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1/72 scale Hasegawa B-25J

February 27, 2015 in Aviation

Represent B-25J, 5th AF 498th BS
I always wanted to build one of Col. Kenney Air Apaches. The Hasegawa kit was perfect. It was fun to build, with the only big challenge was to get enough weight in the nose.
For the weight I took the gage panel and sunk it into a small cup of plaster, creating a mold. I waited until the plaster was about half dry and pushed the panel about an 1/8 inch down. I then poured some molten lead forming a weight. This of course was not enough, so I made another weight for inside the nose wheel compartment. This did the trick just enough.
For a reference, a good friend of mine lent me his book, Warpath Across the Pacific (A fantastic book /lots of pictures).
#028 was an actual airplane with the 498th, however the art work was my own creation. From what I could tell, this aircraft did survived the war.
If your counting that’s 11 of the 15 guns that can be aimed out the front.
Sounds like something right out of Apocalypse Now.

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15 responses to 1/72 scale Hasegawa B-25J

  1. Love it! My favoutite version of the Mitchell.

  2. Great model of one of my favourite aircraft, especially the Air Apaches markings. The finish is just right.

  3. This is a very nice looking Mitchell. Superb!!!!

  4. Very nice detail and weathering, Terry – good photography as well.

    • Thanks Craig. I have to admit this is one of my favorite models in my stash. If my house caught fire, this is one I’d probably grab. I got some photo tips from a friend, so I hope this is an improvement..

  5. HOORAY, Terry……great work on a fine kit.

  6. Hello Terry….That’s a fine build of a 1/72nd Mitchell…nice weathering and a good choice of markings. Very nicely done.

  7. Stunning Mitchel, great build ! The paint job with this very nice weathering
    came out perfect ! Well done, a good inspiration to dig out mine.

  8. Mitchell is one of my favorites. Great work on this – nice shading and detail.

  9. Very impressive clean build Terry, very nice finish!

  10. A very nice build Terry.
    Nice finishing too.
    Well done sir.

  11. I like the faded olive drab camo and panel lines washes. The chosen scheme is very good as well. Congrats…

  12. Terry,
    This is outstanding. You did. Masters job on this.

  13. Thank you, for all the nice comments, It means a lot,
    especially coming from fellow model dudes.

  14. Obviously a popular choice among the iModelers, well done, Terry, I agree with all of the above comments.

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