B-25 STRAFER PACKAGE FROM EDUARD

Some of the most colourful Mitchell nose art ever defines Eduard’s new re-boxing of Hasegawa’s 1/72 B-25J.

B-25 STRAFER PACKAGE FROM EDUARD

Having already released a Limited Edition product centred on the glass-nose Hasegawa B-25J last year, Eduard has now re-packaged the gun-nosed ‘J’ parts to produce another limited item, Gunn’s Bunny (#2139).

It offers all the styrene components from Hasegawa’s superb kit, but adds finely detailed resin wheels, plain and pre-coloured photo-etched (PE) metal, and self-adhesive paint masks. The interestingly named boxing is themed for the heavily armed strafing B-25s developed by Paul Irvin ‘Pappy’ Gunn. This former US Navy pilot, who created his own airline, was granted a US Army commission after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

B-25 STRAFER PACKAGE FROM EDUARD

Above: Hasegawa's B-25 has always been well regarded, hence it being selected by Eduard for this limited-edition product.

B-25 STRAFER PACKAGE FROM EDUARD

Above: The theme centres on B-25 strafers, as this eight-gun nose piece exemplifies.

Packing a punch

Sent to the Pacific Theatre, he oversaw engineering first on A-20A Havocs, then B-25s – and it was in this role that he began to ‘up-gun’ both types. In the latter’s ‘J’ version he fitted eight .50 cal machine-guns in ‘hard’ noses (but some also had extra guns scabbed onto the fuselage sides). The story of ‘Pappy’ Gunn’s strafers, and an overall narrative on the type, can be found in Key Publishing’s book B-25 Mitchell, here

Czech firm Eduard recognised the appeal of these airframes, and thus offers decals for ten relevant airframes, all with cool nose art. The individual aircraft, with bare metal and Olive Drab both featuring, are:

•    B-25J-6, 43-27957 Bugs Bunny, Capt Ervin J Werhand, 823rd Bombardment Squadron (BS), 38th Bombardment Group (BG), Fifth Air Force, Kadena, Okinawa, July 1945
•    B-25J-27, 44-30866 SUNDAY PUNCH, 1st Lt Thomas Evans, 82nd BS, 12th BG, Tenth Air Force, Fenny, India, spring 1945
•    B-25J-27, 44-30588 1 For the Gipper, 1 st Lt Don McKenzie, 100th BS, 42nd BG, Thirteenth Air Force, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, March 1945
•    B-25J-20, 44-29590 My Buck, Capt Link Piazzo, 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Reconnaissance Group, Fifth Air Force, Lingayen, Philippines, 1945
•    B-25J-22, 44-29577 LADY LIL’, 1st Lt Albert J Beiga, 498th BS, 345th BG, Fifth Air Force, Luzon, Philippines, May 1945
•    B-25J-30, 44-30934 Betty’s Dream, 1st Lt Charles E Rice Jr, 449th BS, 345th BG, Fifth Air Force, Kadena, Okinawa, July 1945
•    B-25J-27, 44-30289, Lt Ramonis I Markwart, 822nd BS, 38th BG, Fifth Air Force, Kadena, Okinawa, August 1945
•    B-25J-10, 43-28136 Emergency Strip, 71st BS, 38th BG, Fifth Air Force, Luzon, Philippines, 1945
•    B-25J-10, 4328150 RUFF N READY, 1st Lt Chauncy Kershaw, 48th BS, 41st BG, Seventh Air Force, Kadena, Okinawa, July 1945
•    B-25J-32, 44-30921, 405th BS, 38th BG, Yonan, Okinawa, July 1945

B-25 STRAFER PACKAGE FROM EDUARD

B-25 STRAFER PACKAGE FROM EDUARD

Above and below: A wealth of extra detail comes via photo-etched metal.

B-25 STRAFER PACKAGE FROM EDUARD

The PE frets include an instrument panel, rudder pedals, centre console and throttle details, and seatbelts. Also provided are cockpit sidewalls, access door struts, undercarriage leg oleo scissors, engine ignition cabling, radio aerial mounts and more. Hasegawa’s kit is peachy and well regarded, offering the firm’s trademark quality surface engraving and impressive detail overall. Married with the Eduard extras, it takes on a whole new and fascinating dimension. Gunn’s Bunny costs £42.78 if ordered direct from Eduard, but it’s also available from Hannants in the UK at £54.70.