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BSG-75
13th September 2012, 21:13
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-AA35303-B25-J-MITCHELL-499-Bats-Outa-Hell-1945-1-72-AVIATION-ARCHIVE-/110948365383?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_Dieca stVehicles_JN&hash=item19d509b447

Bin at just over 105.... ?

any thoughts on this model ? I have one, if memory serves it was a 40th birthday present to myself, the Corgi B-25 is lovely and sadly under used like several of the better Corgi molds. It is very very shiney:eek: indeed, does it have any fans out there - any who would pay 105 inc P&P ?

Or 8 with 3 days to go ?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-1-72-AA35303-B-25J-MITCHELL-BATS-OUTA-HELL-/130765693645?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_Dieca stVehicles_JN&hash=item1e723e22cd

PhantomBigStu
13th September 2012, 21:43
30 quid at mz in the good ol dump days, one of the best buys ever, worth buying

kevjb64
13th September 2012, 22:57
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-AA35303-B25-J-MITCHELL-499-Bats-Outa-Hell-1945-1-72-AVIATION-ARCHIVE-/110948365383?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_Dieca stVehicles_JN&hash=item19d509b447

Bin at just over 105.... ?

any thoughts on this model ? I have one, if memory serves it was a 40th birthday present to myself, the Corgi B-25 is lovely and sadly under used like several of the better Corgi molds. It is very very shiney:eek: indeed, does it have any fans out there - any who would pay 105 inc P&P ?

Or 8 with 3 days to go ?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-1-72-AA35303-B-25J-MITCHELL-BATS-OUTA-HELL-/130765693645?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_Dieca stVehicles_JN&hash=item1e723e22cd

Seems to have almost 9 days to go , sold my spare for 90 about a year ago . :)

fozzy45
14th September 2012, 06:49
A particularly nice one and like all B25's prices have been steadily increasing (do you think the market is saying something to Corgi like "lets have another B25!"). Although this is outside of my collecting area I just might make an exception if I could get one for a reasonable price because I really do like these long nosed B25 gunships.

Davidte2007
14th September 2012, 10:03
:) Nice Model very much over looked IIRC mine set me back about 40 bucks maybe less :unsure: but all the same glad to see the price is going up :cool: :cool:

Shawn 507
14th September 2012, 10:19
I paid a pretty penny for mine, but have no regrets. It would be hard to find a better one to own IMHO.

Foz
14th September 2012, 10:31
I've got this one watched. No doubt though it will go well above the price i'm willing to pay. I already have a B25 with guns in the nose though, so think i would prefer my next one to be with a glass nose.

BSG-75
14th September 2012, 10:56
Seems to have almost 9 days to go , sold my spare for 90 about a year ago . :)

wrong glasses:rolleyes: :o

Interesting feedback on the thread though, I have two B-25's, RAF "D-Day striped" a bargin from Duxford two years ago (40 or so ??) plus this one which I got from the CAM Club with the 25% discount, fozzy45 is right, this is underused and surely there is a market for a few more ?

PhantomBigStu
14th September 2012, 11:42
another raf one would get me, I'm sure there's schemes out there

BSG-75
14th September 2012, 13:30
another raf one would get me, I'm sure there's schemes out there

two RAF ones were only ever done IIRC ? One green, and one camo with d-day stripes ?

they also did the USMC version, middle east USAAF,plus bats out of hell.... many more ?

75 mm cannon version could be interesting, RAAF, USSR still there to do plus lots more USAAF versions ? Post war south american air arms I am uncertain about, plus the excellent HM B-26 still beggers belief in terms of uptake.... maybe they don't see a market for high quality twin engined models ?

Foz
14th September 2012, 13:35
Their is Crabb 2nd, 498th BS, USAAF.

The best B25 one yet :D

BSG-75
14th September 2012, 13:50
Their is Crabb 2nd, 498th BS, USAAF.

