The Battle of Britain and
North American B-25J
converted to cinema camera ship for shooting of the movie, "The
Battle of Britain"
Revell-Monogram's 1/48 scale B-25J
is available online from Squadron.com
for less than $20.00
After watching the Movie Battle of Britain in the theatre (I stayed
for 3 straight showings the day it premiered in Seattle) it marked a
point where I became very interested in movie airplanes.
I found a book about the time the movie was released entitled Battle
of Britain, the Making of a Film, by Leonard Mosley, which covered the
production of the film. Amongst all the Spitfires, Hurricanes, "Heinkels",
and "Messerschmitts" was this very brightly colored aircraft with the
interesting nickname Psychedelic Monster. It was Jeff Hawke's B-25 and
was utilized as the camera ship for the production. I thought that a
model of the Monster would be really different.
Unfortunately, there was not enough information on the airplane at
the time and my intent to build the Monster was delayed until very
recently when I found another book about the production, Battle of
Britain, the Movie, by Robert Rudhall. There were considerably more
photos of the Monster, enough to allow me to build a model. So, 30 plus
years later I was finally able to start my own Monster.
I used the Monogram B-25 as my basis for the Psychedelic Monster.
It's an older, but decent kit.
The model was basically built out of the box except I removed the
armor panel from the sides of the nose under the cockpit and modified
the engine exhausts. \
The clear nose camera position was a vacuformed copy of the nacelle
end cap from the Polar Lights USS Enterprise star ship, attached to the
nose and faired in with styrene and putty. I also opened up the tail gun
position and added the wind deflector and extension from sheet styrene.
The upper blisters were from a Monogram B-29, as was the 2nd football
challenge for this model is the wild paint scheme. I assembled the model
but left the wings off to make painting easier(it was!). When I paint a
model, I just grab the closest color to the one I need off the paint
rack, this model included. I end up with a variety of paint types.
I painted the wings with Floquil white, Floquil yellow and Testor's
My choice of masking material is Tamiya tape, and to put it mildly, I
used a bunch!
The fuselage was painted with Model Master red, Tamiya white and
green, and Alclad II for the forward fuselage.
I had a friend create the movie logo on the nose in Illustrator and
he kindly printed me a set on his ALPS printer as well.
After the decals were applied I glued the wings to the fuselage.
Prior to painting I made sure that the fit was good enough so that no
putty would be required. It was not.
Due to the fragility of the landing gear (I broke the nose gear a few
times) I decided not to add weight to the nose, so I put a crewman at
the rear hatch and he is actually holding up the model.
The last bit of detailing I did was to lightly draw over the raised
panel lines with a sharp mechanical pencil, to bring some of the details
out. Also, when I posted a photo on HyperScale's Plastic Pix forum some
time ago, it was suggested that I add some exhaust streaks, which I did,
using pastel chalk.
It certainly adds a bit of color to my display case - and that's
putting it mildly!
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below to view larger images:
|B-25 Mitchell Units of the
Combat Aircraft 22
Author: Steve Pace
Illustrator: Jim Laurier
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
April 25, 2002
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841762849
Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2005 by Terry Moore
Page Created 16 May, 2005
Last Updated 15 May, 2005
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