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B-26K Late Version
Engine and Cowling Set for Italeri


Pavla, 1/72 scale


S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Pavla 72072 - B-26K Late Version Engine and Cowling Set (for Italeri)
Price: From GBP4.77 available online from Hannants and specialist hobby retailers worldwide
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 24 parts in pale yellow resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Nice casting; comprehensively detailed; noticeable improvement over Italeri kit parts; worthwhile donor kit.
Disadvantages: No instructions; some re-engineering of the kit rear nacelles will be required to accommodate the deeper engine.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green

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Pavla has produced a complete replacement for the engines, cowls and exhausts of Italeri's 1/72 scale B-26K Counter Invader.

Although the moulding and detail of the Italeri kit is quite good, the engines are noticeably underdone so Pavla's set is especially welcome. Pavla's resin engine is very nicely detailed -  a major improvement over the very basic cylinders and crackcase in the Italeri kit.

The remaining part replace the engine cowling and cowl flaps (with open cowls), and the exhaust stubs. The deeper engine means that some modifications will be needed to the kit parts prior to installation.

Casting quality is very good, and the detail is as impressive as the larger nose parts. The instrument panel even features a cable bundle on the back of the resin part.

No instructions were supplied with my sample, so plenty of test-fitting is the order of the day.

It is pleasing to see this sort of resin attention applied to the Italeri Counter Invader kit. This will be ideal for the experienced modeller who wants to build a better B-26K.


Thanks to Pavla for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright 2006 by Brett Green
Page Created 26 October, 2006
Last updated 26 October, 2006

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