Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Hong Kong Models is going bigtime for big planes, with a range of tasty-looking 1:32 scale bomber kits. And the first of these flying towards us is the HK North American B-25J Mitchell, due for release now.

Newcomer from Hong Kong
HK’s website welcome note says it all: “Our company was established in 2010, formed by a group of enthusiasts with modelers, Military fans and experienced mold maker. Combining with our historical knowledge, passion on modeling and creative tooling technology, we strive to bring you the most ultimate scale model in ever. As a model enthusiast, we know what you want, what you expect and we will make your dream come true. Keep close eye on our website, HK Models will be surprises you all!”

Hundreds of components provide fresh levels of B-25 detail in 1:32 scale.

New kids on the block
Mild language adjustments aside, this is really good news, for here’s a two-year-old team of keen model fans, eager to go head-to-head with established Chinese brands like Dragon and Trumpeter. But we say there’s plenty of room for quality, and now that 1:32 scale really does seem like the new 1:48, there’s plenty of room to grow into the big-kit space.

It's a big kit, with enough detail to keep you busy for weeks of construction.

Brief stats
Over 500,000 rivets represented
Highly-detailed Wright R-2600 engines
Detailed cockpit and bomb bay
Wingspan 643 mm (25.3 in)
Length 548 mm (21.6 in)
Contains 514 components
Loaded with detail

Tail gunner has raised canopy for wide rear view. Note open engine cooling gills.

About the B-25J
The B-25 Mitchell was a US twin-engine medium bomber, named after General Billy Mitchell, pioneer of US military aviation. The B-25 was used in every combat zone in World War II, and long after. The aircraft is generally reckoned as the finest medium bomber of those war years.

B-25 being test-flown shortly after manufacture in 1942.