The Need for Speed: Mk IV Mosquito PR Tamiya 1:48
Greetings, brothers. Here is my humble submission for a couple of GBs I obligated myself to, but heretofore have been unable to fulfill. One is the Centennial RAF GB, hosted by my friend Paul Barber (@yellow10); the other is iModeler at the Movies (you can see which movie I chose in that GB thread) hosted by another dear friend, David Leigh-Smith (@dirtylittlefokker). I appreciate these artists and their leadership in their respective GBs, as well as their permission to submit this build as a twofer.
I enjoyed this kit, though I have to admit I wrestled with it through no fault of Tamiya engineering (this build was strictly OOB, except for the Montex masks, which proved a disappointment anyway, as they were the older black vinyl which didn’t conform well to the curve of the glazing and ended up leaving me a mess of adhesive to clean up). I simply have had too much time between builds, so I get rusty. Life, you know, has a way of disrupting the crucial task of airplane building. I ran into trouble, above all for the simple reason that it was an eBay purchase that was a rook: whoever sold it had plundered the kit of a couple of sprues. It was Louis Gardner (@lgardner) and Chuck Villanueva (@uscusn) who rescued me by providing me with crucial parts to complete the project. Thank you, my brothers. I also want to mention Tom Bebout (@tom-bebout) who gave crucial counsel regarding how I should achieve evenness of sheen after dealing with (and resolving) troublesome silvering of the “keep off” decals that frame the cockpit.
I’ve always loved the Mossie, in part because my dad was so enthusiastic about the plywood wonder, and in part because I consider it the prettiest plane WW2 saw, either from the Axis or the Allies (just my opinion). I chose to the do the all blue Photo Recon version, mostly because I was pressed for time (I couldn’t handle all the camo just now, given some “life issues–my own personal “need for speed”), but also because the more I looked at it the more I thought how understated the all-blue PR bird really was. With no armament except cameras and velocity, it was every bit as lethal to the enemy as its bomb and gun-laden brothers. I also decided to do the plane “wheels up,” as it seems few if any have been built that way on iModeler, as popular as the bird (and this kit in particular) is; the landing gear is so cool it’s hard to imagine the kit any other way! But in my view the glory of the Mosquito is its lines in flight, so I built her that way. I hope you all enjoy it. Thanks again to my brother Greg Kittinger (@gkittinger), who taught me how to mount planes this way.
Let me also say blue is an appropriate hue in this case, because I have a case of the swan song blues. This will be my last build for a long while, and perhaps ever. Major life changes are taking me back into humanitarian missionary service overseas, a shift I am deeply grateful for but that doesn’t give me the calm necessary to build models. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie of you all, my friends.
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