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  1. Airfix’s 1980 kit of the 1/48 Mosquito FB VI converted to a Molins’ 57mm Mk XVIII ‘TseTse' sub-hunter. The main gun was a standard British Army 6 pounder anti-tank gun, fitted with an auto loader and could fire 25 rounds in 20 seconds! The .303 machine guns were reduced to 2 (for sighting purposes) and an additional 900 pounds of armour were added. 26 were so modified. The kit was rescribed, the small scoops and the carb intakes on the engine nacelles were opened up, and a scratch built gunsight, details and wiring were added to the cockpit. The propeller blades were reshaped and the spinner openings reduced. The mods required were adding the late style bulged canopy, removing the 20mm cannons and shell chutes, and replacing with brass tubing for the 57mm cannon, breech fairing from spare pieces of bombs and missiles, breech hatch and shell eject chute from plastic sheet, reinforced inboard flaps with strip, and adding additional armour plate to nose I used Eduard brass seatbelts, a Squadron vacuform late style bulged canopy, Griffon etch carb intake screens, and a lot of plastic sheet, strip, brass tubing, and assorted bomb/missile parts for the breech fairing. Paints are Tamiya Acrylic and markings are a mix of Aeromaster nationality, Barracudacal stencils, Aviaeology serials, and masking and painting for the “O”. Weathering is with oil paints and pastels. Hope you like.
  2. Hello folks, This is the famous dz367, unfortunatly shot down over Berlin in January 1943. As at the time it had logged only 80 hours the weathering is rather light. Some Eduard photoetched parts are used for the cockpit and bomb bay. Cheers
  3. Aeroclub 1/144th Mosquito B35, built for a group build on Kampfgruppe 144. Represents B35 of 139 sqn RAF Hemswell. Kit has cockpit added, figures converted from Preiser groundcrew figures. Nacelles and wings have a few additions, main u/c doors are milliput. Base is temporary as I've run out of clear rod! Hand painted using Hataka (MSG) and Vallejo air ( NATO black) Weathered using watercolour pencils
  4. Post-war RAF Mosquito

    Does anyone know if there's a suitable 1/72 Mosquito kit out there that would enable me to make a post war one, eg an NF36 or similar, or an even later target tug one?
  5. I'm starting the weathering on my 1/48 Airfix Mossie converted to a Tse Tse - I'm doing the oil pinwash prior to decaling so that I can do the pastel dusting after the first flat coat. We'll see how that works.
  6. I'm building an original issue 1/48 Airfix Mosquito into a 57mm Molins armed Tsetse. IMHO, while it's not on par with the Tamiya kits, the 38 year old Airfix kit still can build up rather nicely. I've busied up the cockpit a bit, added etched seatbelts, and a scratch built gun sight, and enclosed it with a Squadron "bulged" vac canopy (meant for the Tamiya - interesting making that fit!). I've also reduced the machine guns to 2, Molins barrel from brass tubing, added the breech covers from parts of a bomb, a missile nose and sheet plastic, and added the flap reinforcement from strip. Oh yes, I also rescribed the kit, reprofiled the prop blades, and reduced the spinner opening size. Well here it is so far ... breech by Colin Latta, on Flickr cockpit by Colin Latta, on Flickr As I said, I quite like how the Airfix builds up, here's an older build ...
  7. From the Tintin book 'The Red Sea Sharks'. It's the Hasegawa 1/72 Mossie kit with (heavily modified) Blue Rider decals. Depicting it in flying mode meant closing the undercarriage doors, which required a lot of filling/sanding. The only other deviation from the kit instructions was the re-configured nose gun arrangement, and I added Skut the pilot. My figure painting ability is – appropriately – comical, but he looks OK under glass.
  8. Hi! So I've started a Youtube channel that I'm hoping to put build videos on - there's not much there right now but what there is is a build / tutorial video on my current build, Tamiya's 1/48 scale Mosquito NF Mk.II. I'm not the greatest modeller in the world, but I noticed that most build videos on Youtube tend to assume a certain level of knowledge as taken for granted, so I've been pitching these at absolute beginners. Still, might be an interesting way for you all to see the progress of my builds. Here's the first two parts of my Mosquito!
  9. Must see Mosquito documentary

