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#1 otis252

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:06 AM

Hey guys, I was able to pick up the HK B-25J kit at a great price and it sure looks fantastic! But I've got some questions. I've got the Eduard cockpit set/wheels coming along with the AMS gun blisters, what else would you suggest? I seem to remember a rear gun "cover" and a nose weight, are those available? I plan on building mine as a Marine PBJ from VMB-433, any ideas what to do about the markings as none are available and anything that must be done to convert the kit to a PBJ-1J? Thanks for any help.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:22 AM

Profimodeler make a PBJ conversion for the kit. I can't recall what's included but I think there are decals and/or masks.

The rear cover is made by Grey Matter figures.

AMS also do props and new gearboxes.

Hope that helps.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:32 AM

Here's the conversion set link:

https://www.hannants...roduct/PF32202P

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:25 AM

I would also HIGHLY suggest G Factor metal landing gear legs, I also used a lot of profi stuff, eduard and brassin wheels and tires, and all Harold at AMS makes plus weights to keep the nose down yet not be seen. I'm thankful I have the G factor gear to hold it up.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:37 AM

http://www.profimode...-b-25-pbj-1h/  Comes with decals.  

 

Lone Star Models does just the Right wing mounted radar!


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 11:32 AM

Thanks guys, I do have the G-Factor gear on the way. That's probably a must have for this monster. The Profimodeler set appears to be for a gun nose version& I'm wanting to do a bomber PBJ, but I'm going to look into it. Anything else?

Chuck


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 04:11 PM

Chuck,

   PM me have some items you could use. I live in IL zip 60181.

 

      Mike Horina


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 04:25 PM

All of the above plus brass gun barrels of the make of your choice. The kit ones are really poorly done.  So are the props so AIMS props are almost a must also.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 04:34 PM

The Profimodeler set is for the PBJ-1H variant.  If you are wanting to do the PBJ-1J, you need to find a pic of which aircraft as they varied quite a bit especially on how the radar was mounted.  Some didn't have the external wingtip pod.  You can get away with using the majority of the kit, but you definitely need to get the AMS props and GFactor landing gear.  I bought the Master barrel set for the B-17 as it has more than enough for a cheaper price than buying them all separately.  I also got several of the Eduard detail sets especially for the cockpit as I believe they do a better job than HK did.  Finally, I would recommend the PBJ Mitchel Units of the Pacific War in the Osprey Combat Aircraft series.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 04:59 PM

I’ll tell you that at least on “Love Bug” they used a computer font for the lettering on that decal. And the font didn’t exist during WWII.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:48 PM

Are you building the Glass nose J or the strafer J? The glass nose versions had the radar in the nose the strafers had them in the wingtip and that's if your aircraft that you want to model had it
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:44 PM

You might find some useful info in one of these manuals:

 

http://www.avialogs....25mitchell.html

 

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 02:47 AM

Thanks for all the help guys. Now if I can find a painting guide for the Marine PBJ version and cobble some decals together. Any other tips or things to look out for on this build?

Chuck


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 06:01 AM

Pick up the Osprey book as mentioned above It has a lot of drawings of paint schemes
Of actual aircraft

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 04:30 PM

I'm doing the PBJ-1H "8 Ball" from the Profi kit, and it's a great kit, but I don't think it'll apply at all for the J in any of it's variations except for one or two small details.

If I were doing a J, I'd source the radar pod from Lone Star Models if you're using the wingtip pod. For the ugly glass nose mounted version, you'll need to scratch it.  Then just use masks for the decals. It should be an easy conversion.

There's lots of reference material out there on PBJs, including a couple of good books.

 

AMS props and gearboxes NEEDED, as are Brassin wheels and brass gear legs. Metal gun barrels are a must and of course, HGW seatbelts.

I think the kit pit is decent enough, although of course, I'm using the Profi H panel, gunsight and other goodies along with the right seat removed, etc.


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