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Marshall Blythe
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Accurate Miniatures 1/48 PBJ-1D Mitchell: VMB-433, Solomon Islands, 1944

May 13, 2024 · in Aviation · · 18 · 455

This was sitting in my stash for many years before I decided to get started on it last year. I was driven to action after my son in the USMC sent me some photos of the in the SoCal CAF collection. Mitchells look good in blue!

I used CMK resin wheels and Vector resin cowlings with the open cowl flaps. The belly radome is from Lone Star Resin, and I made the wire antennas with EZ Line. The propeller placards and the scoreboard markings came from the kit decals, and I made the tiny stencils on the vertical stabilizers using clear decal film and an inkjet printer. All other marking are painted. Thank goodness most PBJ's carried rather sparse markings. The main camouflage colors were painted with Mr. Color lacquers. Weathering was done with artists oils and dry pigments.

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  1. What a wonderful entry to iModeler, Marschell @crowtrobot
    Welcome to this great community.
    I do agree with you that this blue Mitchell does look great. Your paintwork and weathering definitely contributed to that.
    Well done.

  2. Great job, Marshall. Welcome to iModeler.

  3. this is spectacular work...a class above to aspire to. How long did it take you?

  4. Excellent work Marshall, truly excellent. I agree with you, the Mitchell looks beautiful in blue and I have one in mind for a future build using the Airfix kit. Welcome to Imodeler and thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow, absolutely gorgeous build, looks fantastic! Incredible weathering, both subtle and realistic.

  6. Great build & finish of a fine AM kit.

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    Walt said on May 13, 2024

    Absolutely stunning build Marshall, @crowtrobot. I love the scheme and your execution of it along with the weathering. A beautiful all around build, of a good but challenging kit.

  8. Beautiful build! I've always liked the Mitchell in blue. Great paintwork and weathering.

  9. Fantastic job, Marshall!
    Welcome aboard!

  10. Excellent work!

  11. Very nice work on this, particularly the research that got it right, leading to superb result.

    Welcome to iModeler, as the rest have said. The best model club on the planet.

  12. What a spectacular way to introduce to the iModeler community! That is a beauty - the paintwork and weathering are fantastic - I just wish there was a little more light on the photos! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work...

  13. That’s really well done. Realistic exhaust stains. Welcome to imodeler!

  14. An exceptional build and weathering. Very nice Marshall.

  15. All of the above. great looking Marine Mitchell!

  16. Marshall Blythe (@crowtrobot)
    I'm going to chime in here and echo what was stated above... This is one of the very best Mitchells that I have ever seen built. They look great in the Naval colors.

    Welcome to Imodeler.

  17. G’day Marshall (@crowtrobot),
    You have picked an unusual scheme that will stand out amongst the usual OD and NM birds.

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