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  1. Sounds like there might be quite a few B-25s in this Group Build, so I'll be adding another. Using the recent new tooling from Airfix, I'll be building the B-25D "Grumpy", an airworthy B-25 that has a history of flying both in Europe and the US. It was just sold in September and will be returning to Europe next year. A bit of its history can be found here https://b-25history.org/aircraft/433318.htm Box pictures, still getting the correct decals. Looking forward to this, as I've yet to build the Airfix version, which im hoping is a better build than the Hasegawa offering.
  2. This is the new Airfix kit straight out of the box, decals and all. It's a pretty good kit, although do pay attention to the fit of the interior, it's very tight and any misalignment here will have you sanding away at the fuselage seam lines. Weathering is pretty heavy as I read these aircraft were worked pretty hard. Colours used were Tamiya Olive Drab over Vallejo Air Neutral Grey.
  3. After the 1/32nd kits (link) Hong Kong (HK) Models is to release 1/48th North American B-25 Mitchell kits. First - ref. 01F008 - North American B-25J Mitchell Another large scale beauty transfered to the quarter scale! Source: https://www.facebook.com/worldhobbyminiatures/posts/pfbid023dMSKWePj68HzJaSg5oDEfFSwERNCFCaokysdsETDo483nTWhex6UzTVpeSow1Ybl V.P.
  4. The former WingScale XL 1/32nd North American B-25J Mitchell kit project ( http://www.hyperscale.com/2011/galleries/b25j32jv_1.htm ) will be edited by HK Models. Source: http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt6/hk_models/ And a B-25H is also programmed http://www.hk-models.com/eng/p2_03.htm V.P.
  5. You might think I'm fooling myself, but it wasn't until today (after 50 years of interest in aviation and modeling), that I discovered that the three basic World War II American light and medium bombers (A-20, B-25 and B-26) most likely have no anti-icing installation whatsoever on the wings. I know that high-altitude flying heavy bombers (B-17, B-24 and B-29) and airliner-derived designs (C-47, A-29) have black rubber boots integrated with the wing leading edge. PBY and British Blenheim are similar. And here what's going on? Was it assumed that a twin-engine bomber would never have to get through the clouds of a stormy weather front? Shed some light on this at least, please. Cheers Michael PS. Although Wikipedia mentions the anti-icing installation as the basic change introduced in the B-25C, but the B-25H/J cutaways by Mike Badrocke/Aviagraphica are completely silent on this subject
  6. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Hasegawa B-25J in colors of the Soviet Air Force (VVS) in 1945. Built with addition of PART photo-etch and CMK resin parts. Painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thank you for your interest in this topic. Best greetings from Vienna, Roman
  7. Hi, indeed, the model is already finished, these are just a few pictures of some parts of the kit during the build. This is the old Airfix 1/72 B-25J from 1964. Sorry for the very poor quality of the photos. First, the entire surface of the kit was sanded to remove the oversized rivets. Then an ordinary scribing tool was used to scribe all panel lines. The original cockpit floor of the kit was discarded and a new floor was made, as well as the nose floor (including the "tunnel" that connects the nose with the cockpit). Some structural detail was added to the sidewalls, including several "black boxes" (bits of plastic, representing various equipment). Enough weight was added in several places of the nose and cockpit to balance the model. The seats were scratchbuilt, and ammunition boxes and more "black boxes" added to the nose. I tried to improve the original top turret of the kit with several "plastic pieces", at least to get a "busy" look. I cut the "pedestal" at the bottom of the turret and installed a pin (a piece of copper wire) to serve as a fastening axle. The "pedestal" was movably installed on a lower floor attached to the cockpit floor (sorry, a computer virus destroyed several photos of this kit, including the images that showed the interior). A hole with the diameter of the pin was drilled on top of the "pedestal". So I could install the turret after assembling and painting the whole kit, and the turret would be rotatable. The original carburetor air intakes of the kit are squared, OK for postwar B-25s, but I wanted a plane used during World War II with the oval-oblong intakes. Thus new intakes would have to be made. After some experiments, I decided to use a piece of metal tube to make the intakes. A plastic insert was cut and sanded to have a width and thickness slightly smaller than the intake. The insert is necessary for not to "smash" too much the metal tube. The new intakes, having the correct WWII shape (oval-oblong) and the required length, were cut from the metal tube with a suitable saw. I removed the squared intakes. Holes for the recognition lights were made on the tip of the right wing. In this case it is easier to drill through holes. Bits of coloured plastic (R, G, Y) were glued in the holes, and gap-filling superglue (cyanoacrylate) was applied and sanded. Later, the painting on top of