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1/48th Monogram B-25H Mitchell, 82nd BS, 12th BG, USAAF, Mediterranean & Italy 1943/44 & India 1944-45/45


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Hiya Folks,...here is my 1/48th scale Monogram B-25H built for the B-25 Mitchell Group Build. It wears the markings of the 82nd Bomb Sqn, 12th Bomb Group which served in the Mediterranean theatre during 1943 and into 1944, during which time it served on anti shipping sorties and helped support the British invasion of Kos in the Aegean. Early in 1944 the Bomb Group left Foggia in Italy when it transferred to the 10th Air Force in India where it remained until the end of the war.

Most of the decals for the model came from the decal sheet `Dragons and Tigers and Girls,..Oh My" from Albatros Modelworks,...... although apart from the eyes, the face on the nose was hand  painted,..... apart from the eyes, which were overpainted with a duller yellow, brighter blue and with added blue eyebrows, as per the original! The upper surfaces of the model were spray painted using a Tamiya rattle Can of USAAF Olive Drab while the rest of the model and the varnish etc was brush painted.  As the model had raised panel detail I sanded thi away and re scribed the lines,.....which was more work than I`d anticipated and the plastic was quite hard too,....which also made it hard to sand the seams smooth too! For anybody interested,....here is a WIP to stop me prattling on,... which includes photos of the real aircraft!;

 

Here is the hand painted face;

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And here is the rest of the model;

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40757186095_b7ba59a33b_k.jpgDSCF3099_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr

40937693204_add42317a9_k.jpgDSCF3072_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr

41648040981_28c7f37f6b_k.jpgDSCF3076_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr

40937649854_b91b38cf35_k.jpgDSCF3091_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr

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41648042541_e846e81420_k.jpgDSCF3075_NEW by Tony OToole, on Flickr

 

Cheers,

          Tony

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Lovely job. 

 

The recoil must have shaved a few knots off the airspeed when the 75mm went off.

 

Pete

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Another beaut Tony. Had this kit 25 years ago but made a mess of it unfortunately. I'm puzzled by one tning though: why are there gun packs on one side of the fuselage but not on the other?

 

Justin

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Doggone it, Tony- save some for the rest of us! Beautiful B-25! Do you have a 1 to 1 scale hangar to store all of your finished projects? Thanks for sharing all of the photos, too!

Mike

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Cheers everybody,.... glad you like it!

On 5/2/2018 at 9:18 PM, Bedders said:

Another beaut Tony. Had this kit 25 years ago but made a mess of it unfortunately. I'm puzzled by one tning though: why are there gun packs on one side of the fuselage but not on the other?

 

Justin

Thanks Justin,....Not sure about the gun packs but I have a feeling that it might have something to do with the pilot being seated on this side (the B-25H was single pilot only) or to do with the drag on that side when firing the huge 75mm gun,.. maybe the added 50 cal`s dragged the nose across,... or there was no room for the ammo inside the fuselage due to the 75mm gun? I`ve looked into it but to no avail,.... but it was a very common fit.

 

On 5/2/2018 at 10:44 PM, Thud4444 said:

Nice build.  Any trouble spots in the build?

Cheers,.... Trouble? No not really,..... I`ve flagged up a few things in the WIP,..... the main problem was the hard (armour plated?) plastic which didn`t like being sanded ithout opening up the seam lines. 

 

On 5/3/2018 at 12:06 AM, 72modeler said:

Doggone it, Tony- save some for the rest of us! Beautiful B-25! Do you have a 1 to 1 scale hangar to store all of your finished projects? Thanks for sharing all of the photos, too!

Mike

Sorry Mike,..... got a bit carried away as usual!!! I wish I did have a hangar,..... or somewhere,..... but I`ve run out of room in my little house! 

 

On 5/3/2018 at 12:17 AM, Learstang said:

Tony, you are a Mitchell-making machine! Another brilliant one!

 

Regards,

 

Jason

Mitchell making machine,..... haha,..... no just a glutton for punishment haha!!! 

 

On 5/3/2018 at 3:11 AM, stevehnz said:

Beautiful job Tony, your home spun version of that nose art is a bit blooming good. :)

Steve.

Cheers Steve,..... it was a very close run thing with the artwork,...... it almost didn`t happen and I think I just about winged it! 

 

All the best

               Tony

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