Revell 1/48 B-25B Mitchell
“Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” was a favorite movie (and book). Who could ever forget Van Johnson and the “Ruptured Duck”. And so it was with me, when back in 1979, I built this BIG 1/48 rendition of one of my favorite (at that time) aircraft, and probably the most famous B-25 ever. (I made my own nose art)
Recently, I attended a Gatormodelers meeting, whose program included the “Doolittle Raid”. I cleaned up this old model for two reasons. 1) to participate in the program, 2) to show an example of what modeling was like for me, pre-club, magazines, internet, etc. There was no filling, sanding or airbrushing, and very little reference to go by. Most the decals are gone because I knew nothing about applying them to a flat surface. This was/is the result. I’m showing it here for the same reason.
Also at the meeting was an “in progress” Accurate Miniatures B-25-B, with all the bells and whistles. It showed how far rhe models themselves, had come. Considering it’s age, buttoned up, the old Revell still holds it own, with a little work. All that beautiful interior detail of the AM model is lost when the two fuselage halves come together. Of course the engraved panel ines of the AM hard difficult to duplicate, but we’re talking 40+ years and 4X the cost. In between the two eras we still have the Monogram lineup, which also builds into a decent model, at a moderate cost.
I hope you enjoy another trip down memory lane, and can appreciate how far we’ve come., both in our skills and in the quality of models we have available to us today.
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.