Soeren . Great work Roland! How do you like the kit so far?
5. July 2019, 13:51
Roland Sachsenhofer First pictures of this double-build: The interior of both Mitchells are amazingly detailed, Accurate Miniatures parts are of quite pleasing quality- just a pity nearly everything will be swallowed by the darkness of the assembled fuselages
Therefore my efforts to get some detail are concentrated around the more visible cockpit area. Bomb bays are awaiting some more parts..... I guess one of them will be shown open with ordnance.
5. July 2019, 13:55
Holger Kranich That Looks cool Roland! I have the same question as Soeren. The interior colour is Magic!
5. July 2019, 13:57
Roland Sachsenhofer Thank you Soeren- I love it!!! Fit, detail, sophisticated layout, crispness of parts... every quality I can think of is fulfilled. I guess this will last.
5. July 2019, 13:58
Michael Hickey WoW... Your of to a great start Roland and in for one hell of a good time building this beauty. I built an Accurate Miniatures B-25 Mitchell last year and really enjoyed it.
5. July 2019, 14:03
Roland Sachsenhofer Thank you Holger! I am totally excited about that kit The only matter I know about concerns the "wrong" diameter of the cowlings. I have resin replacements for one of the kits- that should make a nice comparison
Slavo Hazucha Must be a pleasure to work on something with a good fit and detail after the early Hurricane fitting inferno... This really looks like a decent kit, the details are lovely and you are treating them with the usual combo of skill & care - looking very good there!
5. July 2019, 15:52
Björn Svedberg Great start Roland! I too have built the accurate miniatures (B-25B) kit and can attest to the great detail level of the interior. Don't forget the weight in the nose, though. You don't want a tail sitter!
5. July 2019, 15:57
Gordon Sørensen Great looking interior, Roland! Especially like the boot around the base of the control column and the fire axe.
5. July 2019, 18:18
Roland Sachsenhofer Thank you all mates for these overwhelming comments! You're only too right, Slavo What a fun to work with these beautiful molds!
Roland Sachsenhofer The base for the paint application is now created, in the next step the grey of the underside is applied once. Below the pre-shading I applied some Alclad, which was masked with masking liquid. This should give a nice effect of chipped paint.
13. July 2019, 12:48
Roland Sachsenhofer Surfaces of both Mitchells have been painted by now- and the masking was rubbed off to display some chipping. To take proper photographs is not so easy because of the very glossiness after having applied a clear coat. Next step will be getting those challenging decals on the bows of these gunships!
16. July 2019, 09:43
Nathan Dempsey Looking great Roland. I can't wait to see more. I do love dual builds!
16. July 2019, 14:01
Bart Goesaert Nice progress on these, these interiors are exquisite... Nice to see the one with the sherman gun too...
16. July 2019, 14:03
Roland Sachsenhofer Thank you Nathan and Bart! Indeed, double builds seem to be quite a rewarding fun!
That's the gun used in they Sherman? Hell, that's awesome, i did not realize that up to now!
A fellow modeller told me of a befriended B-25 H gunner, who explained him how scary it was firing that gun- for those being fired as well as for those guys firing...... The B-25 seemed to stop in the air, the gun producing as much fire through the muzzle as through the breeches......
16. July 2019, 14:59
Bart Goesaert I think it was comparable to a HS-129 with the 75mm PAK underneath it.. except that one was completely underpowered..
16. July 2019, 15:01
Roland Sachsenhofer "A smile for the camera"....
The Italeri decals work excellently - it's not easy to cover a round shape like the bow of a Mitchel, but the individual parts are perfectly tailored and the most beautiful thing is that they seem to suck themselves greedily to the surface
Well, I am very impressed with the quality - and probably a little relieved that this step has been mastered.
Bart, you are probably right; well, I would really like to build a "Tsetse"-Mosquito one day...
18. July 2019, 13:29
Holger Kranich Just hab a look at the review on Britmodeller. The exterior detail is awesome! Now i just need space to store it for a while...
18. July 2019, 13:50
Nathan Dempsey The nose-art is really looking awesome Roland. It certainly helps things when the decals cooperate.
Thomas Bischoff very nice work Roland! I would not have dared to apply these decals
21. July 2019, 09:57
Roland Sachsenhofer Thank you Thomas! The decals seemed to be trust inspiring from the very beginning
21. July 2019, 10:48
Guy Rump Great work Roland, maybe you should do a workshop on applying decals? they are amazing!
21. July 2019, 11:24
Roland Sachsenhofer Thank you very much Guy! Your words are pleasing me, but to be honest there's not much extraordinary to report Maybe one thing, which was new to me: trust your fingertip sensitivity! After having applied a lot of decal softener I squeezed out all air inclusions and wrinkles- as long as there was neither left.
Roland Sachsenhofer Gentlemen, the first of these two B-25Gs has been finished! I hope you like the pictures; tomorrow I would like to get pictures of the second one in the gallery
23. July 2019, 10:36
Slavo Hazucha So the Pikachu-themed one got across the line first!
It looks great, surely it´s looking for it´s blue-headed mate to join it soon... Besides the decals with the vibrant colors creating such a cool contrast with the USAAF Green standard pattern, and the classy interior, I really like the weathering combination with shading, the lighter blue chipping on the engine cowlings and the reasonably applied wear down to naked metal along the leading edges. Really well planned and executed list of measures, my respect
Which also brings me to the only question I have - the propellers upon first sight seem to lack any type of wear - blades and the hubs seem just factory-new - is there a purpose/story behind that?
23. July 2019, 11:38
Nathan Dempsey Wow, from the lower angles that nose-art looks MEAN, which I suppose was the purpose! Looks great Roland. I can't wait to see the other one.
23. July 2019, 13:24
Roland Sachsenhofer Slavo, Nathan, thank you for your vivid comments! Indeed, Slavo, there is a reason of those props being brand new: the last have been so worn out, it was not acceptable any longer, they simply had to be changed. Another kind of answer to your comprehensible remark comes in form of the second B-25; these set of props should show wear and tear; I hope you like it as well.
As suggested throughout this building blog: this is a gem of a kit! Well..... get ready to start the engines!
Björn Svedberg Impressive work, Roland, as always! The B-25 is another one of my favorite planes, and this kit is a great kit. I've bought the Italeri version, it also contains the parts to build the original B-version, so I'm planning on building another Dolittle raider from it .
24. July 2019, 18:37
bughunter A clever idea to build a double - I guess this saves effort, so you you can build more in shorter time well executed, as usual! I really like the rotating propellers around pic 49
24. July 2019, 19:03
Roland Sachsenhofer Such a reaction is really great! Thank you all guys!
Yeah, these are the motivations to get the next double on the workbench!
25. July 2019, 13:45
Bart Goesaert Nice combo... one with jaundice and one with naevus...