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||1/48 and 1/72
(1/48 scale set being reviewed)
13.5cm x 20cm decal sheets; one eight-page stapled instruction
||To be advised
subjects in a good range of schemes; beautifully printed; impressively presented instruction booklet; virtually no excess
carrier film on regular shapes; perfect registration and excellent
supplied; some surgery required (for hybrid B-25G with Fairfax waist
Recommended for anyone building Italeri's 1/72 scale Mitchells; or
Monogram's Accurate Miniatures' 1/48 scale B-25s.
Reviewed by Brett Green
The UPS envelope with the sender's address of Mexico can only mean one
thing - Albatros Modelworks has released a new decal sheet.
The latest offering in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale is "Dragons and
Tigers and Girls..... Oh My! B-25 Mitchell at War". That is a
title, but the decal set more than justifies the description.
The generous contents of
"B-25 Mitchell at War" are packed into a ziplock bag. There are four full-sized decal sheets included. The
quality of the decals is up to Albatros' previous high standards. The
colour is vivid, registration perfect and excess carrier film is kept to
an absolute minimum.
13 separate aircraft are illustrated. These schemes cover desert tones,
Olive Drab and Neutral Gray plus a natural metal aircraft. The real
variety starts with the noseart. "Dragons and Tigers and Girls"
is what the title of this decal set promises, and the four sheets
In summary, the subjects comprise:
B-25C-5-NA "Worth Fighting
For" - swimsuit clad girl and scoreboard, Tunisia 1943
B-25D-1 "Near Miss" -
Parrot's head on forward fuselage, scoreboard, girl on stbd side, Port
Moresby, New Guinea, 1943
B-25D-1-NC, Dragon's head on nose, Wewak,
New Guinea, 1943
B-25G - Panther's head on nose
B-25G-12 "Shady Lady" -
large text and woman's sillouhette on both sides of the nose. Sand
finish, Algeria 1943.
B-25G-5-NA "Luscious Lucy"
- female noseart and bomb tally, Makin Island, 1943
B-25G "Tee-Kay" - lion's
head, Nadzab, New Guinea, 1944
B-25G "Kunai Kutter" -
lion's head, Nazdab, New Guinea, 1944
B-25H-1-NA "Vikin's Vicious
Virgin" - monster's face on nose and female noseart on
fuselage side, Karachi, India, 1944
B-25J-11 "Apache Princess" -
female noseart plus indian's head on tail surfaces, Tacloban, Leyte
B-25J-11 "Reina Del Pacifico"
- female noseart plus indian's head on tail surfaces, Tacloban, Leyte
B-25J-11 "Emergency Strip"
- woman in pink heart plus wolf's head, Okinawa, 1945
B-25J-32 "Sunday Punch"
- monster's face on nose and female noseart on fuselage side,
Padaveswar, India, 1945
Minimal stencils are supplied.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images of the 13 subject aircraft:
Albatros Modelworks' instructions have always been good, but this
release lifts them to a new standard. The marking guide is supplied as a centre-stapled, eight-page, full colour booklet. A single
side view of each Mitchell is provided, plus scrap-views of the opposite
side if the markings are different.
The back page includes two top-view diagrams to indicate positions of
upper surface national markings and medium green "splotch"
locations as applicable.
The only tricky aspect of this release is that two of the B-25G
subjects are equipped with Fairfax waist guns. This rectangular opening in
each side of the rear fuselage was more commonly seen on B-25H and J
variants, but was sometimes retrofitted to Cs, Ds and Gs. The instructions
suggest that the conversion might be effected by grafting the windows and
fittings from the fuselage of the Monogram kits. I feel this would be a
terrible waste of a very respectable kit. The ProModeler version of the
B-25J, re-released recently, contained a full second set of transparent
parts including the windows for the Fairfax guns. With these windows and a
little scrap styrene, sandpaper and patience, it should be possible to
replicate the fuselage fittings for the guns without sacrificing a good
kit. We can also hope that the resin after-market comes to the rescue!
Every release by Albatros Modelworks seems to be an attempt to top
their previous impressive efforts. In my opinion, "B-25 Mitchell at
War" is their most spectacular offering to date.
Whether you are building Accurate Miniatures' B-25C, D or G; or
Monogram's very respectable B-25H or J; or Italeri's 1/72 scale Mitchells,
you will find colourful and high quality options in this decal set.
Thanks to Eli from Albatros Productions for the review
Albatros Productions Decals
are available from many dealers including
, Linden Hill Imports ,
Great Models webstore ,
Meteor Productions ,
Victory Models ,
North American Hobbies and
Squadron Mail Order
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