    I just watched this on PBS America. A nice documentary on the rebuild of a former Spartan Air Services Mosquito in Canada. It culminates in the test flights by none other than Steve Hinton. Here is a link to the tube... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPH_5YhgN3M Enjoy. Pete
  10. Hey everyone I hope you all had a great Christmas and you all have an equally fab new year. I thought I'd show my meagre completed builds for 2017, there's only three so blink and you'll miss em! (there should be a forth my 1/32 Special Hobby Tempest II but unfortunately she has been consigned to the dark place, under my desk, never to be seen again......) My first finish for the year was a model I started 2 years ago the Hasagawa 1/48 Hawker Typhoon Mk 1b.... Next up was the Airfix 1/72 B17G finished as a RAF Mk III.. And finally my Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito.... ..And that my friends is that. Not much to show for 12 months work but at least its something I guess. In 2018 I will be starting my 1/32 B25 and Hawker Hurricane plus a couple of 1/48 scale builds I have in the stash. Cheers all and here's to 2018!! Iain
  11. Hi everyone May I present my 1/48 Tamiya De havilland Mosquito FB Mk. VI finished as NT198 305 Sqn RAF. It was built mainly out of the box with the only additions being new barrels from Air Master, instruments from Airscale, code letters from Montex and I made the Sutton harnesses from masking tape. All pictures were taken on my IPhone 6 in our kitchen.
  12. This is the Military Aviation Museum's de Havilland Mosquito Mk26 tucks in it's gear. Virginia Beach, VA 2015.
  13. Hi all, I'm curious. I have acquired a LF Models decal set for a Dominican Mosquito. It states it as being a FB.6. However, all the pictures I can find show these machines as having 4-blade props. As far as I know - not an expert remember - the FB.6 had 3-blade props, didn't it? Whats the story and if I want to convert my decal sheet to a built model what is the best kit and how do I get it to being the 4-blade version? Thanks. Martin
  14. Heat shields on Mosquito exhausts?

    In the picture above is a Mosquito FB Mk.VI operated by the French airforces from their base at Rabat-Salé (Morocco) and in the picture below an aircraft in Indochina, I think: There seems to be a heat shield fitted behind the 'siamesed' exhaust for cylinders 5 & 6. Does anybody have any more info on this?
  15. Hi everyone My next build will be the Tamiya FB Mk.VI.....wish me luck! Pictures to follow shortly. Cheers Iain
  16. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 Hasegawa Mosquito Mk.XIII "Night Fighter" from 29. Squadron, 1945. Released as a "Limited Edition" boxing this summer, the kit contains resin parts for the wing tanks and nose. I added True Details wheels, but forgot to add the White "T" decal for the nose ... sorry. Painted with acrylics from the Gunze/Mr.Hobby range. Photos by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes. Greetings from Vienna!
  17. *** MOSQUITO HELP !!! ***

    Ok i need some serious help here from mosquito experts ! I am fone painting my Tamiya Mk.VI in the Two tone Camouflage. I am doing the Banff Strike wing and was about to start decals. Im noticing that none of the 3 options in the kits decals wore underside Roundels ? Is that correct ? Did Mossies not carry underside Roundels ? Or is this a case of Tamiya making a mistake ? I will do the rest of the markings as i have them and hold off until i get an answer from anyone here at Britmodeller. I will also start perusing google and my other sources. Thank you in advance Dennis If the Moderators could move this it would be appreciated ** Yes i just realised this is in the interwar category. In my haste to get this posted i hit the wrong category. I didnt catch until after it was posted.
  18. Need help with my Mosquito

