Tamiya 1/48 scale DeHavilland Mosquito MK VI
Depiction: 605 squadron / 100 bomber support group.
Bradwell Bay Essex England 1943.
Pilot Leader: Heath
One of the aircraft that is probably on everybody’s list of their top favorite aircraft of WWII, and what’s not to like. The beautiful sound of RR music powering a sleek/fast streamlined wooden wonder !… Bloody cool, old boy !
I recall talking with a B-24 pilot, who recalled seeing a Mosquito as they were flying back from a mission. As it flew by them, he noticed one of the wing tips had suffered some battle damage. Upon landing he observed one of the crew sawing off the damaged area with a hand saw. A few days later, the same Mosquito flew by them again, only this time he noticed the wing tip was still missing, hmmm !
The Tamiya kit is a wonderful kit (as usual from Tamiya ). It does have a few little fit issues, mainly with the separate cockpit bay section. This of course was done to accommodate other version of this aircraft. Not a big issue, but one that requires attention too, to get it lined up right.
The cockpit and bomb bay area’s are very well detailed, Tamiya did a great job engineering these areas, and with a few little add on’s these areas can look really nice.
For this project I custom made my own seatbelts out of leaded foil and small gauge wire. The decals are from Aeromaster Mosquito raiders sheet.
I painted the black under service with model master acrylic semi gloss black. I found this paint is very smooth when dry. The upper surfaces were painted with MM enamels.
Exhaust stains were done with pastel chalks.
Sorry about the little bits of dust I noticed in some of the pictures. The O’l eyes aren’t quite what they use to be. That could be why I don’t build my own seatbelts anymore !
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