The best B25 one yet :D

I just looked that one up..... very nice.......:cool

prune
14th September 2012, 14:31
I'd like an olive drab bat nose B-25
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=solid+nose+B-25J&start=29&num=10&hl=en&biw=1550&bih=757&tbm=isch&tbnid=ZXpPQi2QLeIrSM:&imgrefurl=http://www.modelingmadness.com/review/allies/us/jacksonb25.htm&docid=VOmwjysPGZHX-M&imgurl=http://www.modelingmadness.com/review/allies/us/jacksonb25l.jpg&w=700&h=373&ei=_jBTUMvNIYm-0QWQo4HYCQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=337&vpy=329&dur=262&hovh=164&hovw=308&tx=163&ty=111&sig=104907699219868021129&page=2&tbnh=93&tbnw=175&ndsp=35&ved=1t:429,r:29,s:29,i:97

The Defiant Man
14th September 2012, 14:32
two RAF ones were only ever done IIRC ? One green, and one camo with d-day stripes ?



Correct.....the one without the stripes was a "funny" colour......albeit very attractive (well, I like it:D )......

http://www.anticsonline.co.uk/456_1_2486314.html

PhantomBigStu
14th September 2012, 14:37
whether accurate or not the camo one looks strange to me

this one might be nice
http://historicflight.org/grumpyreturns/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/B-25D_8770_crop_1200-800x533.jpg

BSG-75
14th September 2012, 14:52
Now I'm more confused, I just had a look at mine (bats and RAF D-day stripes) and there seem to be two different fuselage castings, there are no blanking plates on the RAF one where "Bats" has waist guns, likewise no blanking plates for the moved upper gun turret.

One of the reasons why I never liked the Corgi Wellington (do I get banned for that ?) is the blanking plates on the fuselage which really distract me. So if they did make two molds, all the more reason to get more out of them ?

The Defiant Man
14th September 2012, 15:25
Now I'm more confused, I just had a look at mine (bats and RAF D-day stripes) and there seem to be two different fuselage castings, there are no blanking plates on the RAF one where "Bats" has waist guns, likewise no blanking plates for the moved upper gun turret.

One of the reasons why I never liked the Corgi Wellington (do I get banned for that ?) is the blanking plates on the fuselage which really distract me. So if they did make two molds, all the more reason to get more out of them ?

Interesting.....never really noticed that when I had lots of them:o (only got the two RAF now).....but a quick google & it seems you're right.....presumably two fuselages were made.....

IMPO, as it's so long since there's been any, it's certainly one of the types that should do OK if run sizes are realistic......

triumph
14th September 2012, 17:06
Without the stripes and no camo = this one....There must have had been two versions, RAF with the gun turret at the back. US with turret just behind cockpit side openings and different rear guns
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab118/1050triumph/72nd%20Scale/DSCF0776.jpg

KO-B
14th September 2012, 17:07
Their is Crabb 2nd, 498th BS, USAAF.

The best B25 one yet :D

I had that one - my first twin engined aircraft, cost me 25, absolutely stellar casting, vowed I'd never sell it, but ended up doing so as I was planning on sticking to ETO schemes.
Regretted it ever since. What an idiot...:( :wacko: :o

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5235/5849903168_b35af2739b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16288336@N02/5849903168/)

Now if I could find another one of these, or the plain green RAF scheme, or Heavenly Body for sensible money, I'd be happy.

KO-B

BSG-75
14th September 2012, 18:11
I had that one - my first twin engined aircraft, cost me 25, absolutely stellar casting, vowed I'd never sell it, but ended up doing so as I was planning on sticking to ETO schemes.
Regretted it ever since. What an idiot...:( :wacko: :o

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5235/5849903168_b35af2739b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16288336@N02/5849903168/)

Now if I could find another one of these, or the plain green RAF scheme, or Heavenly Body for sensible money, I'd be happy.

