Boeing P-26 Peashooter
Fuerza Aerea Guatemalteca - 1955
Academy's re-release of Hobbycraft's 1/48 scale P-26 ia
available online from
I always liked the distinctive shape of this tiny pre WWII
fighter. The only thing that kept me a long time from building this
kit was the fact that I have limited myself to build only Aircraft
of the post WWII era. This is only a measure for keeping the number
of unbuilt kits on my shelf low.
When I first heard from some Peashooters used by the FAG until 1955
my decision was clear ! The hardest thing for this project was not
the assembly (the kit goes together quite easy) but the research!
Pictures of P-26 in FAG service are rare and information about
painting/colors is even rarer. I finally managed to find some
documentation about the subject and so I started building it!
I built this 1/48 scale Hobbycraft P-26 Peashooter 2 years ago.
In my opinion this is one of the best 1/48 kits Hobbycraft ever
produced. The level of detail on the surfaces as well as on the
engine front is good. The only extra was the nice Reheat PE Set and
the Markings wich are partly from Hobbycraft and from my spares box.
As you can see this little bird may not be as colorful as some of
it's pre WWII USAAC brothers but it's esoteric markings make it
something special in my eyes.
Imagine - in 1955 when aircraft types like the F-100 Super Sabre or
the F-101 Voodoo (to name only a few) are already existent, this
small piston engined antiquity was still used in military service -
amazing ! As far as I know the Peashooter era was over when the last
P-26 qualified FAG pilot refused to fly the last remaining aircraft
which was in flyable condition for safety reasons!
I hope you all like it.
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