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North American B-25J



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: E16
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: Five sprues in grey plastic, one clear plastic sprue, one decal sheet, one sprue of poly caps and an instruction booklet.
Price: 3200¥ (or USD$34.97 from Squadron.com)
Review Type: QuickLook Preview
Advantages: Scribed panel lines with raised details as appropriate; Open bomb bay; Detailed armament; Option for a strafer or the standard three gun version; Decals with nose art for three different aircraft; Will make a great out of the box model or a very good start for a super detailing project.
Disadvantages: High cost is the principal disadvantage. In the USA, the retail price is around $40.00 USD. For those so inclined, some added detail and corrections will improve the finished model.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended. A first class 1/72 kit of the B-25.

Reviewed by Don Fenton

Hasegawa's 1/72 scale B-25J  may be ordered online from Squadron.com



At last we have a modern 1/72 kit of the famous B-25 Mitchell.

Hasegawa has chosen to produce the B-25J bombardier version of this famous twin engined bomber. The kit parts are molded in a somewhat brittle medium gray plastic.

The first impression when opening the box is of a carefully made kit with marvelous detail. Admiration for the Hasegawa team grows upon close examination of the kit parts. Five medium gray sprues, one sprue of transparent parts and one of poly caps provide all of the necessary parts. Recessed scribed lines with raised detail, when appropriate, and a parts layout reminiscent of the 1/48 Accurate Miniatures kits of the B-25 are the highlights of the kit.

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The fit of the parts is very good. Dry fitting of the parts indicates that little filler will be required.

The kit provides the clear parts for a five nose gun strafer or the standard three gun bombardier version. The transparent parts are crystal clear and thin.



The decal sheet provides options for three different aircraft but national insignia for one. These are “Jaunty Joe” 498BS, “Miss B Havin’ “ 498BS, “Bottoms-Up II” 486BS.



General Comments and Suggestions


  • Saw off the clear parts from the sprues. Sand off the resulting stubs. The canopies are attached at the bottom edges. Snipping these parts off is probably not a wise move.

  • If building the standard three gun nose, delete parts M2 and J1. Use L4. The instruction sheet does not cover this version. There are lots of aftermarket decals for the three gun version.

  • No provision is made for weights. Part A19 represents a step stair to be placed under the rear entry hatch. This is a problem if you want a model standing on the landing gear only. The instruction sheet does not provide the required amount of weight to be added. If weights are added, the where is left up to the creative.



Here are some further observations about the kit:



Profile of the fuselage compares well with the data published in Avery’s book, B-25 Mitchell: The Magnificent Medium

Well represented waist gun positions, bomb bay, bomb bay doors and crew entry hatches.

Option for the deletion of the side gun packs. Holes must be drilled to attach them. Very thoughtful, this saves time and the effort to fill the holes if your subject aircraft did not have these gun packs. This feature also telegraphs the release of an early B-25H. These early H model aircraft had side gun packs on the right side only.


Right side external fuselage armor plate is a separate insert. Again, a heads up that a B-25H is coming.

The top turret correctly has the external collar around the turret. This is contrary to the installation in the earlier B-25’s with the turret in the rear fuselage. The “high hat” sloping turret is not provided. Check images of your subject aircraft to verify top turret installation.

The bombardier’s compartment lacks detail. The seat is completely wrong. The armor plate behind the seat is missing. But the shape of the nose in profile conforms well with the data in Avery’s book.

The nose gear door needs attention. It should be 65” long and start about 24” in front of the forward crew entry door.

The bomb bay features raised details and a pair of 1,000 lb. GP bombs.

The .50 cal. MG’s are very well detailed for the scale - with cooling jackets


The seats have lap belts molded in place. The left seat is the normal pilot’s seat but the right seat is more like the cannoneer’s riding seat of the B-25H. Another hint.

Dual controls are provided.

Armor plate for the seats is omitted.


The rib tapings of the ailerons are very prominent. A little work with sandpaper will fix this.

Right wing leading edge air intake is okay. The left wing intake needs to be reshaped.

Attachment bolts on top and bottom of the wings are okay.

The wings fit into sockets in the fuselage. This leaves no gap between the inner flap and the fuselage.


Engine nacelles need two drain lines at the rear. The kit has one.

Main landing gear doors lack any detail and are very thick.

Here we go again. The engine cowlings are oddly shaped. The opening is too small and the cowling needs to be reshaped. Hopefully, the Radebaugh method will work. The opening should be 36” in diameter. On the upside, the length of the cowlings is correct. And the placement of the engines provides the correct positioning of the propeller. The exhaust fairings are okay.



Okay for the scale but could have been better. Rotate the gear case to place the oil sump vertical.


Tires and Wheels

All okay. The diameters of the tires are very close to the required 30” nose and 47” mains. The nose wheel is provided as spoked or covered. The True Details resin parts provide finer detail, if you can live with the almost flat tires.

Elevators, Ailerons, Rudders

All okay. The rib tapings are very prominent. Sanding should take of this. Take note that the elevators are correct in plan view using the drawing in Avery’s book as a guide.




Enough typewriting!

I’m sure that I have overlooked much and will learn more when the parts are assembled. Now to clear away the work table and build this gem of a kit.

Highly Recommended.


Text and Images Copyright © 2003 by Don Fenton
Page Created 13 August, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003

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