the wing will hide these recognition lights, which shoould be visible only at the bottom of the wing. A slot was filed in place of the old intakes. The top of the wheel bay was painted with interior colour (zinc chromate). A plastic plate was glued inside the rear of the metal intakes, to facilitate and strengthen the gluing of the intakes. In the photo above, I had applied a layer of aluminum paint to highlight possible imperfections. The engine cowling provided by Airfix has 13 exhaust stacks with a strange shape. There should be 14 exhaust stacks (one for each engine cylinder). I sanded-off all of them and made new ones from Evergreen "channel" (no. 261) with 0.06" (1,5 mm) wide. I cut and sanded each exhaust stack individually, to get the correct size and shape. Yes, the Evergreen "channel" have squared corners and the exhaust stacks should have a rounded outer surface. After gluing all the exhaust stacks in place (I used an Italeri B-25J engine cowling as a positional reference), I sanded the surface of the stacks slightly, to get the rounded appearance. Meanwhile I tried to improve the landing gear. I cut the "base" of the landind gear and glued it inside the nacelles as per indicated in the Airfix instructions sheet. The idea was to install the landing gear (by means of pins of fixation) after assembling and painting the entire kit. Brake lines and an extra arm were added to the landing gear. The doors of the nacelles (one of the worst parts of the kit) were glued together with internal reinforcing strips. After drying, they had their length shortened (cut and sanded). They were glued to the opening of the nacelles (the landed B-25 keeps the doors of the wheel bays closed). The fit is very lousy, and tons of gap-filling cyanoacrylate were applied and sanded. Later, the contours of the doors were engraved with the scriber tool (a flexible ruler was useful for doing this). The nose landing gear bay received a similar treatment. As the size of the nacelle doors was decreased, it was necessary to make a new, larger rectangular door from plastic sheet, that was later curved (simply by forcing it with the fingers) to follow the rounded shape of the nacelle. The original engine is less than passable but with a little work it can be improved. The original "reduction gear casing" is very bad, but a new rounded casing (or "front cover") can be made by push-forming a piece of heated plastic sheet over a rounded "mold" (like a rounded back of a pen or brushstick having a suitable size). After push-forming it I cut off the "front cover" from the remaining plastic sheet around, and I sanded it until the exact diameter of the front of the engine. Then I glued the new "front cover" in place; later I drilled a hole on the "front cover" to pass the propeller shaft. Bits of plastic were glued on the "front cover" to represent magnetos and other details. A copper wire ring was made with the diameter of the "front cover" of the engine. The ends of 14 thinner copper wires were carefully glued on the ring (avoiding bulky bonding points), corresponding to the positions of the engine cilinders. Thin holes (0.4 mm, 0.016") were made near the top of each cylinder to receive the other ends of the thin wires. The wire ring was placed over the "front cover", and the length of the thin wires ("cables") was adjusted (cut). After the engine and the wire ring with "cables" were painted, the wire ring was placed again over the "front cover", with no glue on the ring. The fastening of the set is done by gluing the ends of the "cables" in the thin holes of the cylinders. A tweezer helps to position the "cables" and the ring in the exact places. It can be said that the ring is "floating", abutted against the front cover of the engine, without going out of place.
  8. The ancient Crown/Revell/Minicraft kit, with old Microscale decals. Kit national insignia was useless, so modified some from an old 1/72 F-5A jet sheet. This is a rather crude kit, but the basic shape is OK. Modified the nose, reworked the awful props, tried to make something of the cowlings, added guitar string guns. Some have complained that the dihedral is too much... hard to correct though. I think it does look like a B-25 now though, especially from "far away." And in this size, just about everything is far away: that's a dime on the base. https://photos.app.goo.gl/PVgizkivE7hZwXbcA https://photos.app.goo.gl/5m8mYgHyC9NporJf9 https://photos.app.goo.gl/k2V9xzEoN2uk6Dpg9
  9. B-25 Mitchell Wheels 1:72 Eduard Brassin for Airfix & Hasegawa Kits For the Airfix Kit & Hasegawa Kits. This set contains the 2 main wheels and the nose wheel. They are direct replacements for the kit parts. Also included (not shown) is a full set of masks for the wheels. Airfix (672205) Hasegawa (672206) Review samples courtesy of
  10. Hi all, Just noticed that Italeri are about to re-release the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 B-25G and noticed in their sprue shots that it seems to contain at least most of the parts to complete it as a B-25C, including the clear parts and was wondering if anyone has the original release or the Academy one and can confirm if these parts are there and that a glass nosed C can be built from this kit. Thanks in advance. Craig.
