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After my research it was on with the build. The fuselage shells went together nicely, with some weight put in the only void space in the nose, next on were the wing upper surfaces which went on the spars leaving no gap around the wing/ fuselage join.

Before adding the lower wings the landing lights have to be added to each leading edge, and some holes drilled into the starboard wing to fit some fairings, these can be seen in the next photo.

The following photo shows the wing spars and the completed bomb bay with incorrect American style bombs. There are four in here, though only the bottom two can be seen really.

 

Wing lower surfaces and undercarriage legs followed, these need to go on now as they can't be fitted after the engines are on. A line of white filler can be seen on the nose underside.

 

Filler needed on the top surface. To be fair this filler was probably down to my poor construction.

 

The tail feathers go on now. These are made so it's possible to have movable elevators and rudders, but I glued them in place as I didn't want them flapping about. Only filler needed here was on the top fuselage to tail join.

If you do glue the elevators and rudders remember that both need to point in the same direction. Also in the picture the fairings over the vents in the starboard wing can be seen, for which the previous holes were drilled.

Next up the engines and nacelles.

Before I did any more to my Mitchell I thought I would do some searching for images on the internet, and in magazines. I'm planning on completing the box top plane FL-212 'EV-W' of 180 Squadron. The first thing I found was in the latest edition (April 2019) of 'Scale Aircraft Modelling', which has a review of the kit by Brian Derbyshire. Here he points out that the serial should be FL-218 which had the us serial of 112806 not FL-212, this was a B-25C-NA. The window configuration is incorrect and that the carburettor intakes are to wide for this sub-type as depicted by Airfix, they are however correct for the other 'plane FV923 US 264736, which was a B-25C-25. 

To confirm this I found several photos of 'EV-W' which bore out the incorrect windows and wide carb intakes (to be fair I'm leaving the carbs as they are) as well as some interesting weathering on the top surfaces. The serial is visible in several of the photos, it looks like FL-218, but it is not 100% possible to tell as most of the images are blurry over the last digit! I will change to the '8' though. The aircraft did not carry a nose gun in any of the photos, but it did have the mounting for the smaller gun, so I will fit this.

Next I looked in the November 2018 issue of 'SAM' which has an aircraft in profile article on the B-25 also by Bri Derbyshire, with line drawings of the windows and carbs. Basically the starboard side window configuration is correct, but the port side needs to loose the large round window (I'll fill, sand and paint over it) and gain a second lower oval window just behind the first (this will be represented by black decal cut to shape). By the way this was up to aircraft 112816, after that use Airfix's window layout. 

Finally the February 2018 'SAM' has a colour conundrum article on RAF Mitchells and what shades of green and grey they were painted, by Paul Lucas. It includes a side profile of FL-218 in olive drab and neutral grey as stated in the Airfix paint guide, so I'm sticking with that. There is also a section on interior colours and I quote Mr Lucas "Interior surfaces tended to vary. The pilot and co-pilots cockpits were to be Flat Bronze Green No.9, the bombardier's, navigator's and radio and photographer's compartment were to be Yellow-Green. The interior of the bomb bay, cowling, nacelles and their component parts were to be Aluminium as was the landing gear and wheels."

This colour information is to late for me, apart from the engine bays, as I've painted it all cockpit green Hu226, but it may help someone else building the kit.

If it was me, and the subject was in the European Theatre of Operations, I would paint the flying helmet, boots and flying jacket in Leather brown (Hu62), which cream trim (Hu 103), the face in Flesh (Hu61), the trousers in RAF Blue (Hu 96), the 'May West' (life jacket) Yellow (Hu24) front with Linen back (Hu74 ), straps I would paint an off white colour, as would be the kid leather flying gloves. Details picked out in black (Hu33) or other colours as appropriate.

If your aircraft were based in the desert or far east then I'm afraid it would be completely different colours.

Hope that has helped.

@Tweezers

I watch this with interest because I too am trying to produce an accurate B-25C only a 320 Dutch squadron machine.  So I too will have the dilemas that you have mentioned: bombsight, bombs, cowling, not to mention which Humbrol paints to purchase.

 

Please may I trouble you for a picture of the wingtips taken from front?  They have a little dihedral.

Good luck!

Hi Tweezers,

Here's a pic of the Airfix wingtip from the front, you can see it has a little dihedral.

 

Compare this to the Hasegawa wingtip, here still on the runner, which has far more pronounced dihedral.

