PYN-up 1/48 Mitchell's Honeys
Part 1 & Part 2
Building on their medium bomber nose art line, PYN-up
decals have tackled some B-25s next with these two sheets. A total of
four aircraft are covered across these two sheets, including two B-25Ds,
a B-25H, and a B-25J. All are camouflaged in olive drab over neutral
Starting with Part 1, the first option here is an interesting
B-25H-1-NA. This plane is from the 1ACG and was flown by Lt. Ralph Lanning.
It was the personal transport of Brig. Orde Wingate, and it has five
diagonal white stripes running around the rear fuselage. It's the nose
art, though, that puts this plane on this sheet. Named "Erotic Edna,"
this plane has a nude woman wearing stockings and a garter belt underneath
the windscreen. Not much else is on this plane, and a color photo in
the instructions show the plane in flight.
The second option is a B-25J-11-NC of the 345 BG, 501
BS, flown by Captain James Underwood. This plane was lost on January
9, 1945 over Sibuyan Island. The plane has the unit indianhead logo on
the tail, in a pale green disc, with a yellow 12 above it. On the port
side, there is a large unpainted metal area beneath the nose glazing,
and the cowlings have red leading edges. Where's the nose art? On the
opposite side. Although not exactly unheard of, applying artwork to the
right side of the aircraft was definitely in the minority. The artwork
on this plane is large and colorful, featuring a woman sitting on a field
of grass and leaning up against a tree trunk. She's wearing a black skirt
and a black and yellow shirt. The name "Lazy Daisy Mae" is in red and
yellow above her bent knees, and a yellow daisy is below them. A very
attractive piece of artwork, to say the least.
Part 2 has a couple of B-25Ds on it. The first one is
a B-25D-25-NC of the 38 BG, 17 RS out of Linsayen, Luzon in May 1945.
This plane features the unit emblem on the tail, with three yellow streaks
extending from it. A series of white stars and a white base to the fin
completes the tail markings. Moving to the nose, this plane carries a
very impressive tally board in yellow. My count comes up with 108 bomb
tallies, five ship marks, and two Japanese flag kill markings. That is
quite a history there! Adding to the interesting factor is the artwork.
Named "Mitch the Witch," this plane features a nude witch riding a broom
that is equipped with twin B-25 rudders, painted in prewar red white
and blue. Apparently the authorities had this artwork tamed down, because
later on (as depicted in the color photograph) the witch was wearing
The second option is a B-25D-20-NC from the 345 BG, 500
BS, flown by Lt. Merwyn Bruce. This plane has its clear nose section
covered over. The tail features the horse unit emblem, and there is a
white stripe around the rear fuselage. This plane also carries an impressive
tally, although not quite as impressive as "Mitch the Witch" (only one
Japanese flag, and no ships). This plane was named "Mexican Spitfire"
and has an appropriately clad woman standing on the nose.
Both of these sheets offer some interesting markings,
and are bound to find their way onto the sides of an Accurate Miniatures
B-25 kit. My thanks to Meteor Productions for the review samples.