster » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:32 pm

Steve's museum is one of the best, and so is his website so the addition of your story and beautiful work will receive great exposure.
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Re: Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

Postby solumis » Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:55 pm

great work... i love to see the badly damaged models come back to life. :D

With seperated engines and about 5 layers of colour (the last layer was bright blue) i restored this b-47 curver back. To fit it into my display i needed a model with gear to put one under all the stands. So thats why this one have a landing gear.
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Re: Overhauled B-26 Recognition Model

Postby grwebster » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:09 pm

The Cruver postwar ID issue of the B-47 in 1/72 scale was, I am told, limited to only 100 examples and it is a rare example. Nice work.
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