B-24 J, ‘Cocktail Hour’, 43rd Bomb Group 64th Bomb Squadron
This time I would like to present my latest build: B-24 J ‘Cocktail Hour’.
The kit is the 1/72 Hasegawa B-24J build straight from the box.
Regarding the kit (the full review is available on this link:
I found it difficult to make. Especially for the ballasting of the nose, I added as much as I could fishing sinkers to make sure she will be standing on her legs and not on her…tail…I found very poor details inside the fuselage, cockpit, gunners positions, bombs bay; hopefully those cannot be seen when assembled.
For the fitting, no surprise! It’s a Hasegawa, every piece assembled smoothly except the nose section which is completely separated from the rest of the aircraft. Thanks to this lady painted on it, it’s hard to see the seams.
About the paint, it was as usual enamel paint from Revell (R90), Humbrol for the anti-shading (H155), and Humbrol 226 for the interior.
Concerning the decal I was really amazed by their quality since it’s not a brand new kit. All of them slipped smoothly on the kit without breaking.
About the plane:
I unfortunately couldn’t find a lot of information. The nose art was painted by S/Sgt Sarkis E. BARTIGIAN (creator from: ‘The Dragon and his Tail) based on Le Shima during WWII.
During the build, I could make out that the kit had a lot of discrepancies with the real plane. The biggest one was the ball turret which was not present in 1945 but single gun was used instead on the ‘flat’ belly of the aircraft. The windows were not corresponding as well: the tunnel accessing the tail gunner position was way ahead of the actual kit.
For the crew, I could only find the pilot of this Lady: Lt. Raymond Plank the famous businessman.
I really enjoy building this model although she made me sweat at some point. And I learned a lot about the B-24; for instance, I didn’t know that the ball turret was retractable, did you? That the B-24 had much higher performance comparing to my favourite airplane, the B-17. That this plane was the most built bomber during WWII…
Hope you enjoy and don’t hesitate to leave comment.
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