1/48th Monogram B-25J as USMC PBJ-1J
December 11, 2013 in Aviation
Here’s one that I completed about a year ago and wanted to share with the group. The kit was the fine ole Monogram 1/48th B-25J. When originally issued, it was pretty much a ‘state of the art’ model. By today’s standards, it’s still a pretty nice basic kit that can be built to a fairly nice model with some after market parts and a lot of TLC. My PBJ-1J build included the wing mounted resin radome from Mike West and Lone Star Models, True Details wheels with some of the extreme bulge cut and sanded off and the Eduard B-25J color cockpit detail. The decals were pieced together from my decal stash box. The finish of the PBJ-1J was airbrushed with Model Master enamel paint using dark sea blue (lightened just a bit), intermediate blue and neutral gray. The reason for using neutral gray rather than white on the bottom of the tri-color finish was that the B-25 Mitchell bombers that were transferred into USMC service were factory painted in OD over gray. When the Marines got them, many were left with the gray bottom and had the dark sea blue and intermediate blue paint applied to save time and material.
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