Italeri, 1/48 scale
S u m m a r y
|Contents and Media:
||205 parts in injected grey styrene;
30 clear parts; strip of styrene; for five aircraft.
around £24.67 available online from Hannants and other hobby
||Beautifully detailed; excellent
moulding; generally very accurate; authentic-looking surface texture (finely recessed
panel lines, selected rivets, subtle fabric surfaces etc); thin and
distortion free clear parts; loads of ordnance and version options; six
colourful marking choices.
||A few sink marks; no nose-weights
by Brett Green
1/48 scale B-25C/D Mitchell will be available online from Squadron
Accurate Miniatures' released their 1/48 scale B-25
family in the late 1990s. These became a landmark series of kits that
redefined the state of the scale modelling art.
Italeri has now re-packaged Accurate Miniatures' 1/48 scale
B-25C/D kit. The moulds do not seem to have suffered at all, as the
plastic parts are
very crisp and free of any flash.
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Surface detail is extremely well done. Panel lines are, in the main,
recessed with a few appropriately raised structural features. Tyres even
feature the "Goodyear" name and logo. Control surfaces are very nice
too, with raised fabric detail. All control surfaces are moulded in
place (ie, not separate).
There are no ejector pin marks on the outside surfaces of any parts,
but a few are present on interior parts including the crew doors, small
undercarriage doors, and impossible-to-see recesses of a few bulkheads
and fuselage interior. There are a few sink lines on exterior surfaces
as an inevitable result of the ambitious kit design. These are most
obvious on the fuselage, but they are positioned so that they might be
mistaken for vertical stressed metal effect. I will probably not bother
The interior is impressive, with structural detail, fabric texture
and wiring moulded on to fuselage sidewalls; and a myriad of detail
added to create a very complete front and back office. The instrument
panel is supplied as a clear part. A decal is applied to the back of the
panel, and the front is painted with the instrument lenses left clear.
Decal harnesses are also included. The bomb bay is equally good. Several
full bomb load alternatives are included.
The angle of the characteristic gull wing will be guaranteed by two
substantial wing spars moulded with fuselage bulkheads.
Engine detail is very nice with separately moulded cylinder banks
added to a delicate pushrod/ignition wire/crankcase part. Propeller
blades are very thin. The big clamshell undercarriage doors are moulded
shut (these doors were typically only seen open when the undercarriage
was extending or retracting) but the small undercarriage doors are well
detailed. Gear legs will locate positively in a keyed hole in the wheel
Options include lower gun turret, choice of bomb load, venturi,
choice of rear armament (machine guns, dummy guns or no armament),
movable turrets, positionable crew access hatches, alternate canopies
and nose guns.
Perhaps the best news, though, is that this release
includes all the ordnance and related options in the same box
which had previously been split up between
different Accurate Miniatures boxings. As far as I am aware, this is the
first time that all options have been made available in a single kit.
The second unique aspect of Italeri's offering is the
big new decal sheet. Five varied marking options are supplied - three US, one British and
one Dutch The decals are well printed and in register.
Clear parts are very thin and free of distortion. Once
again, all the options for the B-25C/D family are included in this
package including the raised rear gunner's position and three versions
of the clear nose. Some of these parts are marked "not for use", but
will come in handy depending on what version you are planning to build.
Accuracy is generally very good. There have been some
questions raised about the diameter of the opening in the engine
nacelles, but if this issue is of concern, Cutting Edge offers resin
replacement cowlings. Otherwise, shapes are quite accurate.
What we do not get in this Italeri boxing are the
canopy masks and nose weights that were included in the original
Accurate Miniatures releases.
Seven years after its original release, Accurate
Miniatures' 1/48 scale B-25C/D kit looks just as impressive now as it
did then. Italeri
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 24 July, 2006
Last updated 24 July, 2006
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