HK 1/32 DH Mosquito BMk XVI Q Queenie, 128 Sq, RAF, Wyton, England late 1944
Here is the completed model of HK’s rendition of the Mighty Mosquito B Mk XVI. I have read a number of less than glowing reviews as well as a number of equally glowing reviews on this kit and the truth as always lays somewhere in between. I’ll explain quickly:
There are a number of inaccuracies, omissions, and clunky renditions that take this kit out of the realm of the Tamiya UberMegaSuperAccuracy sphere, such as the lack of spinner backplates, the missing crew door latches when the closer bar is included, the sparse detailing in the rear cockpit, the missing Gee nav unit, the grossly inaccurate radiator intake shapes, and the underwhelming detail in the bomb bay. I also have to question the shape of the nose, which seems somewhat small to my Mark 1 eyeball but looks correct comparing it to some of the profiles in my references. Now that you have been made aware, correcting most of these issues are relatively simple as long as you are armed with good references! The rad intake and nose shape would take some substancial mods, and unless it Really bothers you its not really worth the effort.
On the plus side I had a BLAST building this kit! It almost clicks together and I didn’t use any filler anywhere, a tribute to the moldmakers art. It builds fast and with just a little extra effort really builds into a remarkably accurate replica of the real thing! It is not in the same stratosphere as Tamiya’s FBVI but few kits are. I think Tamiya missed the bus by not issueing the @-stage Mossie versions in 1/48 or 1/72, which really only needed new engine nacelle components. The clear parts are second to none and the assembly sequence make for an enjoyable experience, and I will happily build the next version, the PR Mk35 and add the extra detailing to my heart’s content...Heck I might even have to build the movie version of the Erzatz “633 Squadron” FBVI’s!
I have also included a few pic of my previous conversions, both are Tamiya’s BIV in 1/48, one is a PR9 with Paragon’s engines and the other is a Bmk35 using CMK’s conversion set and Koster’s vac form bulged bombbay doors. Comments welcome!
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