B-25D Mitchell

Aircraft: North American B-25C Mitchell 41-29680, 77th Bomb Group, 'Slug', 'yellow 80', 'Tough luck pal, I have to kill you!' (nose art in Japanese characters), United States Army Air Force, Adak Island, autumn 1942, pilot unknown.

Reference: Cloe, J.H. 1992. The Aleutian Warriors: A History of the 11th Air Force & Fleet Air Wing 4. Missoula, Montana: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co. and Anchorage Chapter, Air Force Association.

Kit: Accurate Miniatures #0030, 1/48.

Accessories/modifications: Eduard etched brass engine and cockpit detail, Scale Aircraft Conversions landing gear, True Details wheels&tires, scratch built nose radar antenna, cowlings opened 2 mm, astrodome height sanded down by about 40%, antenna masts fabricated from styrene card.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, Alclad Aluminum II, weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

Decals: Yellow-wings YW48048 - U.S. National Insignia PT-3 May 1942-June 1943, Techmod numbers. 77th Bomb Group emblem and nose and cowl lettering by ILJ (click to download).

Issues: Serial number of this aircraft is unclear - research needed. Nose yaghi radar antenna mast a bit long. Nose art in slightly different orientation from original. Unclear whether this aircraft had field modified tail gun position - some contemporary aircraft did, others did not.


Inspecting the nose of a 77th Bomb Group B-25C at Adak, autumn 1942 (note yagi radar antenna).


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