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Douglas JD-1D Invader

by Mark Brouyere


Douglas JD-1D Invader


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When I decided to build the Pro-Modeler Invader, I wanted something special.

I had seen an advertisement about a resin conversion to make a JD-1, the drone-carrying variant operated by the US Navy in the 1950s. I ordered the resin set via the Internet, but when I received it, I was disappointed. The parts were crudely cast, with lots of air bubbles, and the instructions were basic. But when you buy something unseen, you can sometimes be unlucky.





I decided to try the conversion anyway. Firstly, I would try to build a decent Firebee drone with its pylon, using the documentation I had. If that was successful, I could carry on with the rest of the modifications on the airframe.

If not, it would still be possible to find another variant/decoration.

After some work, the Firebee was acceptable, and the building of the pylons took less work than I first thought.



The A-26 was one of the last kits from Monogram/Pro-Modeler/Revell to use raised panel lines. These were sanded off, and the model was rescribed. The interior was improved using plastic bits and parts from Eduardís photoetched frets. The cowl flaps were also replaced by the photoetched items, but this is hardly noticeable once the kit is completed!

The resin nose was not a good fit, so I replaced it with the kit-supplied gun-nose suitably detailed and modified with a self-made vac-formed nose cone.

Luckily I didnít attach the engines until after painting and final assembly, because the weight put in the nose cone didnít prove sufficient to prevent tail-sitting!



Painting and Markings


The model was painted using Gunze and Aeromaster acrylics.

The decals were made on my PC and printed on an ALPS printer, with the national insignias coming from an Aeromaster sheet.



This was a really enjoyable project, and certainly a colourful one! The only problem is that, with the resin drone and ballast tank, the model is quite heavy and must be handled carefully.



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Model, Images and Article Copyright © 2002 by Mark Brouyere
Page Created 28 January 2002
Last updated 04 June 2007

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