The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw service across four decades.
The B-25 was a safe and forgiving aircraft to fly. With an engine out, 60° banking turns into the dead engine were possible, and control could be easily maintained down to 145 mph (230 km/h). However, the pilot had to remember to maintain engine-out directional control at low speeds after takeoff with rudder; if this maneuver was attempted with ailerons, the aircraft would snap out of control. The tricycle landing gear made for excellent visibility while taxiing. The only significant complaint about the B-25 was the extremely high noise level produced by its engines; as a result, many pilots eventually suffered from varying degrees of hearing loss.
The high noise level was due to design and space restrictions in the engine cowlings which resulted in the exhaust "stacks" protruding directly from the cowling ring and partly covered by a small triangular fairing. This arrangement directed exhaust and noise directly at the pilot and crew compartments. Crew members and operators on the airshow circuit frequently comment that "the B-25 is the fastest way to turn aviation fuel directly into noise". Many B-25s now in civilian ownership have been modified with exhaust rings that direct the exhaust through the outboard bottom section of the cowling.
The Mitchell was an exceptionally sturdy aircraft that could withstand tremendous punishment. One well-known B-25C of the 321st Bomb Group was nicknamed "Patches" because its crew chief painted all the aircraft's flak hole patches with high-visibility zinc chromate primer. By the end of the war, this aircraft had completed over 300 missions, was belly-landed six times and sported over 400 patched holes. The airframe was so bent askew that straight-and-level flight required 8° of left aileron trim and 6° of right rudder, causing the aircraft to "crab" sideways across the sky.
The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. By the end of its production, nearly 10,000 B-25s in numerous models had been built. One of the most iconic warbirds of World War II.
The FMS 1470mm B-25 is a true jewel to fly and with detachable main wings even easy to transport! Take to the skies like one of Doolittle's Raiders!
Skill Level: Intermediate Build Time: 2 hours Recommended Age: 14 and up
FEATURE VIDEO: FMS 1470mm North American Mitchell B-25 Flight Review by Motion RC
1470mm / 57.87in
1130mm / 44.5in
Two KV1000 Brushless Motor
Two 40A ESC, T Connector
Propeller / EDF
9x6.5 Three Blade Propeller
Main and Nose Gear Electronic Retracts
11.1V 3300mAh 25C 3 cell LiPo
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Posted by Steve on 4th May 2015
Got it in three days started to work on it as soon as I got it out of the box I found no damage after inspecting it. Wanted to get it to the field that day but ran into some problems first the Nacelles wouldn't fit well had to do some cutting on the foam to get them to fit still not the best but will do second had no screws to put the tail on but had some on hand that fit. After I got it together I hooked up the clevises and three broke right away they are very cheap so get some good ones to put on especially the nose steering one it broke on me as I was testing the nose wheel. The nose retrack wouldn't work all the time so contacted Motion RC on that they sent out a new one and along with it a new sequencer that wasn't working to well on my plane too. Some readjustment on the doors to make them fit better the plane doesn't look bad at all. FMS needs to get rid of some of the servos and go with something easyer on the doors there is way to many wires to cram into the front of the plane. Now for a good day to fly it. Motion RC is the best keep it up.
Posted by Curtis Davis on 19th Mar 2015
I am very impressed! I like the large foamies and this is what I've been looking for. Wish you had the super 8 CH
B-25 with the 73 or 95 inch wingspan. I can't believe how fantastic this plane is. Motion RC you are spoiling me but don't stop. I'm looking for the Memphis Bell B-17 73" wingspan.
Posted by Curtis Davis on 20th Feb 2015
I contacted Motion about a part being damaged on receipt of order and the problem was taken care of. Spoke to rep with respect and same was given. Awesome customer service after the sale. I will buy here again!
Posted by Charles Pooler on 16th Feb 2015
Have had mine for about 3 years now and just love it. It flies so great and smooth. I did just have a recent problem though. The esc's got hot and i had no control and the plane went down, though i did not hurt it too bad.I removed the red lead from the esc it does not need it because the motors are supplied by the hot lead on battery. This took care of problem. I guess you could leave the wheels down so you get more air to esc's , that would keep them cooler. I hope motion keeps this one around.
Posted by Timothy Maxson on 3rd Jan 2015
The second B-25 I have built went together great. Easy build for an average modeler. Wonderful details and paint scheme. I really like the look of the retracts on this plane. I do wish however that the nose gear was equipped with a shock absorption strut. I have two of these planes now, (Silver and Green) and both have seen "greased" landings and rough landings and both have the same weakness in the nose gear that seems to bend easily. The plane flies very scale like and is forgiving when trimmed. This is a great transition plane from a "trainer" to the next step up before going to a P51 or more dramatic flying war bird. BTW- I can buy planes anywhere I want to because there are allot of websites out there that sell similar RC. planes The difference is what happens after the sale. If this concerns you then buy your planes here at Motion RC. The support is great, the knowledge is good and the fact that they treat you like they want to keep your business is great! It is the single biggest reason I return to Motion to buy my planes and accessories. Happy flying!!
