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Dermo245

DONE -1/72 Italeri B-25B Doolittle Raider - 75th Anniversary

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Hey everyone,

Well the Group Builds seem to be coming thick and fast these days!

I've always wanted to do a B-25, probably since first seeing the Airfix kit back in the day - remember that? 3 kit options in 1 box! Fantastic stuff.

With it being the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid this year, I thought it was appropriate to do something marking one of the most amazing feats in aviation...flying a big twin medium bomber off an aircraft carrier. 

 

This kit, bought many years ago online from a hobby shop in Italy

 

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And this scheme...

 

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Probably mostly OOB all the way and will have some fun.

 

Good luck with your builds!

Cheers,

Dermot

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Good choice.

Built a couple of these a few years ago for the Bomber GB.

It is a tailsitter and needs a lot of weight up front.

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Welcome to the GB Dermot :welcome:.   It will be particularly nice to have commemorative build.

 

Cliff

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Started that kit many years ago but never finished it.

 

It will be nice to see a finished one Dermot

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I've been looking for this kit at a sensible price for a couple of years Dermot; it's not easy to find.

 

Really looking forward to seeing how it goes together; great choice of subject :thumbsup:.

 

Best regards

TonyT

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I'll pull up a chair for this one, if you don't mind, Dermot  :popcorn:

 

Philip

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So a quick pic of what's in the box..

 

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Made a start on the cockpit..

 

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And with some paint. I also added some boxes to the sidewalls to make them a bit more interesting.

 

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Cheers,

Dermot

 

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So a bit more on this one..some belts and cushions for the cockpit and a new seat for the bombardier.

And the start of lots of weight under & behind the cockpit!

 

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Front end painted up and with belts too.

 

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Cockpit added. The bulkhead behind the cockpit wasn't there on B-25's but it's with the kit and handy for hiding the weight back there. I also made a little box to include some more weight.

 

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Fuselage joined up which fitted quite well though there were gaps around where the wings met the fuselage.

 

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Some more weight added to the front of the engines - these are fishing weights held in place with white glue.

 

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And the moment of truth - we have a nose-sitter!

A quick test fit with the vertical tails showed it needed some more weight so I added this to the engines and under the bombardier's floor

 

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Off for some primer next.

Thanks for looking!

Dermot

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It's always very satisfying when nose-weighting works :)

Cliff

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Excellent progress.

I used the weights associated with wheel balancing only because they were flat and sat easily under the cockpit section  . . .

 

Would I be right in thinking that they carried no guns or ammo to save weight but carried additional fuel in jerry cans which they threw out once emptied ??

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On 10/09/2017 at 09:08, Mancunian airman said:

Excellent progress.

I used the weights associated with wheel balancing only because they were flat and sat easily under the cockpit section  . . .

 

Would I be right in thinking that they carried no guns or ammo to save weight but carried additional fuel in jerry cans which they threw out once emptied ??

Apparently they used painted broom handles in the gun positions. It is one of the few things they got right in "Pearl Harbour"...

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On 9/10/2017 at 9:08 AM, Mancunian airman said:

Enllent progress.

I used the weights associated with wheel balancing only because they were flat and sat easily under the cockpit section  . . .

 

Would I be right in thinking that they carried no guns or ammo to save weight but carried additional fuel in jerry cans which they threw out once emptied ??

 

2 hours ago, John_W said:

Apparently they used painted broom handles in the gun positions. It is one of the few things they got right in "Pearl Harbour"...

 

Yep, spot on John. Apparently they also painted black stripes on the tail cone to give the impression the broom handles could move up and down!

 

@Mancunian airman Other modifications included removing the radios, Norden bomb sight and the ventral turret. They kept the Bendix top turret but it was prone to hydraulics issues and had a nasty tendency to stress the fuselage skin when fired on low elevation - they added a metal sheet to help with that. They also got deicer boots added to the wings, a 160 gallon rubber fuel bag tank; ten 5-gallon fuel cans; and a 225 gallon tank in the bomb bay. I can highly recommend Craig Nelson's The First Heroes which is a great read about the training, the crews, the raid itself and the aftermath.

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So a bit more done on this one, all with Revell acrlics and a brush. Grey for the undersurfaces and Nato Olive Green for the sides and upper. 

When that was done, I masked up and painted the de-icer boots, Revell Matt Black.

 

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Because I wanted to make sure I didn't have a tail sitter, I left off the clear nose part so I could mask it separately and add some more weight under the floor. Unfortunately when I went to fit it, it was too wide all around for the fuselage. The cockpit glass also seems too wide when test fitting. :doh:
I think a small shim in the fuselage nose might help spread the sides a little wider so that you get a more positive fit - anyone who built the old Airfix Sea King will know this one! 
After a couple of rounds of filling and sanding to try and blend the nose as best I could.

 

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And with some paint on......a little better. I'll reinstate the raised detail with some pencil panel lines and should hopefully look better when it gets a coat of Klear on top.

 

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Thanks for looking.
Dermot

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And with the new paintwork glossed up so I can get to the decals...all 10 of them.

 

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And with the decals and final glass bits added. As most of the detail is raised, I went over that with a pencil to show up for the panel lines.

From pics I've seen, the mission a/c were quite worn/weathered so I tried to fade the upper surfaces by drybrushing with a slightly lighter shade of the main colour (which is Revell Nato Olive green). She also has a Flory Models wash for the recessed detail.

 

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Flat coat next and we're done.

 

Cheers,

Dermot

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Very nice Dermot, I like the look of the Mitchell and the Italeri kit is not that bad despite its age.

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And with final parts added, she's done. The drybrushing was toned down quite a bit by the final matt coat.

Overall, happy how it's gone together and looks like a Mitchell, especially as it's a kit from the 80s.

The masking could have been better (lesson learned) and for hairy sticks, I'm happy with the finish.

 

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Will post some more pics in the Gallery, thanks to the CliffB and Milktrip for leading an excellent, Radial-lovers GB and appreciate all your comments!
Cheers,
Dermot

 

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Looks great. One question: are the propellers painted black or are they grey? In the photos, they look like unpainted plastic.

 

 

Chris

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13 hours ago, dogsbody said:

Looks great. One question: are the propellers painted black or are they grey? In the photos, they look like unpainted plastic.

 

 

Chris

Cheers Chris.

I painted them Revell Panzer Grey (same as the tyres) as I felt black would be too black if you know what I mean? I weathered the edges with some drybrushed aluminium.
It's hard to tell from the original 1942 pics....they're probably black. But definitely no yellow tips, that's clear from the pics.

 

All the best,

Dermot

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