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Revell's B-25J Mitchell "Jaunty Jo" in 1/48 scale

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Revell's B-25J Mitchell "Jaunty Jo" in 1/48 scale
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, May 25, 2003 7:02 PM
Hello again. I just purchased Revell/Monogram's B-25J Mitchell in 1/48 scale. It looks pretty good, and I've only started to paint the interior. I was wondering if anyone who has built this kit could give me a few pointers on how to build it? it would be greatly appreciated!

Lancaster_Lover

Cool [8D] Bandit's!! 12 O'Clock High!!!
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    February 2003
  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Sunday, May 25, 2003 7:54 PM
Whaz up Lancaster Lover,
First off you use glue and watch out for the new # 11 blade(ouch) and .......LOLTongue [:P] Just kidding ya Big Smile [:D]
I built the 25 about 8 yrs ago and from what I remember it was not that bad of a kit to assemble.
I just remember the main landing gear being a lil weak(tending to want to bow out just a tad bit). Also the greenhouse I had to clean up inorder to get the shape of the nose where the glass matted.
Decals are typical Monogram but overall it was fun to build.
There might have been more to the building process but this is what stands out in my mind.
Flaps up,Mike

  If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Iowa- USA
Posted by toadwbg on Sunday, May 25, 2003 8:19 PM
I bult this kit about 10-12 years ago. A fun kit I remember.

Here's some tips I remember:
Airbrush the sub-assembled interior the proper color (Interior Green), it saves a lot of time over hand brushing.

The seam resulting from the left and right fusalage halves can be difcult to eliminate. Take patience and care and reinforce it from the inside with Superglue.

Leave the wings and rear verticle stabilizer's off the main body as a sub-assembly. After painting is done, assemble to the main body. Fill any gaps with superglue and than White (Elmer's glue). touch-up the paint.

I don't remember if the tail wheel is a seprate peice or not, but leave it off to last if possible.

"I love modeling- it keeps me in the cool, dark, and damp basement where I belong" Current Projects: 1/48th Hasegawa F-14D- 25% 1/48th Tamiya Spitfire- 25%
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    February 2003
  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Sunday, May 25, 2003 8:38 PM
If I remember correctly, the main landing and nose gear are installed when the halfs go together(at least the front one for sure).
DUH silly me how could I forget about the painting processTongue [:P]. Thanks for reminding me toadwbg. You da man..!!
Flaps up,Mike

  If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Pominville, NY
Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Sunday, May 25, 2003 8:57 PM
Built one of these many moons ago for a "client". Toad makes valid points on filling the seams and gaps, especially on the fuselage.

Also, his idea for leaving the wings and vertical fins off until the last is most recommended. Painting is oh-so-much easier that way.

I solved the problem of the nose gear by a bit of surgery. I cut the gear strut and installed tubing into the well so I could re-install the gear after painting.

It's really a nice kit, I've built one, as I said, and have started two others. I had nuthin' but fun with each one of them. It's a shame that the cockpit won't be easily seen when the thing's finished. Lookes really nice painted up, even if it done SOB. (Straight Outta-da Box)

Fade to Black...
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 26, 2003 6:38 PM
Thanks A lot for the great tips! They Will come in real handy!

Lancaster_lover
Bandits!! 12 O'Clock High!!!
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Mexico
Posted by mandrake on Monday, May 26, 2003 10:05 PM

i have built that model twice and is a pretty good model, pretty easy and fits pretty well, i would tell you to take care of the wings, you may have to reinforce the two flaps that serve as a support of the wings, ad a weight in the nose so that the plane can stand on its landing gear insted of the rear ladder.... i think that would be all, if you need anything else let me know, theres a pic of a similar plane in www.airliners.net, may help also, look for it!
Thanks! My Best Regards Hector Reymundo
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: West Des Moines, IA USA
Posted by jridge on Monday, May 26, 2003 10:56 PM
I built this kit this winter. The fuselage and engine nacelle fit was really bad on mine. I lost so many panel lines I finally sanded them all off. It was that or a yard dart.... The advise about leaving the wings and vertical tail fins off is right on. Use Terry Dean nose weights (search on www.google.com) to ensure you don't end up with a tail sitter. Watch the decals, they are old and brittle.

With all this, it's a really good looking model when done.

Good luck.
Jim The fate of the Chambermaid http://30thbg.1hwy.com/38thBS.html
  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Lafayette, LA
Posted by Melgyver on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 9:27 PM
I had started on the kit years ago and noticed the "weak" main gear due to their length. I made a triangle support out of some .40 sheet plastic and glued it to the bottom of the wing and the pointed end to the strut just above the area it sticks through the nacelles. You can't see it through the small opening anyway. No "weeble, wobble, lead or lag! The tubing in the nose for the nose gear was an excelent idea! Maybe I'll finish it one of these days! I planned on 1.5 volt electric motors behind the engine fronts to motorize it and it still need a little weight in the nose. I put it behind the instrument panel and nose bulkhead. You could put it in the crawl way too since you would be able to look through it anyway. I think I have bought a couple of each realease through the years. Still have a couple of the H models, or were they G's.

Clear Left!

Mel

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