Lifelike 72-039: North American B-25 Mitchell Pt 1
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Scott Van Aken

Every new LifeLike decal set is a real treat and this one is no exception. Long overdue for B-25 modelers is this first of several sheets covering this aircraft. This initial offering provides five options, four of the late war in the Pacific.

The initial option is a B-25C from the 405 BS/38 BG. 'The Tokyo Sleeper' was based at Nadzab New Guinea in early 1944. This green tail tipped plane had dark blue forward engine cowlings. It was modified as a gun ship and had the side packs installed.

Second offering is a B-25J gunship from the 823rd BS/38 BG named 'Bugs Bunny'. THis one has green on the lower fin and red engine cowlings. It was based at Lingayan in the Philippines during July 1945

Number 3 is the last of the OD over neutral grey planes. This B-25J gunship was 'Estrallita' with the 71 BSS/38 BG based at Lingayan in the Philippines during June 1945. Red forward cowlings and a yellow fin tip.

The first bare metal B-25j is this unnamed plane from the 822 BS/38 BG. It has blue on the forward cowling and the lower fin in yellow. Note that it has a replacement rudder. It was based at Morotai in August 1945

Finally, a B-25D that has been converted into a hack for the 38th BG. All the armament has been removed and plated over. 'Hardships 2nd' is shown when based at Clark Field in June 1945.

Lifelike's research is second to none and a lot of information on each plane is provided so be sure to read it. The decals themselves are superbly printed by Microscale so will work with your standard setting solutions. When it comes to kits, the Airfix B-25C/D and the Hasegawa B-25J offerings are those recommended. I guess you could use the Italeri kit for the early Mitchell as well, but these are designed for the two kits I mentioned.

This is a great sheet and one thing I can tell you is the LifeLike sheets tend to sell out rather quickly

August 2019

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