|The Verlinden Detail Set #1574 offers parts designed to
improve the appearance of the Accurate Miniatures B-25B and B-25C/D kits.
The parts in this set address more the omissions and improvements to the
kit than providing corrections to the kit. The resin parts are cast in the
gray-green plastic found in many Verlinden sets. A photoetched brass sheet
and piece of plastic rod provide the remainder of the parts.
For me, the most attractive features of this set are the crisply molded
and nicely detailed pilot's seats and armor plating. Doolittle's B-25B
aircraft had this armor plating installed behind the seats. Subsequent
models of the B-25 had this armor as well. Accurate Miniatures
inexplicably omitted the armor plating in their B and C/D kits. The seats
feature seat cushions, back pads and molded-in lap belts. The seats fit
into a pan molded on the front of the seat armor plating. This looks great
until you try to install them into the cockpit. The co-pilot's seat
assembly fits but the pilot's seat does not. The pilot's seat assembly is
too wide to fit between the center console and the control boxes on the
cockpit sidewall. The co-pilot's seat fits because control boxes don't
interfere on that side of the fuselage. The fix requires removing the
armor plating from the pan and bonding the armor plates directly to the
back of the seats. Test fit to ensure that the armor plates are not
installed too high. If so, the canopy will not fit. The clearance between
the armor plates and the inside of the canopy is tight. See the movie
"Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" for some great shots of the interior
of the cockpit showing the armor plating. A PE instrument panel with a
separate instrument face is included. I do not consider this as an
improvement over that offered in the kit. The PE instrument is etched with
a flat face and requires more detailing to make a convincing instrument
This set also provides the .30 caliber ammo cans for the nose gun. This
MG was not fed by a feed chute from a remote ammunition box, as was the
later .50 cal. MG installation. The "pea shooter" was fed from a
removable ammo can held in a frame attached to the MG mounting adapter.
These ammo cans were stored in the bombardier's compartment and are quite
prominent in images of the early B-25's. A resin .30 cal. MG and PE ring
sights are provided. Other armaments include resin .50 cal. MG's for the
upper and lower turrets. Additional .50 cal. ammo boxes and feed chutes
are provided to install in the fuselage as suits the modeler. A nicely
molded telescopic gunsight for the upper turret completes the resin
details for the turrets. The PE sheet has the perforated back support for
the upper turret gunner.
Unnecessary for a Doolittle aircraft, a very nice Norden bombsight and
additional control panels are provided for the bombardier's compartment.
These parts could be used in other USAAF bombers. A welcome addition is
the inclusion of extra fire extinguishers and walk-around oxygen bottles
in two sizes. These items again could find use in another USAAF bomber. A
detailed resin seat and PE lap belt replace the kit provided bombardier's
riding seat. Another resin seat replaces the navigator's riding seat
located in the rear of the navigator's compartment.
Resin engines with molded-in push rods and separate PE ignition
harnesses replace the kit items. The engines are molded in two pieces with
both banks of cylinders flat on the rear face. No comment on the fit into
the kit or Cutting Edge engine cowlings.
Recommended for those wanting to add details and improve the appearance
of a B-25 model.