It would be really nice if someone could help me out here:
I was never very interested in the american bombers of WWII other than the B-17 so i know next to nothing about those planes.
But the B-25 caught my eye lately. I love how they look in NMF! Now I want to build one. I did some research on the available kits and didn't find anything else than the Revellogram and The Accurate Miniatures kits in 1/48. I am thinking of buying the AM kit, but I need some info on the plane first. So here are my questions:
1) Were there any B-25 of the B, C or D model in NMF or USN paint scheme?
2) Are there any decals for such a bird in 1/48?
3) Can you guys please post some pics of B-25s with nice nose arts?
4) what version is this one?
If there was no B-25 of said models with NMF or nice nose-art, I'll just go ahead and buy the Revell kit (I found some nice looking B-25J) as it is the only 1/48 kit of a J model.
Some questions on the kits too:
Has anyone built one of mentioned kits?
I found out that Acedemy makes a kit of the B-25G as well. (reboxed AM kit) Are all the parts to build a B-25 with glass nose included like in the old AM kit?
I hope someone takes the time to answer all my (stupid) questions.
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From what I've gathered, the Revell kit is actually quite nice, and probably one of the best. This is one of the few vintage bomber big birds from the Revell the collection that I actually do not have in the collection, so I can't speak for certain, but I have seen some of them built up very well. As far as nose art, if you're looking for cool designs, there's a company that sells a lot of their stuff through spruebrothers.com that has some awesome vintage bomber decal sets that include nice nose arts. I can't recall the name, but if you go onto SB and do a search for B-25 decals, you're sure to find them. They also do tons of cool work for the B-17's and 24's as well. I picked up one of their sheets for the 17G, which I hope to get finished one day.
You'll hear some people say that the molds are old for the Revell big bombers, but to me that says a lot to still be around making money these days. They're great looking planes.
Thank you very much!
I'll have a look at spruebrothers.
I'm going to have to disagree with scapilot about the Revell B-25 kit. It suffers from poor fit, especially at the engine nacelles. Not to mention awkwardly placed ejector pin marks, poorly molded interior detail, etc. The Accurate Miniatures kit is much better.
Of course, a skilled modeler can build up any poor kit quite well. But until I gain those skills, I'd rather build another AM kit than the Revell.
By the way, the pic you posted is Yankee Warrior, a D model. If you want to see nose art, just do a Google image search for "b-25 nose art."
You can find the B-25 in Navy colors as the PBJ. Actually, a very attractive scheme for the Mitchell. One caution on the research end, the wartime B-25s had individual exhaust stacks all around the cowl, and I believe all the kits out there are correct in this regard. If you look at a currently flying -25's, you will see stacks on the inboard and a collector ring with single stack outboard. Most of these airplanes were converted after the war to the TB-25N configuration.
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I've built both the AM and Revell Mitchells and have the Hasegawa 1/72 in the stash. The AM (Also reboxed by Italeri) allow you to build early Mitchells, including the Doolittle raider, C, D, and G Models. I personally love the AM kits. They're really something to put together. Not knocking the Revell offering, but I just think the AM builds better. That opinion is certainly open to debate, but just my $.02. In the box alone you get enough options to build just about every version of the early Mitchell.
With regards to nose art, some of the early C and D model strafers carry some interesting paint jobs. Dirty Dora is one that AM offers, and even includes the painting masks. There are an assortment of after market decals out there for the Mitchell. I think Kits World offers some neat nose art for H and J models and a quick e-Bay search should yield some options for the B model.
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Thank you guys!
I've ordered the AM kit today. (actually Academy's reboxed G model) I should be able to build a D model with it if I remenber correctly.
The guy at my local Hobby shop who makes custom decals is back again! (he was ill for about a month)
That means I can get some decals for "Yankee Warrior" I just have to find some nice photos of ist nose-art and print them out as big as possible. Then he should be able to print out some decals for it!
Found this looking for PBJ's.
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Thank you very much wayne.
Really nice pictures, I suppose the PBJs were built like the B-25s?
That blue color scheme looks really nice as well, I might try painting my Mitchell like this, if it's not possible to print those decals for the "Yankee Warrior"
I've got both of them, the AM kit comes with nose weights but ive been told that the cowls are wrong (no biggie for me) the monogram b-25j comes with decals for a nmf version from the 12th af btw, there's TONS! of decals on squadron.com and ive never had any fitment problems. PBJ version paint schemes can be seen in squadron books "us navy aircraft camouflage and markings 1940-1945" also available from squadron.
hope this helps
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Thank you, Dave!
I've already decided on the subject of my B-25 build. It's going to be "Yankee Warrior". (the one i posted above)
I've already ordered the Academy kit and I hope there are all parts for a D model included. It wont arrive untill end of June though...
Any big pics of the nose art of this bird would be helpful, as the guy who helps me to make some decals (Wolfgang) needs them printed out in A-4 size to do so.
That's a great site on PBJ's. I was all set to do an Italeri B-25 as a C or D gun nosed strafer as my next project. You've reminded me of how pretty the PBJ's in the tri-color scheme were. Decisions, decisions...
I also like your tag line. Me too.
I just had a closer look at that website...
There are really nice illustrations of the Mitchell.
Thank you very much for your help, guys!
Did you know that the Yankee Air Museum is working on purchasing a portion of the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant for the museum?
Thats really interesting, didn't know that.
I wont be able to go to the Yankee Air Museum though, as I live in Austria and don't have any opportunity to travel to the states at the moment...