Posted by Steve Elkins Kokomo Indiana on 17th Jul 2014
I have bought several jets and prop planes from motion and I could not be happyer. That A6 Intruder is a great plane. I received it in 2 days and it fly's great. Thanks motion for great service. Steve
Posted by Steve B. on 22nd May 2014
I enjoyed my J-Power P-38 so much I wanted a second multi-engine plane so I chose the B-25 Mitchell. Build was fairly easy. Biggest task was stringing the wires into the fuselage so the mess wasn't quite a mess. This took a little while but I was able to keep all wires sorted. The engine hook-ups were the most difficult since they were the bulkiest. Was able to tuck receiver and all behind the cockpit.
Took it to the airfield, got everything ready and taxied out. Got it up and trimmed out and it flew great. It flies faster than my P-38. Don't care if it will loop or roll, this one I just flew scale and it looked like the real thing. High speed, low passes were killer. Landing was a gentle floater. Very happy with this plane. Looking forward to a fun summer with it.
Posted by Byron E. on 22nd Feb 2014
Been wanting a B-25 for a while and the FMS "Tondelayo" met all of my expectations. This is a great looking plane, with tons of detail. The build is fairly simple, though the instructions are not that great, Wings are a little difficult to fully seat. The screws to secure the wings are built into the wing...the manual is not clear on this. No major issues at all though.
Motion RC has the best service I have encountered ordering on-line. My B-25 came with a badly distorted prop. I sent an e-mail to Motion RC to let them know and they sent a replacement out the next day. I am completely satisfied with their service and will be ordering from them again!
Posted by Joe Gagliardi on 5th Jan 2014
I was greatly surprised when received the B25, it was packed well no damage and everything look good. The plane went together so easily I thought I was missing a few steps. The instruction booklet was not much help but I had no trouble putting it together with a little help from Motion. Keep those Warbirds coming, I love them all.
Posted by Travis on 31st Dec 2013
Nice plane , easy build, only 2 control horns to screw on the plane. However the servo wires were very short, Not an impossibility just short. (recommend extensions for less fighting) Easy take off from a paved runway. (not sure with grass, only less then an inch clearance from ground to prop, and the wheels are not that big) Looks very big in the air and flies great at half stick. I was very concerned that the recommended 3S batteries were not really going to be sufficient but I get about 6 mins , so its fine. Nice plane, looks great in the sky. go get one.
Posted by Ron Gray on 3rd Dec 2013
That's what I like about MotionRC. Look at my last review and see the response.
There is NO other RC shop on the web that cares about customer service like MotionRC.
I am SO glad I found this place.
It's places like MotionRC that makes the hobby as fun as it can be.
Posted by Ron on 2nd Dec 2013
This is a great looking plane.
The landing gear is a bit unforgiving. The first few flights went great.
The next one had a hard landing and broke the front strut. While on the bench, one of the main servos for the door started smoking. That was the end of all 3 doors working.
I do like this one but I wish it had shock absorbing gear like the B-17. It would help a lot.
This one is very hard to repair the gear and doors.
Edit from Motion RC: gear door servos are located under the retracts. You must remove the 4 screws holding the retract in place. This allows easy access for servo replacement. This sounds like a bad sequencer fried all the servos. Please contact us for replacement.
Posted by Brent Vannes on 16th Sep 2013
Had minor damage at the rear of the starboard engine nacelle and the cockpit needs foam removed to use some batteries. I had some difficulties getting the steering adjusted and broke the clevis and ended up having to completely disassemble the front landing gear assembly to fix it. I have not flown it yet but other than the minor inconveniences I mentioned it is a fine looking plane. I cannot wait to fly it!
Posted by Brian b on 14th Sep 2013
Took my time to get her together, easy enough might have spent 2-3 hours. I bought a PNP version. A few leads, especially the motor esc to battery leads could have been longer. Her maiden today was sweet a little trim work and a grease landing. Couldn't have been better. FMS makes a quality product and MotionRC delivers.
Posted by Ronald Dameron on 12th Sep 2013
Received the plane in 3 days from ordering. That was great. The assembly took just a few hours and only complaint was the servo clevis. (weak). Replaced them which was minor. Took her to the field and she was beautiful. Grass field and the plane had no issues but to fly. And looking GOOD on flybys. First plane from MotionRC or FMS but there will be more. Tks Oh yea, THE PRICE IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!
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