_1/48th Scale B-25B
_1/48th Scale B-25B Mitchell - Doolittle Raider
Kit used - Accurate Miniatures B-25B
Plane 7 named “Ruptured Duck “of the famous Doolittle Raid of April 18th 1942, were (16) B-25’s aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet where taken to within 650 miles of Japan in secret.
4 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, these planes struck the first blow against the Japanese mainland.
Pilot - Capt. Ted Lawson - Author of the book “Thirty Seconds over Tokyo”, was plane 7 in line to take off from the hornet.
The model is done in standard Model Master paint U.S. Olive Drab on all upper surfaces and U.S. Neutral Grey for the underside. These aircraft did not show much weathering and the yellow propeller tips were painted out.
This Accurate Miniature kit is a current state of the art kit and, out of the box, builds up to be quite a museum piece. Kit includes full compete interior and weights so that model stands correctly on its Nose gear. Kit also includes complete decals for all the planes that participated in the Doolittle raid.
Unfortunately, Accurate miniatures has gone out of business, but so far, these kits can still be found from Vendors at various model shows and conventions.
Model built by Sean Tauber
1/48th Scale Douglas TBD-1
1/48th Scale Douglas TBD-1
__1/48th Scale Douglas TBD-1 Devastator
Kit used - Old Monogram TBD-1
This kit has been the only one of this subject, first produced in the late 60’s. Out of the box, it builds up to look like a correct TBD as far as scale and accuracy, but there are fit problems.
The main problem is the folding wing mechanism and the fit of the wing root to fuselage assembly. It is best to complete the model with the wings permanently glued in the folded up position, or extended ready for flight position which is what I chose. Careful filling and sanding at the wing root will produce a realistic look.
This model is done in the markings of Squadron Torpedo 6 of the U.S.S. Enterprise, circa February 1942. At this time, 2 months after Pearl Harbor, the Enterprise air group was starting to hit Japanese held Islands such as Wake Island and other forward base‘s in the pacific.
Color scheme is Intermediate Blue for upper surfaces & Light Gull Grey on undersides.
It is also of note that the Enterprise Air Group provided air cover for the Doolittle raid of April 1942. The red markings on these aircraft were eventually painted out but the end of May 1942 as in the heat of battle, were confusing with Japanese Markings.
In 1937, the TBD-1 was the first all metal, low wing monoplane with hydraulic folding wings to enter service aboard U.S. aircraft carriers. However, by the time the U.S. entered the war, it was already considered obsolete. The TBD’s were withdrawn from combat units after The Battle of Midway of June 1942.
Model built by Bob Tauber