    Help !!! I need a bit of help with my Mossie. The problem im having is the area directly behind where the Radiators are located on the lower wing. Tamiya has you glue a vent cover over the area so that its mostly closed. Probably correct for a parked aircraft (not sure as im not a Mossie expert). My problem is the area located under the louver door is still visible. Is it painted the same as the rest of the underwing in the medium grey ? In they interior Grey/green ? Or would it be left a bare metal ? The instructions don't say which. Any help you can give me is as always greatly appreciated. And in case anyone is curious ive opted for the "Banff Strike Wing" markings of #143 squadron. I needed to shelve my RN FG.1 & RAF F.3 Lightnings for the moment as im out of the Proper colors to paint both. So i started the Mossie.
  19. Mosquito FB.VI Left Engine (632092 for Tamiya) 1:32 Eduard Brassin Before you start you will need some lengths of wire of 0.3mm, 0.4mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm and 1mm diameters to be able to do this set justice, so pick up either some lead fly-tying wire from an angling shop, or florist's wire and follow the instructions carefully. There are 21 steps in all, beginning with the cylinder heads and blocks with their electrical connections to the spark plugs, followed by the supercharger and ancillary equipment that sits on one end of the engine. The engine's crankcase is then built up with its own ancillary equipment, and the piston banks are added into keyed recesses, as are the supercharger to the rear and the reduction gear housing at the front. Between the two banks of 6 pistons form a V-shape at the top of the engine, and the supercharger feed-tubes run along the space between them feeding the engine with lots of compressed air, along with another bank of spark-plugs (2 per cylinder in total), which are fed by PE wires. With main engine construction completed, attention turns toward mountings and connections to the rest of the airframe. This begins with the engine bearings being constructed along with some additional equipment that is attached now for ease. The cowlings need a little preparation to remove the casting flash across the exhaust ports on the engine sides, which are simple to cut free and are marked in red on the instructions. These are added to the sides of the engine, a bulkhead is built up from a number of parts, additional wiring, hoses and equipment are added all around, including a curved reservoir around the reduction housing, and the propeller shaft is installed at the business end of the engine with a couple of PE parts and another resin part finishing off that area. The lower cowling is then constructed with the chin intake and a PE mesh preventing FOD ingress. The corresponding intake is attached to the underside of the engine, and various additional coolant hoses, actuator rods, wires and the automatic fire extinguisher are glued in place while the engine is inverted. The exhausts are supplied as two types, with the two rear stubs conjoined on the inboard bank of pistons, and an optional surround that slips over the stubs before they are attached to the block. More wire is added, as is the disc in front of the reduction gear, additional struts forming part of the engine bearers, more hoses etc. Then you get to do it all again with the other engine, with some of the parts mirrored, but many identical to the opposite side, as the basic engines were the same. Conclusion This is an amazing engine set that will certainly do the wonderful Tamiya Mossie a service. The detail included is some of the best I've seen and when assembled and carefully painted it will look superb. Naturally much care and patience will be required to get the best results, but it'll be worth it. It will look stunning whether fitted to the model or on a stand on it's own. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Hello All, I "finished" this just in time for the DH mega group build after a five day blitz build. It had a scratch built cockpit, Falcon replacement canopy, boxed in wheel wells and some other details added, and I had to brush paint the squadron codes on the last day because I messed up the decals! My first Mosquito since building the Airfix 1958 mould over 50 years ago! A week later, it's now "done done" with weathering, touchups, final details etc etc. Here it is, warts and all: Thanks for looking, Adrian
  21. The old 1957 Airfix series 2 1/72 scale Mosquito FBVI, as far as Mosquito kits go I think this is the origin of the species. Probably one of the most inaccurate kits ever produced by Airfix, having said that this kit still has a lot of appeal to me. The thing I like about this kit is that it looks like a piece of trench art, it's shape is like what you might see in an amateur wartime sketch or in a Commando comic book. This kit also holds great nostalgic value, I built two back in my childhood and I can remember most of my friends back then having built one also. Compared to today's kits and even the current early seventies Airfix Mosquito this kit is very clearly a load of rubbish. The shape of it is all wrong, just look at the canopy, guns, nose, the list goes on, the parts fit together terribly and it has moped wheels and rockets without warheads. The instructions even on later 1980's releases of the kit still quote sky as the underside colour, out of nostalgia I was actually going to paint the undersides sky but the fuselage code letters would not have showed against it. The 1960's and 70's box art, note the artist has the undersides painted in sky. The later very dry 1980's box art, the model maker here has taken it upon himself to contradict the painting instructions and paint the undersides grey. The parts, in particular I bring your attention to the wheels. I wanted a nostalgia build but felt fitting these stupid wheels would be going a bit to far, so built it wheels up mounted on the stand. It looks like this Mosquito has Hispano canons instead of Browning 303s. The model has a very unique flying boat nose. . I miss the old Airfix stands. After 60 years it stills looks like it means business.
  22. I started this build two or three days ago but have been having a few log in problems. Hope it is not to late to join this group build, I don't think this kit will be a contender anyway. The original 1957 Airfix series 2 Mosquito FB VI. A kit we probably all built back in the day, I remember getting my first one of these from the Brixham branch of Woolworths back in the late seventies together with a can of Lager and Lime Topdeck pop when I was about 10. I shall be building the kit as neatly as possible but without replacing any of it's original parts so as to maintain it's charm. The kit is entirely inaccurate so there is absolutely no point in making any changes to it. The actual kit box top from the eighties. The original box top we all remember. The parts. Note the wheels! An earlier build of this kit the got melted by the sun, to save on time I shall be robbing parts from it to use on this build. There are not many parts to this kit, here I have glued it together and filled in some gaps. The nose is a particularly bad fit. And now with a layer or three of Halfords rattle can primer. I have opted for grey undersides rather than the sky as suggested in the instructions. A darker shade of grey was then added to the upper surfaces before masking and spraying with dark green. The model now has its character hispano canon sized 303 machine guns. The scrap canopy from the melted model has been touched up and the pilots are painted. The model shall be completed wheels up as the kit wheels are so downright nasty that I refuse to use them. Rocket rails are added but not the rockets as they are just rubbish.
  23. Well I couldn't let this GB go without building a DH. And I haven't built a Mosquito since the first series 2 release with the button wheels in the 1960s. So I'm in. I have until Friday night cos I'm going to Brum on Saturday morning. Here we go... The parts: Decals. The yellow is out of register but I may try to stick the two better halves of the roundels together - if it doesn't work I have an Xtradecal sheet: Box in the wheel wells: Cut out the footwell: cut away the front of the wing box and its tab. There is still enough to hold the wing securely and it actually makes it easier to fit: Sand down the boilerplate. Built by furniture makers and steam train manufacturers: Spot of filler: New wing box: The wonders of plastic card: Humbrol acrylics: Where I got to: I haven't stuck the nacelles on because the Molins fairing is going to get a lot of sanding tomorrow. And the propellers turn but don't blow round 😟. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  24. My models are not in the same league as some of the incredible builds on this forum. However, in my view, one of the principal obstacles to plastic modelling is the amount of time and effort it requires. That is one reason why I used the undocumented quick build option for this model. That is, I built it in flying mode with wheels up, crew hatch and weapons bays closed, and with homemade transparent discs instead of propeller blades. That is either the crime of the century or a deft move, depending on your viewpoint. A couple more photos and description:on this page on my web site: Wooden wûnder
  25. RAAF Mosquito FB VI, Airfix 1/72. I had a bit of a play with this one by replacing and altering the kits raised detail.