Bronzart B-26 Marauder

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Bronzart B-26 Marauder

Postby sandmanoverhaul » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:50 am

Just finished an overhaul for another member here on MAC. This is a Bronzart B-26 cast metal desk model made in substantial quantities later in WW2 and after. Most were only painted in the Bronzart's on recipe silver/gold (bronze) paint color and simple decals. The model was based on the recognition model that Bronzart formally produced for the military iD programs but were eclipsed by the Cruver Company's less costly early acetate black plastic models.

This left molds available for use and Martin made hay by having many produced for marketing purposes. They were offered on ashtrays, desk stands and just as boxed models. The metal used in casting was exactly like the product used in their recognition models is susceptible to "lead rot". It is important to be a smart consumer when deciding on which of these to purchase.

This example was in excellent shape so the overhaul would be not require any mechanical repairs just plenty of patience and detailed masking. The plan was to replicate the look of one of the first B-26 bombers off the line and used in flight testing. It's claim to fame was the "high-vis" red markings especially on the cowlings. Sky blue was used on the intricate window systems and vintage pre-war "flash n dash" markings to round-out the display. It was also the subject of many published photos and cover art. The third photo shows the model in front of a vintage copy of Model Airplane News circa 1941 of the same airplane. The Results are as shown below

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Re: Bronzart B-26 Marauder

Postby hovermd » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:28 pm

Gorgeous!
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Re: Bronzart B-26 Marauder

Postby Toyplaneguy » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:45 pm

BE-UT-E-FUL!!!

Great looking!

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Re: Bronzart B-26 Marauder

Postby sandmanoverhaul » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:09 am

Thanks Guys! Off to another project.
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