Monogram's 1/72 scale
Eddie "Grunticus" Wilson
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Sixty-three years ago today, a valiant band of American flyers under
the command of Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle dared the impossible
by flying their B-25 medium bombers from the deck of the USS Hornet to
avenge the attack on Pearl Harbor by bombing selected cities on the
Japanese home islands.
Though the bombing caused little actual physical damage, the Imperial
Japanese war machine was sufficiently shaken to cause their generals and
admirals to keep substantial assets based in Japan proper for defense.
As a result, these forces were not available for offensive operations
against Australia, New Guinea, and other objectives in the Central and
South Pacific regions.
I thought this would be an appropriate time to present my 1/72 scale
Monogram Snap-Tite B-25, finished in the colors of Jimmy Doolittle's
Despite its Snap-Tite design this is actually a pretty nice kit with
only a few minor but correctable errors. The worst of these is the
visibly-underscale dorsal turret. I addressed this problem by using the
turret from the equally good Snap-Tite B-26 Marauder. I also used the
engines and a few of the figures from that kit as well.
The only real problem came when correcting the nose landing gear
strut, where the fork for the wheel is canted to the rear. I also
substituted a Fujimi F-15 nosewheel since it had the fluted spokes
needed for the inner hub. a small disc of sheet styrene was used to make
a hub cover for the outer side.
It takes a lot of weight to keep models like these properly situated on
their wheels and this kit was no exception. I stuffed a half a box full
of lead fishing weights below the cockpit and behind the bulkhead, plus
glued a glass marble into each engine cowling. The windows in the aft
fuselage are merely marks on the plastic so these were drilled out and
filled with clear styrene. I used fishing line to rig up the "sloping V"
liaison radio antenna and the marker beacon aerial. I drilled some
dimples in the upper and lower wingtips and the vertical fins to
accommodate some red, green, and white MV lenses. these really liven up
an otherwise drab colored model.
Because so much of the panel detail was obliterated during the
assembly process I rescribed the entire model.
model was painted with standard Model Master enamels, specifically Olive
Drab for the top sides and neutral gray below.
The relatively nondescript markings are from various SuperScale
decals sheets and applied using the "MicroScale system".