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R/M 1/48th B-25 Mitchell

September 20, 2015 in Aviation

I half-heartedly attempted to convert this into a generic Marine/Navy version of the PBJ, seein’s’ how I didn’t have one. The kit presented little problems in itself, any ‘problems’ were (as always) self-inflicted. I did absolutely no weathering – not even exhaust stains (don’t ask me why….I have no good reason)….I didn’t even apply national insignia on the bottom of the wing(s) nor attach antennas. Blame apathy. I probably shouldn’t have even posted it among all the previous outstanding contributions lately, but I haven’t been “at the bench” in sooooooo long, I threw caution to the wind. LOL Next up on the hit parade should take quite a bit longer I would imagine – the Apache ‘Longbow” (never did one before….this time I’ll HAVE to read the instructions). 🙁

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24 responses to R/M 1/48th B-25 Mitchell

  1. I didn’t know the Navy/Marines had the cannon ‘J’, the Army used it for flak suppression, firing the 75’s in a salvo, using timed explosions to spread shrapnel in front of the strafers. The 75 was schemed as an anti ship weapon, but was really too small to do much to a ship, with the development of skip bombing, B-25’s really could clobber shipping.

    • You may be right. This “cannon version” nose was the only option available in the kit (there was no glass nose included). I didn’t research the possibilities of which branch employed which version(s). As I’ve stated previously, I build for enjoyment rather than ‘authenticity’. This may be completely inaccurate (but I don’t care). Thanks for the input however – always open to any/all comments.

  2. Beautiful Craig. I have this kit in the Academy re-release of the Ac Min kit. This scheme looks splendid on a B-25. I have seen it in white and standard OD for a unit that tested this type in Florida. The Academy kit provides decals for the latter. I have seen some nice nose art for this type of B-25. Well done Craig. I like this one!!!

    • Thank you, Morne…I may have taken liberties in the accuracy department, but I had fun dressing it up the way I wanted.

    • Morne, that’s the AAF sea search scheme. In early 1942 German subs were sinking a lot of shipping along the East Coast here, so the Army had several squadrons up and down the coast doing anitsub missions.
      They determined (like the Navy) that white undersides (take a look at a seagull) worked well to mask an aircraft at low level over the sea.
      Dana Bells book Air Force Colors #1 (Squadron/Signal) has a series of photos showing the evolution of the search for the scheme. I first saw the one you’re talking about in Harleyfords Camouflage & Markings -1954 (!) a looong time ago. It’s a neat, obscure scheme.

      • Correction- the Dana Bell book is Volume 2. Pages 22-26.

        • Thanks Bernard. I found some nice b/w pics of the anti-sub sharkmouth B-25. It’s a nice scheme. However, I would love to build a Pacific theatre bird with nice nose art. I have seen a very nice decal sheet on the web ages ago with the head of a Tiger on the nose. That would be the one I want to build. Now if ONLY I can find that decal sheet for sale.:-)

  3. Craig, the Marines had at least one squadron of the cannon version in the SWPA, it’s a 600 numbered squadron, and has its own webpage, saw it recently. I think out of Kwajalein, and at the end of the war, they put their sircraft into the lagoon.
    I hear that when the cannon was fired, the plane lost speed, and that it popped rivets, as well. Being a cannoneer on one wouldn’t have been a whole lot of fun. Crouched in the nosewell area of a manouvering aircraft, with flak tinkling on the airframe, whilst horsing a cannon shell into the breach! Sign me up!
    Thinking slow rate of fire mit der kanone, and not the famous “one pass and haul a–” , plus, in the Pacific, worthwhile targets for the cannon got scarce.
    Some outfits actually pulled the cannon, and put 2 .50 cals in the space, adding to the 4 in the nose, and any package guns. You could really talk to a crowd!

  4. I’m with you – I want a Mitchell in the PBJ version also, and finally got one in my stash. The B-25 is just such a pleasing aircraft to the eye, and building the various versions is a good excuse to fill the shelf with them!

    Nice work on this one. I’m with you – sometimes just want to get it done and off the bench!

  5. Recently I begin to like these old monogram kits a lot. Honest builds and they need those good old modeling skills to make something different and You feel that 🙂 the brand new “über kits” have not this type of built-in entertainment 🙂 Nice bird!

  6. well i like it…nice job…and the navy used it…but quit being such a hack and put all the parts on it

  7. Nice job, Craig. The Monogram B-25 look great your is one of those, good job 🙂

  8. Nice job Craig, it always looks good in blue.

  9. Nice work, Craig. How much filler did it consume? I’ve always shied away from building one of those out of fear that it may be a putty monster.

    • I didn’t use ANY filler/putty – practically never DO. I’m quite sure there are those who made an effort to “build it better”, but I just wanted it done. In any event, I didn’t see where a lot of putty would’ve been necessary anyhow. Thanks for the reply, John.

  10. Yet another neat looking model with a good paint finish from you, Craig, and it’s such a nice looking plane as well, glad you enjoyed building it, and thanks for sharing it with us.

  11. Nice work Craig-I love those bombers in blue!

  12. Really beautiful model, Craig. I went last week-end to Sanicole/spotterday air-show in Kleine Brogel (Belgium). There was a B-25with a Spit in pretty good shape coming from Nederlands. You can see a video here (B25 from 19th minuts):

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