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Flying artillery! The Mosquito XVIII TseTse in 1/48

Airfix’s 1/48 kit of the Mosquito FB VI converted to a Mk XVIII ‘Molins’ 57mm sub hunter.

The main gun was a standard British Army 6 pounder anti-tank gun, fitted with an auto loader and could fire 25 rounds in 20 seconds! The .303 machine guns were reduced to 2 (for sighting purposes) and an additional 900 pounds of armour were added. 26 were so modified.

I used brass belts, a Squadron vacuform late style bulged canopy, Griffon etch carb intake screens, and a lot of plastic sheet, strip, brass tubing, and assorted bomb/missile parts for the breech fairing. Paints are Tamiya Acrylic and markings are a mix of Aeromaster nationality, Barracudacal stencils, Aviaeology serials, and masking and painting for the “O”.
Hope you like.

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14 responses to Flying artillery! The Mosquito XVIII TseTse in 1/48

  1. Nicely done, Colin…stellar workmanship indeed. I love it.

  2. Wow. That is just beautiful. Amazing modification.

  3. Colin, really nice work on this conversion. It has a very nice realistic look, Well done !

  4. Absolutely sterling piece of work!

  5. Excellent work Colin.

  6. Colin, this is a terrific conversion. Your Mossie is very, very realistic, with a solid paint work that enhances the subtle shade differences, and I reckon you’ve studied the wear and tear of this plane, it just looks good.

  7. Beautiful, Colin! Can’t go wrong with a Mossie and this is an interesting variant. I’ve never seen one before. Really well done!

  8. This Mossie is loaded for bear.

    Lovely work, Colin. Pretty AND menacing.

  9. Superb Mossie Colin. My favourite version. Very nice work on that.

  10. Thanks everybody, it was a fun build, and offered some challenges!

  11. I definitely like this a lot. Excellent work on the paint scheme and overall finish. That old Airfix kit holds up.

  12. great finish and overall paint job. Perfect!

  13. Excellent Colin – very nice details and a great-looking finished model.

  14. All your conversion work and detailing, together with an excellent finish, have really paid off, beautiful looking Mosquito.

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