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Revell / Hasegawa 1/72 scale
B-25J Mitchell

by Chris Wauchop

 

North American B-25J Mitchell

images by Brett Green


Revell's 1/72 scale B-25J is available online from Squadron.com

 

Construction

 

This is Revell's 1/72 scale North American B-25J Mitchell. The kit is a re-box of Hasegawa's excellent kit.

Construction was completely straightforward with almost perfect fit of all parts.

 

 

A few enhancements and extras were made:

  • small antenna masts rear of cockpit were fabricated from brass wire

  • ventral aerial masts under the nose were added from brass wire

  • aerial wire between these masts was cut from a spool of cross hair wire (thanks to Al Bowie)

  • the radio mast opposite was made from scrap photo-etched brass.

  • the thick kit main gear doors were replaced with new parts cut from plasticard

  • gear door straps and main gear hydraulic lines were formed from fine wire

 

 

  • flat spots were sanded onto the bottom of the tyres

  • the booting for the tail gun was replaced with Milliput

  • the ends of all gun barrels and the pitot tube were hollowed out using a new scalpel blade

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

All paint was applied with the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush fitted with the fine tan-coloured tip.

The kit includes the markings and colour scheme used on this aircraft. It is a bit of a shame that the wolf's head has such a prominent black outline, and that the white outer-outline is slightly out of register.

Paints used were Gunze Sangyo H53 Neutral Grey on the lower surfaces, H52 Olive Drab (1) and patches of H304 Olive Drab in places.

 

 

Panel lines were highlighted with Tamiya XF-62 Olive Drab.

The interior was painted Gunze H58 Interior Green.

Exhaust stains, gun dust etc were a 50/50 mix of Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black and XF-64 Red Brown, thinned with 90% alcohol.

Paint chipping was done with a very sharp Prismacolour Silver Pencil.

A very thin wash of Tamiya X-18 Semi-Gloss Black was brushed around the canopy framing.

 

 

Kit decals were applied using Gunze Sangyo, Mr Mark Setter and Mr Mark Softer. They performed flawlessly.

 

 

Additional Images

 

Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images:

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Model and Text Copyright 2007 by Chris Wauchop
Images Copyright 2007 by Brett Green 
Page Created 11 February, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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