DH Mosquito FB Mk VI Tamiya 1/48
Here is a build that was a real learning experience for me. I built it out of the box without photo etch and used the kit decals with serial number rearranged to represent an aircraft of Coastal Command – flown by Flight Lieutenant Nunn of 235 Squadron Banff Strike Wing 1944. References came from the Squadron Signal book DH Mosquito in Action. A bit late for the D-Day anniversary but oh well. It was my first successful airbrush finish and oil wash (not much to do for the wooden wings but some around the engines and few panels). The exhaust stacks were tricky to fit and are resin replacements from Ultracast, since they were exposed on this particular a/c. I masked the complex canopy framing myself but ran into problems by accidentally chipping off paint when removing the many tiny masks. After some consternation and nearly ready to shelve the model, I came up with the idea of using strips of decal airbrushed in the fuselage color to cover the ragged looking framing. It worked perfectly and invisibly repaired all the damage. Nice straight and uniform framing after a near disaster. I was lucky with the technique. Somehow, the paint didn’t disintegrate or flake off when I soaked to the decal strip to release it from the painted backing sheet. I have done similar repairs on other models since but you need to start with sturdy decal material.
I couple of other small enhancements I notice now. I added Eduard etch screens for the engine intakes. I also cut and re-positioned the rudder and elevators. Even though I bought resin replacements for these, I did not use them as the kit parts were fine. Not much else to say about the model, except that it went together as a Tamiya kit should. Paints are also Tamiya with a lightened Polyscale Sky undersides, if I recall. Invasion Stripes are airbrushed.
BTW, the Mosquito has some sentimental meaning for me in that my grandmother helped build them in the DH Canada factory in Malton (now Toronto), Ontario during the war. She was a genuine Rosie the Riveter who did the wiring in the wings. I have watched newsreels about this factory from the period and I think I can actually see her at work – but a lot of the workers were female with similar hair styles.
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