48-691 is the second of the two new sheets covering the North American
B-25 Mitchell in AeroMaster's Best Sellers series.
48-691 provides markings for two B-25Ds of the 345th Bomb Group. The
individual aircraft and their markings are as follows:
B-25D-1, 41-30051 of the 500th Bomb Squadron. The markings depict the
aircraft as it appeared in May of 1944 when it was being flown by
Captain William H. Ames. The machine is in olive drab over neutral
grey camouflage scheme. The cowling rings are red and there is a white
band around the fuselage (the white band and the red cowling rings are
500th Bomb Squadron identity markings). The supplied markings comprise:
comprising a large shark mouth (?) and eye. AeroMaster must be
expecting that you will have problems in placing the shark mouth
marking as they have supplied blocks of red and black decal for
consisting of red, yellow and white bomb silhouettes.
Pilot and Crew
Chief names in white and yellow respectively.
A pair of Japanese
rising sun flag kill markings. This marking is supplied as a
one-piece and two-piece decal to counter any register problems.
A pair of
'snorting mustang' 500th Bomb Squadron insignia for the vertical
A set of "Fifth
Air Force Variation" national insignia – early white star on
insignia blue circle background modified with the addition of
insignia white rectangles minus the insignia blue outline.
'Tondelayo', (named after the sultry
character that the actress Hedy Lamar played in the movie 'White
Cargo') B-25D-5 41-30669, also of the 500th Bomb Squadron. The
aircraft had a chequered career being flown by many crews and ending her
service life as a stripped down 'chow hound' aircraft flying fresh food,
booze and personnel between the 500th Bomb Squadron's base at Biak
Island and Australia. This machine is also and it sports the same red
cowling rings and white fuselage band as the previous option. The
supplied markings depict the machine as it appeared in June of 1944 and
Nose art in the
form of the semi-naked Tondelayo. The marking has an olive drab
background which was actually the aircraft's original olive drab
paint that she was first painted on.
The name Tondelayo
in yellow and red. There are two versions supplied, one set has the
same olive drab surround as per the artwork and for the same reason.
comprising ten Rising Sun flags, a ship, yellow bomb silhouettes,
and crew chief and pilot's names.
A set of faded and
greyed out national insignia. A set of darker blue partial markings
are also provided in case you want to depict your model without the
faded insignia. These are the insignia blue only portions of the
markings and you must apply them over the top of the faded ones.
Stencil data is confined to two sets of propeller stencils as well as
placement guide is A-4 in size and it shows full colour left-hand side
profiles of both options as well as plan views. The tops and bottoms of
the wings are also shown as is a guide to stencil data placement for the
decals themselves have been "Printed in Mexico". Everything is in
perfect register and sharply printed. The decals (there are two sheets,
the main one and a smaller one holding the non-faded partial national
insignia) and placement sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc
recommended kit is the superb Accurate Miniature one.
These two Marauding Mitchells sheets really are good. They provide very
colourful markings for some very interesting machines. As they were
very Pacific War machines they were "ridden hard and put away wet". The
photos that exist of them in both colour and black and white show them
to be worn chipped faded and patch painted. If you want to exercise you
modelling skills to replicate this I can think of no better kit than the
Accurate Miniatures B-25 and no better decals than what AeroMaster has
on offer with these two sheets.
the way, if you want some stimulation, follow this link to the model of
'Tondelayo' built by Don Fenton
http://www.kitparade.com/features01/b25cddf_1.htm here on
One of the references mentioned on the placement guide is Warpath Across
the Pacific by Lawrence J. Hickey. This is an absolutely fantastic book
and it has been used extensively in the research for this sheet.
Original photographs, paintings and complete histories of all of the
aircraft on this sheet appear in the book. If you are a student of the
Pacific War don't even hesitate to buy it, it's well and truly worth the