KO-B

heavenly body 9.25 8 days to go ....:rolleyes:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-1-72-AA35301-B-25J-MITCHELL-HEAVENLY-BODY-/190725785408?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_Dieca stVehicles_JN&hash=item2c68248740

PhantomBigStu
14th September 2012, 18:13
another one I picked up at MZ dump price....so glad I did

fozzy45
14th September 2012, 18:35
Without the stripes and no camo = this one....There must have had been two versions, RAF with the gun turret at the back. US with turret just behind cockpit side openings and different rear guns
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab118/1050triumph/72nd%20Scale/DSCF0776.jpg

This is my favourite one. For me it has everything going for it. It fits in with my RAF collecting scheme, the colours look good (the camaflage one with D Day stripes looks odd to me, both brown and green shades look overly light and the light blue lower colour looks pure fiction unless someone can tell me otherwise?) and the general level of detail and finish look good. Just wish I had one:(

KO-B
14th September 2012, 18:52
That's my favourite of the two RAF schemes as well - just prefer it to the striped version.

There's a colour photo of an RAF B-25 with the same codes in Roger A.Freeman's The Royal Air Force of World War Two In Colour, although the aircraft in the picture has nose art and a bomb tally, and the caption gives the serial as FL218, so I'm not sure if the Corgi model is supposed to represent the same aircraft or not?:unsure:

KO-B

Foz
14th September 2012, 18:59
Without the stripes and no camo = this one....There must have had been two versions, RAF with the gun turret at the back. US with turret just behind cockpit side openings and different rear guns
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab118/1050triumph/72nd%20Scale/DSCF0776.jpg

We (or I!!) must have some very different tastes in what we like and do not like.

For example, i like the above pic. That to me is a superb B25 in RAF colours. Love it. But...

I LOVE the one in D-Day stripes even more, it looks great to me and gives me the Normandy landings onwards feel of day light bombing. I just think its a brill little model.

Of the two i'd rather have the D-Day one. Its the only other B25 i really want to be honest (to go with crabb 2nd that i have) but i can't really condone spedning the amount peopel want for it. Guess i'm just being tight, but at that price i'll never buy it.

david cotton
14th September 2012, 19:36
I had that one - my first twin engined aircraft, cost me 25, absolutely stellar casting, vowed I'd never sell it, but ended up doing so as I was planning on sticking to ETO schemes.
Regretted it ever since. What an idiot...:( :wacko: :o

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5235/5849903168_b35af2739b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16288336@N02/5849903168/)

Now if I could find another one of these, or the plain green RAF scheme, or Heavenly Body for sensible money, I'd be happy.

KO-B

What is sensible money for one of these :unsure: I got mine for 30, when that was the price in MZ for anything with more than one engine .....I would not give this one up :rolleyes:
I think I also have a Heavenly Body somewhere in the loft.....not sure now :unsure:

KO-B
14th September 2012, 19:57
What is sensible money for one of these :unsure: I got mine for 30, when that was the price in MZ for anything with more than one engine .....I would not give this one up :rolleyes:
I think I also have a Heavenly Body somewhere in the loft.....not sure now :unsure:

Really not sure - mine was 25 back in 2007, sold it for 45, not sure what the highs are for this one - don't think it was ever one of the higher valued B-25s.

Was nice though...:(

KO-B

Christian
14th September 2012, 22:41
Have three of these wonderful models. RAF D Day Scheme, Heavenly Body and US Marine Corps B25.

All are superb and I am always on the hunt for one or two more. Although I must confess, I don't think mch of the "Bats out a Hell" version. I have the FM version (I have three of those :cool: ) which, with the green, is much better looking B25 in my view.

Agree with other lads regarding the under-utilisation of this wonderful tooling. Literally thousands of wonderful schemes that could be done. I would pre-order just about any new release as long as the manufacturing run was not stupid.

