Review: Revell’s 1/48th de Havilland Mosquito – Actually not a bad kit
A quick summary of a review I did on the Revell Mosquito last in comparison to the Tamiya Mosquito.
Both kits very detailed. The idea was bandied about among friends and not so friendly ones as well. Anyone remember the response when Tamiya announced a new kit of the Mosquito back in the late 90’s, and not just one, but 3 of them in the end. Then about 10 years later or so, Revell announced a new mold Mosquito. And the oh’s and ah’s this caused when the kit was released with some extra options the Tam kit didn’t have. And no it did not trump (no pun intended) the Tamiya kit. It was a cheaper alternative with easy to fix issues. And don’t get me wrong the Tam kit has some if it’s own as well. You know one must know if serious in this hobby, what it takes to build a model. There is no perfect kit, as easy to assemble Tam kits are they are not perfect, you still have to build them as well as any other kit. Not only not perfect as the 1:1 aircraft in every way. But plastic has it’s limitations. Where PE and resin comes in to play that make the details pop more in subtle ways. Seatbelts and instrument panels more distinctive and sharper compared to plastic molded parts and decals. Yet we still get the whiners that point out the nose is off, the wings are to thick the fuselage is not deep enough, the cowl is to narrow. Props are the wrong shape. wrong pattern on the tires, etc etc etc, boo hoo. Shut up!
We have new kit manufacturers now that have come along the last 20 years or pretty much since the turn of the century that have raised the bar a bit as well as the prices. Whence Hasegawa, Tamiya, Revellogram, Fujimi, Airfix and Italeri with a bit of ESCI, Hobbycraft and AMT were the kits that we bought and built. Then Trumpeter comes along, next Hobby Boss, Kinetic (a name associated with toys, but they have come along ways), KittyHawk, Great Wall, AMK, Eduards and HK. With new technology and CAD. Yet they are not perfect. We thought at one time Hasegawa was the kind with all the parts even in their wonderful K series 72nd scale kits. And paid the price for them. But with all that detail, they were not always easy to build. Like the F-14 a bear of a kit but beautiful when completed. Then at the same time their F/A-18 series and A-7 kits went together with some ease. Then their WWII kits and again were a hit as well starting with the BF-109 series. Then we come to Kittyhawk, tons of detail, tons of parts, even in 48th scale very small petite and fragile. And they are difficult. Suffer shape issues, but like most modelers that have built them, say just take your time, and being experienced modelers will eventually figure it out, just like the wrestling match with my recently completed KH Jaguar, I had moments, but I knew what I would run into with several written and video reviews known issues and armed with that knowledge still very tough moments. So it is best to build any Tam kit at the same time or even a Monogram kit is easier than a KH kit so you don’t lose your mind. So don’t get discouraged or be discouraged by the local know it all. Look at the WIPS going on in the section that interests you, there are quite a few going on, learn from our mistakes and how we are able to overcome them. Different techniques, in assembling, modifying, correcting issues encountered. Painting, detail, weathering. Some easy some quite difficult even some beyond my capability. I am just a humble modeler and build for fun. And now back the review.
Now first I will say that I have been building models since I was 8 years old starting of course with MPC , AMT, Johann car models in the 60’s/70’s.
Will only review the Revell kit. What is in the box as I pop open the end and several bags of light grey styrene along with the instruction sheet manual and decals.
1st the instruction sheet, the Revell instructions are not like the old instructions sheets of my youth. Written in several languages, parts map and painting guide listing the Revell line of paints. The paint flags will be next to the part to be painted that suggested color. Out comes the pen to write in which color I will use on that part. When I start that actual WIP I will show the manual in more detail.
Next up the decals. Which will have markings for 3 different units. 2 night schemes to go along with a Dk Green/Med Sea Grey over Light Grey, and the Dk Green/Med Sea Grey over Black. Stencils, wing walks, are also provided. Instrument panel decal as well as seat belts are also in decal form.
The clear parts are next, Clear, crisp and the frames are well represented on the main canopy. Once on the model will see hopefully how nice the clear bits are. Includes the nose and wing tip lamps.
Next the sprue that contains the fuselage halve which comes in four sections. Also included are the slipper drop tanks and interior components. The forward sections of the fuselage also contains some finely detailed interior components, radio, electrical boxes , racks and some conduit.
Next sprue up contains two type of propellers, the wheels and 2 style of wheel hubs. Main landing gear components as well as the gear doors and interior bits. A very nice touch is that Revell provides the engines. though basic, something to really detail out if you wish to display them with the engine covers removed.
Next sprue contains I believe the most interesting set of parts, the wings and tail components. This allows you to build the Mossie with the flaps down, poseable tail rudder and stabs. As we do see a few pics of Mosquitos with the flaps down when parked and the tail also deflected down as well.
The sprue also contains the engine nacelles as well as the tail wheel components rather unusual the way Revell will have this part assembled when we get to this step.
The last sprue contains the upper wing halves. flaps, horizontal tail and one of the engine nacelles.
The Revell kit is an alternative to a bit more expensive Tamiya kit and face it, its not Tamiya. It does have options that Tamiya does not have. It is a bit labor intensive, it's Revell, not a critique just know from experience that it will not assemble as easily as a Tamiya. It does have some shape issues, not the end of the world and can be overcome if you choose to do so. I have provided a couple of links for you to read and make your own decision from 2 credible modelers which are fair in their assessment of the model. Don't let the local "experten" tell you what is not right, yes it has issue and reiterate that they are not insurmountable. You can build as it is and like the Monogram A-26 kits, it looks like an Invader, it's a Mosquito. An old saying from an old mechanic from yesteryear, "there are lot of experts out there but very few mechanics who know what their doing" you can substitute the words in place of the auto mechanic reference in modeler terms. I just reviewed the Hasegawa Tomcat compared to the newer Tam offering and its fantastic, but it does not relegate the Hasegawa kits to the trash bin. It's an alternative, though a not much cheaper alternative as the prices have remained stable at 40+ for a Hase F-14. Much more choices these days. We still have only the Monogram A/B-26's but soon ICM will have a new series hopefully looking forward to that. Acc Miniatures B-25 is a nice supplement to Monograms B-25. This hobby is fun and should be. But not a perfect model exists. To me if it's perfect you can fly it. Otherwise your limiting your views when you read some loud mouth bagging a kit, just point out the issues and let the modeler decide if he/she wants to deal with it. Personal feelings on a company is well kept to yourself. YOU CAN BUILD THE REVELL 1/48TH MOSQUITO, REMEMBER IT IS NOT A TAMIYA KIT. BUT IT'S OK TO BUILD IT. And have fun doing it.
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