Last year, I was eager to be one of the first out of the gates when Tamiya’s masterful 1/32 P-51 Mustang dropped. Between a layoff, other builds on the bench, and an impending move, I waved off.
I still haven’t touched the glorious thing.
Now, another glorious 1/32 release is imminent – H-K Models’ ginormous B-25J Mitchell. How ginormous? Well, a 1/32 P-47 Thunderbolt – definitely a scale and subject that projects “presence” – has a wingspan of about fifteen or sixteen inches.
The 1/32 B-25’s wingspan? TWENTY-FIVE INCHES! So the B-25 has almost another ruler on the Jug. I can’t think of anything out there that’ll match the sheer presence it’ll bring. Even the 1/48 kits of the big four-engine bombers – the B-17, B-24, and B-29 – they may come close in dimensions, but they won’t have the “bulk” that a B-25 in 32nd scale will have.
I’m absolutely psyched for this kit…and unlike the Mustang…I won’t let this one slip off to the stash. Work begins the day it arrives…which should hopefully be toward the end of March or early April.
To make the wait a bit easier (or harder!), some pics of a buildup of the big bastard have popped up over on Hyperscale. A few are posted below, or CLICK HERE to go check them all out.
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My grandmother was on the assembly line for the B-25. Lots of good stories and she even turned in a man who turned out to be a spy.
I hope this will be a model worth building, because I have been searching for one to dedicate to her memory.
Ken – that’s awesome! I’ve seen – I think it was a few B-26 Maruaders – done up for an assembly line diorama. Could be cool to do with the big Mitchell…
Do these really go for $200? I’d love to get my hands on one, my grand dad flew on Bottoms Up II.
Heath – thanks for the comment. They’re going for about $160 currently, give or take. And Kits-World makes markings for “Bottoms Up” – not sure if it’s II or not, have to look again when I get a moment.