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  1. Hi all and this is my latest finish built for the 'Radial Engines Rock' GB here on the forum. The kit is by Italeri in 1/72 and is the B-25B S/N 02344 of the 17th Bomb Group, US Army Air Corps. This was the first aircraft to launch from the USS Hornet in 1942 on what was known as the Doolittle Raid (also known as the Tokyo Raid). This year marked the 75th anniversary of the mission. The crew were Pilot: Lt Col. James Doolittle, Co-Pilot: Lt Richard Cole; Navigator: Lt Henry Potter; Bombardier: Sgt Fred Braemer; Engineer/Gunner: Sgt Paul Leonard I know many of us have heard about this mission but I think it's up there with the most brave of them in WW2 - flying 16 bombers this size off an aircraft carrier (first time for most if not all) on what was essentially a one-way trip but which ultimately drew out the Japanese Navy into a battle later that year at Midway... The full build thread is here but to recap: Kit: Italeri B-25B No. 123 Build: Mostly OOB but added a new seat for bombardier Decals: From the kit Paints: Revell Acrylics, Klear, Flory Models Wash, W&N Matt Coat, all with a paintbrush. 2B pencil for the raised panel lines. Extras: As much weight as would fit in the engine nacelles, under & behind the cockpit and under the bombardier’s position. Stretched sprue for the fake tail guns. Thanks for looking! Cheers, Dermot Italeri B-25B Doolittle Raider_13 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri B-25B Doolittle Raider_3 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri B-25B Doolittle Raider_11 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri B-25B Doolittle Raider_2 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri B-25B Doolittle Raider_9 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri B-25B Doolittle Raider_4 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr Italeri B-25B Doolittle Raider_14 by Dermot Moriarty, on Flickr
  2. I don't know if this has been submitted before, but I have attached a link to some photos of the Doolittle Raid, including two photos of Edwin York's B-25B that landed in Vladivostok due to low fuel. IIRC, this B-25 was assigned to a naval unit and used as a trainer. it was reportedly scrapped sometime in the 50's. If so, what a shame, as it would undoubtedly be one of the rarest and most famous WW2 bombers ever! There was an article, which I read but neglected to save, written by a Soviet aviation enthusiast, who researched the Mitchell and had facts about its internment and subsequent use. I thought, with the Airfix announcement of their new-tool B-25C/D, that this might be of interest to some of you. BTW, the sole surviving Doolittle Raider is Dick Cole, Doolittle's co-pilot on the raid, who will celebrate his 102nd birthday this year; Colonel Cole lives very near to me, in Comfort, TX. I have had the honor and privilege to have met and talked with him on two occasions, as he used to come to our local IPMS chapter, the Alamo Squadron, during our annual contest, to talk to entrants and spectators and sign autographs. A true gentleman, class act, and outstanding airman- we will not see his kind again, I fear. Mike https://forwhattheygave.com/2011/03/26/edward-j-york/
  3. Hello, does anyone know if this is an imminent release or one of those that been on the cards for years and is still no closer? In a similar vein, is there any truth to the rumour that HKM are planning to re-issue their glass nose B-25 kit? Thanks, Andrew
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