  11. Well after having watched all the excellent builds on here and having acquired a couple of Airfix's excellent new B-25's and having also finished my Harrier for the Hawker GB I thought it was only right that I finally join in with a Mitchell of my own. I am still unsure as to which scheme she will be finished in, I have the new Xtradecal sheet which has some very nice schemes on it and one of my reference books comes with decals for several options including a B-25C or two which were based in the Pacific. What I would really like to do is a Soviet one in temporary winter scheme but finding decals for them is impossible as the Authentic Decals 1/72 sheet is out of print and nowhere to be found but I might try to make some up from the spares box, I have plenty of red stars so that isn't a problem but the individual numbers and markings might be an issue. As either choice is the same mark I don't really need to choose until I'm about ready to apply some paint, and even then they both have the same basic OD over NG scheme. Anyway here are the usual box and contents shots. And a couple of references I will be using. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and help will be gratefully received. Craig.
  12. Hi all, Here is my latest completed model, its Airfix's excellent new 1/72 B-25 C/D built as an aircraft operated by the 13th Guards Long Range Aviation Regiment and sporting a temporary Winter camo scheme applied over the standard Olive Drab over Neutral Grey that the aircraft was delivered in. Not much to say about the build as it was a very smooth process and I didn't have any issues at all and can heartily recommend this kit to anyone who has an interest in this aircraft, and I usually build in 1/48 scale. Anyway here are the pics, sorry but there are rather a lot of them as I got carried away in the sunshine! Sorry for all the pics. Here's a link to the WIP which was done as part of the B-25 STGB which you really should check out as there are some excellent builds. Thanks for looking and all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  13. I will be building a PBJ (Patrol Bomber North American) Mitchell for the GB. If I can fine enough markings to replicate them, I will build a Mitchell from VMB-614, my Father-in-Laws group. Although they were the last unit PBJ transfer to theater in WWII, he did spend his entire flying career in the Mitchell as a radio operator/gunner. VMB-614 spent a large amount of it's time stateside working out kinks for the units already transferred to the front. As such he flew in the PBJ with all the different radar positions (4 different spots, I believe), working out the Tiny Tim delivery system and any other "odds and mods" support they needed. A link to their unit history can me found here http://vmb614.com/index.html Greg in OK
  14. B-25 Update sets & masks 1:72 Eduard for Airfix Kit The new Airfix B-25 is a cracker of a kit, however that has not stopped Eduard from wanting to add their own brand of magic to the kit. Update Set (73628) Inside there are two frets, one coloured and one not. The coloured parts are mainly for the cockpit including a new instrument panel, sides panels, and various levers. Also seatbelts for the front seats, and parts for the seats themselves. There are parts for the nose including ammo boxes and feed chutes for the nose gun, and rear gun. There is a new wiring harness for each engine, and inside the main fuselage many panels for the side, as well as a crew access ladders. The set is rounded of with additional parts for the landing gear. If the modeller only wants the the cockpit parts then they are available as a Zoom set. Full Set ZOOM Bomb Bay (72667) This set really does what it says on the packet it contains a complete new bomb bay and bay doors for the kit. Some fo the kit parts are kept and enhanced by the PE but large parts need to be removed to be replaced by the PE. New fins and arming vanes are also supplied for the bombs. Masks (CX507) Eduard provide masks for the extensive glazing of the B-25 and the wheels. Review samples courtesy of
  15. AZmodel is to release soon a 1/72nd boxing from the Italeri's North American B-25J Mitchell kit - ref. AZ7582 Vintage kit (1978) - https://www.scalemates.com/kits/157216-italeri-129-mitchell-b-25-h-j-versions Source: http://www.azmodel.cz/produkt/b-25j-mitchell-raaf/ V.P.
  16. Hi again folks, I have been following all the fab builds in the Gb with much interest and with the call for a final push to close the GB with a bang, and coupled with the extended finish line i felt the need to drop everything else (model wise) and get one more done before full time. With the brand spanking new Airfix B-25 hitting the shelves as we speak i thought now is as good a time as any to get my Matchbox one built. I anticipate a few of these will appear on e-bay or second hand dealers as people "upgrade" to the new all singing and dancing version. So heres the box and obligatory sprue shots... IMG_2679 by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos IMG_2680 by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos So its off to the bench for some glue and plastic action, more later.... Thanks for looking, Cheers Greg
  17. Hello, this is an Airfix B-25J with Russian insignia. The assembly is in the "work in progress" section. Thanks for watching! And a image of the real aircraft: Cheers!
