Atlantis Model Company 1/64 B-25 Mitchell 'Flying Dragon' Kit First Look
|Date of Review||July 2019||Manufacturer||Atlantis Model Company|
|Subject||B-25 Mitchell 'Flying Dragon'||Scale||1/64|
|Kit Number||H216||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Welcome return of a classic subject||Cons||Hey! It's a 63-year-old kit!|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$19.99|
Originally released by Revell in 1956 – and later reissued multiple times – the 1:64-scale B-25 Mitchell “Flying Dragon” remains a sought-after collectible.
Ask the guy who recently offered a 1961 “Air Power” example for US$123.00 on eBay!
Now Atlantis Toy & Hobby once more daunts those obscene classic kit prices with their B-25 “Flying Dragon” re-pop for just US$19.99.
Components number 57 olive drab and clear parts on seven trees. And for a kit that could be collecting Social Security, moldings remain extremely good.
Surfaces sport delicate, finely raised scribing. Flash is minimal – and completely manageable. And the package build-up’s outline looks very good.
Compared to past reissues of this kit, Atlantis’ decals are beautiful, offering two schemes:
- original 1956 “Flying Dragon” markings
- a “Doolittle raider”, serial 40-2344
… the second correcting mistakes in past Revell B-25 “Pacific Raider” packages.
Atlantis also includes “Swivel Stand” with ball-joint, tempered wire ring, and a circular “B-25” transfer for the base!
Easy-to-follow instructions help construct “Flying Dragon” in four major subassemblies across 13 steps. But painting notes only include general color references. So swap “olive drab” for everything called “flat brown”.
Way to go, Atlantis! My Dad built this kit when I was a little kid. And it forged such a lasting impression that, for years, I thought “Flying Dragon” – not “Mitchell” – was the B-25’s official moniker!
With thanks to Atlantis Model Company for this review sample!