“Old soldiers never
die; they just fade away…”* or they get reassigned.
Here’s an aircraft that really fits the latter. First
appearing in 1943 and like Forrest Gump it began showing up in some novel
places; it first appeared in most theaters of WWII, then
Following on the A-20s success
For those of us of a certain age, one look at the box art will fill your ears with “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”** from the movie Always of 1989. Monogram (now Revell) was at their best; good interior detail, raised panel lines and a mostly decent fit. Upon opening the top of the box you will find 156 pieces on four sprues in three cello bags (that’s “sell-oh”), one being the clear parts and the other (thankfully) are molded in gray, not black.
Now you do have options for one of three aircraft: Two are military examples in overall black or a civilian fire fighter. As this is a B model you are on your own to find a correct bulged canopy for the civil option. Curiously the instructions mention a bulged canopy being included, but alas, no. Even the box art shows the original canopy. A great feature of these old kits is the figures and you get three with this one: Two standing flight crew and a mechanic carrying a tool box. “Things under wings” include gun packs and rockets on zero length launchers. The bomb bay can be displayed open with a load of eight 300lb bombs. You get a choice of tires, bulged or not. The engine detail is only engine fronts. The interior shows its age with the detail ranging from simplified to clunky, worry not o sufferers of A.M.S., there are plenty of aftermarket detailing upgrades for you. This is the ‘09 release and until one of the new kids adds the Invader to their catalog, this is the only game in town for a 1/48th Invader.
Now if you’ll excuse me… I must go wipe the confused look off my son’s face and force him to sit through “Always”.
** - The Platters
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