  18. A couple I recently finished... If I can only find the wing light covers for the PBJ the that I put somewhere so I would not lose them. Go figure...😂
  19. So these are my completed entry's for the MTO GB, a thoroughly enjoyable group build full of fantastic and inspiring builds.... pop along and have a look! This was supposed to be a triple build, however life got a little in the way so my time was shortened.... I really wanted to post a topic on Christmas day called "we three twins" witty arn't I! Any way I digress.... here is a link to the wip for more info So first up for your festive perusal is a SAAF b-26 marauder that flew from Italy with no 2 squadron. The transfers are from the Xtradecals sheet "med twins", Tony O'toole helped with the set and gave a good few pointers on some of the options, what a great guy offering out his knowledge freely! Hope the back starts to improve mate.... anyway the kit is the rather old, but really rather very good, airfix in 1/72. Internal detail is very nice and there is lots of it, it goes together fine no major issues (well maybe apart from the engine necklace's) and the external details are nicely done but made of both raised and engraved panel lines. Here s how she ended up... V-Viking Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Paints were tamiya and weathering was done using micromesh between coats to create colour fade/bleaching, mixing my own shade of olive to highlight panels and using pastels to fade areas and desaturate roundels etc.... So next up is "bottoms up II" which crash landed in corsica, it's my first try at a US aircraft (since I was a child I should add) and a NMF. I do love this scheme and it was picked by my wife! It popped up when I was looking for options to do in the GB and she found it funny... I said it looked like her, and she is a yoga teacher and we'll. ... here she is Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Lucky guy.... And here is the rest of it! Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr The kit is the italieri 1/72 b-25 j/h not a bad kit goes together ok, detail is ok.... its ok.... I could have done better as well to be fair... paints were citidal for the NMF using a couple of shades to get panel variation and a little bit of humbrol, for the other colours. Pastels again to weather the transfers panels etc... Merry Christmas all C & C welcome Rob
  20. This group build has been my main focus for this year and I have given it a lot of thought. I love the MTO and everything about it, it's probably the part of the war I read/know most about, so this GB was always going to be a tough decision! However I have avoided ny natural impulses to jump to malta with a trio of blue spits and gone for something I don't do often. I have always liked the following three AC's for their agressive and powerful looks, it must be the big radials strapped to the wings! They looks very American in my eyes, or a least how I see American aircraft looking, fast and powerful! Like class muscle cars.... but in the the sky.... So enough ramble here is the muscles Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr No I did not get the marauder for the 55p woolworths price tag. They are a mixed bag, the italieri one being of the lowest standard out of the three, but the will not be lots of clever rescribe work or detailing. ....I plan to get these finished! So the options I intend to complete. B-25 will be my first American airforce build, and in NMF which will be a first for me! Transfers are form the hase boxing of 'bottoms up ii'. This is also a little gift to the wife, she is a yoga teacher and supposedly this is a yoga move! Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr And she is also a fan of the pin up look on it and the colour.... its cool I am told bottomsup by robert mulvey, on Flickr An in game computer generated image off Google B25_DSC4312 by robert mulvey, on Flickr And a better view done by a much better modeller than me on JAM forum! As ever pictures found on Google but if anyone wants them removed then let me know and they are gone! Next is the airfix marauder and I must say I am really rather impressed with the amount of detail in this kit, especially considering the age. She will be done as the below SAAF marauder from the hannants Med twins part 1 sheet, which has had the great input of forum member Tony O'toole. Nice work Tony it's a cracking set. Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr And then finally it's the revell Boston, the best for detail and the newest out of the lot! It will be built OOB as it comes with a set for a RAF bomber in Italy. ... which is also on the Xtradecals set Untitled by robert mulvey, on Flickr So that's a south African, American and a brit all walk into a group build.... let's see what happens! Cheers Rob
