Hasegawa 1/72 B-25J Mitchell




3200 yen (about $27) at Hobby Link Japan


3 aircraft


Scott Van Aken


A real beauty


The B-25 Mitchell is arguably the best medium bomber of the war. I say arguably as there are folks who have their own preferences, but one thing for sure, it served on all fronts and in rather large numbers from the beginning of the war until the end.

The J version was one of the last large, mass produced variants of the Mitchell and it was this sub-type that was most often modified and used post-war. The vast majority of extant B-25s are J models or derivatives.



When I first opened up the box on this kit and started taking a look at the parts, I though 'Accurate Miniatures'. The more I looked at the kit and sprues and instructions, the more positive I became that is is basically a shrunk down Accurate Miniatures B-25. Of course, there are differences, such as the fuselage being a later version of the Mitchell, but there is a huge amount of AM in this kit. The way the wings are done, the horizontal stab, the gun turret, the interior are all just like on the Accurate Miniatures kit. It leaves me wondering if I'll have the same building experience.

Once I got over the surprise, I was pretty pleased with things. I've built a couple AM B-25s so know how things go together. As you might expect, detailing is outstanding with all the interior bits and pieces and all the outside panel lines just in the right place. In the cockpit, the seat belts are molded on the seats (a first for Hasegawa, I do believe) and all the instruments are decals. The kit also lacks the cockpit sidewall detail that AM supplied, probably due to lack of space.

There is a full bomb bay and it will be interesting to see if the bay doors can be built closed or not. The cowling will require little pieces of ejector stub to be glued on, and that was one area I'd hoped Hasegawa would have made a modification. It will be interesting to see if the cowling shape has been modified or not. Though a pair of different gun noses have been provided, only one is used on the three markings options. No info on supplying nose weight is provided as the kit offers a small support for the rear crew entry door. Markings are provided for three planes. Two are in OD over neutral grey while the third is a bit different.

First is 'Jaunty Jo' of the 498 BS in late 1944. It is the plane on the box art. It has white wing tips and yellow cowling fronts. Also from the 498th is 'Miss B Havin' in similar markings to the first and shown in formation on the box art. The third is 'Bottoms Up' from the 486th BS. It has very odd colors. It is overall natural metal with engine cowlings and tailplanes in yellow zinc chromate. The outer fins are Olive Drab. I find it hard to believe that the fabric elevators would be in yellow primer. The aft parts of the engine nacelles and forward cowling are in white. Decals are typical Hasegawa in that they are thick, a bit transparent and the white is actually ivory. I'm sure there will be lots of aftermarket for this kit, but for now one has to use what is provided in the it.


You know, Accurate Miniatures said they'd not develop any 1/72 models from their kits. Perhaps Hasegawa will be doing it for them! :o)

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