How about a RAAF 25 SQN B25?? :D

ZS-VAN
15th September 2012, 11:24
I tend to agree with the sentiment that we need an olive drab "Bats Outta Hell" but we sure could use some more B-25s and particularly one with the 75mm gun. There are plenty of scheme and many variations that can be done.

PlainCrazy
15th September 2012, 15:07
How about a RAAF 25 SQN B25?? :D

Aaaah...make that 2 Sqn and I second the motion...

Cheers from Oz

lmisbtn
16th September 2012, 22:39
I'd like to see a B-25H

boris
16th September 2012, 22:45
What is sensible money for one of these :unsure: I got mine for 30, when that was the price in MZ for anything with more than one engine .....I would not give this one up :rolleyes:
I think I also have a Heavenly Body somewhere in the loft.....not sure now :unsure:

Also paid 30 at Modelzone and at same time got Sentimental Journey for 40.

Christian
17th September 2012, 01:07
Aaaah...make that 2 Sqn and I second the motion...

Cheers from Oz

Ooops bugger. :o Got mixed up with the B24.....oh, yeah that too. :LOL:

BSG-75
17th September 2012, 16:55
Really not sure - mine was 25 back in 2007, sold it for 45, not sure what the highs are for this one - don't think it was ever one of the higher valued B-25s.

Was nice though...:(

KO-B

46 on the 'bay with 5 days to go..... interesting !

I still can't understand why Corgi did so few with so much investment in two different fuselage castings....... ?

Booty003
17th September 2012, 17:16
Sentimental Journey for 40.

I so wish I was collecting back in those days..... :(

Foz
17th September 2012, 17:18
I so wish I was collecting back in those days..... :(

Me too :(

boris
17th September 2012, 19:37
I so wish I was collecting back in those days..... :(

Piled up on the floor they were

prune
18th September 2012, 13:44
I still can't understand why Corgi did so few with so much investment in two different fuselage castings....... ?

Probably because they all dumped,what didn't though in those days.I'm sure good schemes in limited runs would sell.

Shawn 507
18th September 2012, 20:21
Didn't OH-7 have a belly turret? What a great livery ruined by the "weathering".

strix1998
19th September 2012, 08:47
Didn't OH-7 have a belly turret? What a great livery ruined by the "weathering".

some quality control issues on said weathering on some models....................

lmisbtn
19th September 2012, 09:50
some quality control issues on said weathering on some models....................

Just had a look on FM to refresh my memory....

http://www.flyingmule.com/products/CG-US35305

more like oh-oh7

Looks like a soiled nappy - never went near this and never will!!! What on earth were Corgi thinking?

BSG-75
21st September 2012, 09:01
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-AA35303-B25-J-MITCHELL-499-Bats-Outa-Hell-1945-1-72-AVIATION-ARCHIVE-/110948365383?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_Dieca stVehicles_JN&hash=item19d509b447

Bin at just over 105.... ?

any thoughts on this model ? I have one, if memory serves it was a 40th birthday present to myself, the Corgi B-25 is lovely and sadly under used like several of the better Corgi molds. It is very very shiney:eek: indeed, does it have any fans out there - any who would pay 105 inc P&P ?

Or 8 with 3 days to go ?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CORGI-1-72-AA35303-B-25J-MITCHELL-BATS-OUTA-HELL-/130765693645?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_Dieca stVehicles_JN&hash=item1e723e22cd

I had that one - my first twin engined aircraft, cost me 25, absolutely stellar casting, vowed I'd never sell it, but ended up doing so as I was planning on sticking to ETO schemes.
Regretted it ever since. What an idiot...:( :wacko: :o

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5235/5849903168_b35af2739b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16288336@N02/5849903168/)

Now if I could find another one of these, or the plain green RAF scheme, or Heavenly Body for sensible money, I'd be happy.

KO-B

the BIN "bats" is still there, CORGI 1:72 AA35301 B-25J MITCHELL 'HEAVENLY BODY" is over 50 and the other "bats" at 47.....