  21. While some of you already noticed in my recent Herc post, I also got a real treat last summer. We had a visit for one week by bombers from the Commemorative Air Force. B-17G Sentimental Journey. I saw her the last time she was in Winnipeg. Though that was almost twenty years ago! Unlike me, the B-17 does not look a day older. And for her first time in The 'Peg, B-25J Mitchell: Maid in the Shade. This B-17 arrived in the PTO too late to see action and was used largely for photo mapping after hostilities had ended. The B-25 however was a real honour to see. She is a genuine combat veteran. She flew 15 combat missions over Italy in late 1944. Including one mission where she was the only ship out of four to return home. You can still see where bullet holes were patched. And I'm told a fair bit of flak was taken out of the tail during restoration. She wore Battle Number 18 in World War II and she still wears that number today. I brought my camera to work the day these two were expected to depart. The B-25 had a minor technical issue so she stayed in our hangar for a few extra days. I was thrilled! There was a combat veteran B-25 parked four feet from my locker! Trevor is in the tug as Brandon wing walks a legend. 20150706-DSC_5682 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5689 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Why yes, I did have just the best day ever at work! 20150706-DSC_5696 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Dan enjoying the day. 20150706-DSC_5702 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5712 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5722 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Trevor admires the legend. 20150706-DSC_5723 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr I was tempted to get much closer with engines running. But I didn't want to alarm the crew so I kept a respectable distance. Next time, closer! 20150706-DSC_5746 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5758 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5767-2 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Such a glorious sound! 20150706-DSC_5774 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Volunteer from the CAF ground crew walks past. 20150706-DSC_5790 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5791 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20150706-DSC_5822 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Till we meet again. 20150706-DSC_5855 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Thanks for looking. -matt
  22. This will be my first "big" project. Reason being, I know this kit has some shortcomings that will need to be dealt with. My first impressions upon opening the kit was the rivets all over the wings and fuselage, and apart from the control surfaces, lack of any kind of panel lines. My first task will be to sand off most of the rivets (there's a profile of the plane in the Squadron Signal book showing panel lines and rivets). Most rivets on the plane would be flushed, but I will present them like conventional domed rivets. Once done I will attempt to scribe the panel lines myself (first time attempting it). This might be a complete failure yet, so don't watch this space too closely I have set about 3 weeks aside just for this. I have not yet decided what I'm going to build either, but definitely not one of the options that came with the kit, and not a silver plane.
  23. Hi everyone, I wanted to do a project which required a lot of scratch build to compare to the other offerings (Hasegawa etc.). The Airfix kit was perfect for this since it was, 1. bare basic and, 2, extremely inaccurate. I've attempted to fix some of these inaccuracies (not all) to produce a result that is comparable to the better B-25 kits out there. In the end, I don't think I achieved this result. I did however enjoy it, and did end up with a result that an OOB Airfix B-25 cannot compare to. I also learned a lot of new skills and have already started applying what I have learned on my latest build. Please visit the WIP thread if you are interested in the build details. This is a B-25H Mitchell of the 12th BG, 82nd BS based in India 1944. This is surely a Mitchell that has not been built a lot. I did end up finding proof that this B-25 existed, though no proof of what it looked like (which also means no proof that this is NOT what it looked like ) I hope you enjoy looking at these.
  24. With the 2015 show just around the corner I thought I better pull my finger out and post some of my 2014 shots! More of the wings can be found here: http://www.hanger51.org/airshows/2014/dunsfold-wings-and-wheels/ And all of the wheels here: http://www.hanger51.org/the-garage/dunsfold-wings-wheels-2014/ Hunter XL577 by tony_inkster, on Flickr Canberra PR.9 XH134 by tony_inkster, on Flickr P-51 Mustang by tony_inkster, on Flickr Spit & Stang by tony_inkster, on Flickr D-Day flypast by tony_inkster, on Flickr Great War Display Team by tony_inkster, on Flickr Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation B-25 by tony_inkster, on Flickr Vera by tony_inkster, on Flickr Lancaster summer by tony_inkster, on Flickr Gnat G-RORI (XR538) by tony_inkster, on Flickr Dogfighting Vulcan style by tony_inkster, on Flickr Breitling Wing Walkers by tony_inkster, on Flickr
  25. Hi all, I am considering building a B-25 Mitchell and would like to finish it as an aircraft that was based in either North Africa or the Mediterranean. Whilst looking through my references and trawling the internet I keep coming across profiles of aircraft which are painted in a disruptive upper surface camo of sand and green which I really like, the only problem is that I cannot find a single photograph to back any of these schemes up and I don't want to build something in a spurious scheme. I was wondering if any of you could either point me in the right direction or disprove these schemes once and for all, either way I will be happy as there are other schemes I could use. Thanks in advance. Craig.
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