Hey Fellow iModeler Movie Modelers, Gary here, checking in at the theater from Williamsport, PA.
My invitation to Davids movie group couldn’t have been better timed. About two months ago I completed two Accurate Miniatures B-25B’s in the markings of The Ruptured Duck and Col. Doolittle’s ships to complete my personal display of the Doolittle Raid.
My display is based around the book, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, authored by Doolittle Raider, Capt. Ted Lawson but fits in well with the movie, because the movie was based on the book.
Here’s my contribution…. Roll Em!
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The MGM movie, released in 1944, is directed by Mervyn LeRoy, stars Spencer Tracy, as Lt. Col. James Doolittle and Van Johnson, as Capt. Ted Lawson and also includes Robert Mitchum. A mix of studio and real footage is used throughout the production. Given its release date, it does have some obvious propaganda overtones but faithfully tells the story of these American Heroes and the Doolittle Raid. The movie won the 1945 Oscar for Best Special Effects…..and imagine no CGI was used.
The U.S.S. Hornet was completed in 1988 and the Mitchells were completed in May of 2018. An inconsistency you will notice between ship and aircraft models is the deck colors. When completing the the B-25’s, my research showed the Hornet had the blue decks, so I modeled these decks with the blue color and back in 1988 I used a more natural wood color on the Hornet.
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Lt. Col James Doolitlle’s aircraft:
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Capt. Ted Lawson’s aircraft:
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And the James Dietz print “Early Launch, rounds out my Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo display.
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I hope everyone enjoys my first, and hopefully not last, contribution to the Movie Group.
So until the next flick rolls….Keep it Fun, and for Tom….Keep it Weird!