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#4 Heavy Hitters Discuss **** DONE: 1/48 B-25C 41-12971 345th BG 499th BS "Dirty Dora" , Heavy Hitters GB in the Group Builds - Official forums; Username: Ozhawk40 First name: Peter Category: Intermediate Scale: 1:48 Manufacturer: Accurate Miniatures Model Type: NAA B-25C Mitchell Details: 345th Bomb ...

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    **** DONE: 1/48 B-25C 41-12971 345th BG 499th BS "Dirty Dora" , Heavy Hitters GB

    Username: Ozhawk40
    First name: Peter
    Category: Intermediate
    Scale: 1:48
    Manufacturer: Accurate Miniatures
    Model Type: NAA B-25C Mitchell
    Details: 345th Bomb Group "Air Apaches", 499th Squadron, Nadzab, New Guinea 1944.
    Accessories: Nil
    Decals: Accurate Miniatures




    My second build for this GB. Let's hope that I have enough time to finish this one up before the deadline!

    I've had this in the stash for a while now, and I've been itching to get started. With the Beaufighter in the home stretch, it's time to declare my intentions for number 2. There are oodles of reference material on this bird available, so less research with this one and more time to work on the details.

    Cheers

    Peter
    Last edited by Wurger; 01-03-2010 at 10:50 AM.





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    Some good books here....World War II Air Wars - Welcome to IHRA

    You should try to find Albatros set ALC-48008, it contains decals for 13 B-25's, from 12th, 38th, 41st, 310th, 338th and 345th BG's....


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    Almost missed this one Pete, I've a house full of West Coast visitors. Nice choice.




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    Looks like a nice kit Pete!

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    Can't wait to see what you do on this bird.

    In the realm of dog fighting, if it's a fair fight... you did something wrong.

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    Humm missed this on Pete, looks like a great one. I swear I just saw some thing on Dirty Dora yeasterday. May have to take a look back!!!

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    Thanks guys, it should be good. Paul, I"m open for business on this one, so anything you got would be welcome. Here's a great pic that appeared in the book by Jeffrey Ethell "WWII Nose art in Color"

    Cheers

    Peter
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    Funny thing there Peter, thats the book I was looking at yesterday!!!!

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    Great photo there Peter!


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    Beaut pic! Have you got the nose art decals Peter? I'm guessing you have, but if not, I've got the whole set from the old Revell kit if you need them.





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    Thanks for the offer Terry, but the kit has a combination of decals and paint masks to add the nose markings. It's straight OOB for this build.

    Here are some more photos found on the net, with the Source being Vic Tatelman, the pilot of Dirty Dora. Enjoy!

    Vic Tatelman's Photos

    For those curious about the name and how it came to be, the website above also has the story as told by Vic himself. Here it is.

    THE NAMING OF DIRTY DORA

    Toward the end of 1943, with targets becoming tougher, particularly the neutralization of Rabaul, our losses became significant, calling for replacement of aircraft and crews. The 38th Bomb Group had been in the theater a little longer than our Group so they, being the senior B-25 Group, acquired the new "H" and "J" models and therefore we fell heir to their "C" and "D" models.
    The B-25C, 41-12971 -- DIRTY DORA -- was transferred into the 345th Bomb Group and then assigned to the 499th Squadron. I inherited the airplane along with a crew.
    Sydney, Australia was the leave and furlough spot for 5th Air Force flight crews in New Guinea and the Squadron policy was rotational, which worked out to be a week in Sydney about every six weeks for each crew.
    One must realize that Sydney, during those months, was devoid of young men. Australia had gone to war when Britain declared war in September 1939 and the entire Australian military; army, navy, air force, had been sent to North Africa to join Montgomery's campaign against Rommel.
    So, when the American Air Force arrived in Australia the latter part of 1942 and 1943, there were no young men there and hadn't been since 1939. Well, one can imagine the paradise that young, lusty yanks found when they arrived in Sydney on leave with pockets full of money (where could one spend money in New Guinea?) to find that the young women there were equally "ready" having no men around for months.
    On one such leave, I met a 38th Bomb Group pilot who knew the story of the naming of the airplane. One of the crew had met an Australian girl, Dora, who moved in with him for the week he was there. He was amazed and delighted at the talent (and virtuosity) of his young partner in bed; particularly at the height of her pleasure when she would inexplicably scream out the most profane obscenities, words that even shocked him, coming from a seemingly otherwise modest and sweet young girl. So the perfect name for the airplane, DIRTY DORA.
    On a subsequent Sydney leave, I met Dora and explained that she was the namesake of my airplane, I even took her out to the airport to show her the name painted on the nose of the airplane; she was unimpressed!
    Vic Tatelman
    Winter Haven, 2002


    Cheers

    Peter
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails **** DONE: 1/48 B-25C 41-12971 345th BG 499th BS "Dirty Dora" , Heavy Hitters GB-01-vic-dirty-dora-colour-resized.jpg   **** DONE: 1/48 B-25C 41-12971 345th BG 499th BS "Dirty Dora" , Heavy Hitters GB-01-vic-dirty-dora-colour-resized-2.jpg  

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    **** DONE: 1/48 B-25C 41-12971 345th BG 499th BS "Dirty Dora" , Heavy Hitters GB-5-bill-park-cockpit-resized.jpg   **** DONE: 1/48 B-25C 41-12971 345th BG 499th BS "Dirty Dora" , Heavy Hitters GB-6-combat-crew-resized.jpg  

    Last edited by ozhawk40; 01-17-2010 at 06:45 PM.





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    Great research again Peter!!!!

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    Great stuff peter, and nice pics again. BTW, I just checked - the stuff i have isn't Dirty dora, but hell's Angles. Same design etc, just different name. The blue and white bat's head, and the sharks mouth etc are part of the decals, so if they're any use, just let me know.





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    Great info Peter!


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    So she was not impressed with the name eh?



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    She was from Sydney, theres no pleasing those buggers!


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