Personally I'll be leaving it as it is.

There'll be another update on the build hopefully later today, plus the results of some research carried out on the chosen scheme. 

I found an image from the IWM might answer the question, they look like British bombs to me with the round tails.

Link here;

https://dunsfoldairfield.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Mitchells3-768x639.jpg

Hi All,

After a bit of a break from building Airfix (I've just completed a Fujimi E-2C Hawkeye and a Revell Gannet AS.1, bit of a naval theme going on there), I thought I'd get back to the Red Box fold with the RAF Mitchell boxing.

The plastic parts have fine engraved detail (though not as fine as the Hasegawa Mitchell), and the engineering for the kit seems straightforward. The internal detailing is very complete in the front end and bomb bay, but not much in the rear end. Here Airfix have Hasegawa beat. Spars are included with the bomb bay sections to make sure the wings go on at the correct angle, and alternate parts include different engine cowls and exhaust layouts for early and late 'C' versions. Two cockpit canopies are also included, one with extra framing.

Some issues include the under-wingtip shape, which has been mentioned in previous reviews, and is very noticeable when compared to the Hasegawa kit, but I will live with that. Only an American Norton bomb sight is included, no RAF sight, again not to bothered, and American bombs are in the bomb bay, but were American supplied aircraft able to carry British bombs?

Instructions are the usual Airfix standard, ie good, with a glossy, colour paining and decal placement guide, and another guide for stencil placement (there re a lot of stencils, even each bomb has three decals to put on!). There are markings supplied for two similarly painted olive drab over neutral grey machines, a Polish operated later Mk.II and an earlier RAF Mk.II with nose art and a bomb tally. I think I'll go for the second one.

 

Construction starts, surprisingly enough, with the flight deck. 

Here all the parts for the fight deck are laid out, including a bicycle seat for the bombardier, as said earlier a very detailed representation.

All went together easily using Tamiya Extra Thin. One of the fuselage sides was used a jig to make sure all was lined up correctly. The front spar can be seen attached to the bomb bay front bulkhead.

The fight deck painted up. the main colour is Hu226 American cockpit green, as advised in the instructions, with various boxes and controls picked out in matt black, and seat covers in leather brown. The green was dry brushed in yellow zinc chromate to bring out the detail. Basic lap straps are painted sliced Tamiya tape.

All the internals painted and ready to go into place. The bomb bay walls are separate inserts which include the bomb doors moulded in place, for a closed bay these are left out. If mounted the bombs must be cemented in place before joining the fuselage halves as it would be almost impossible to get them in afterwards. The part with the round hole with cross members attached to the rear spar is the mounting for the underbelly gun turret. Again all painted Hu 226 and dry brushed in the chromate yellow. Note the amount of detail in the centre and front and none in the rear.

All the internals in place, and fuselage about to be buttoned up. Everything fitted well with no issues. Note that the only place for nose weight is a void space under the starboard side of the fight deck where I have crammed some nuts and bolts held with Blu Tack, don't think it will be enough though!

That's it for now, I'll post again soon when there's some more progress.

 

The A-4D was never produced as such. Early Skyhawks were designated A4D's in the navy system, until the changeover in 1962, when A4D-1's became A-4A's, A4D-2's became A-4B's and A4D-2N's became A-4C's (The 'A' stood for Attack, the 'D' for Douglas and the '4' because it was the forth attack aircraft made by Douglas for the Navy).

The Israelis originally had A-4H's ( 'H' for Hebrew, if you think that may be bad, the French supplied Mirage III CJ aircraft, the 'J' being for Jewish), later they took A-4E, F and N airframes. As well as the different noses and intakes already mentioned, later on the Skyhawks gained avionics humps and missile suppressant extended tailpipes.  

Came in the post this morning.

 

Impresive, how many individual figures are there? Must have taken a while to paint them all. Good work Ratch

Another old build found in the loft. The problems with this kit are many and have been discussed at length elsewhere, so I won't go over them here again, just to say the shape isn't brilliant.

I don't recall to many issues actually building it. The oversized rivets suffered on the wings somewhat during sanding down and I should have removed them altogether, but didn't. The open bomb doors should have been replaced with thinner plastic card, and I've painted the bombs completely the wrong colour for a Battle of France period, they should be tan and not green, with green and red rings not yellow.

Really this kit needs retooling, hopefully it's on Airfix's list to do in the future.

 

Fairey Battle B.I, 12 Squadron RAF, Northern France, May 1940.

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