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  1. Evening all. I'd like to join in with Airfix's recent small-scale Mossie in its bomber guise. I'm going for the airframe on the box art because 1) I don't need any AM decals but mainly 2) Its the subject of a big poster I had on my bedroom wall when I was a model-mad teenager. Of course at the time, I dearly wanted to build a model of it so its great to now have that chance. Thanks Airfix! Here's the usual box & sprue shots. Here's the poster which I bought from the RAF Museum shop in the late '70s. It is, of course, one of Charles E Brown's wonderful wartime air to air photos. At the time, my friends all seemed to have rather different posters on their bedroom walls. Many involved models but were definitely not de Havilland or Airfix products! I'm planning to build this one out of the box but we'll see how that goes when I get to the bomb bay doors/fairing and the tailwheel. Here's hoping this thread gets further than my last one. I posted the same sort of photos for an Airfix 1/48 Chippy in the last DH GB then found out later the same day that we were moving house imminently. That stalled my modelling until now. That move went well so I'm confident I can actually start building this time. All the best, Phil.
  2. Hi folk's should be enought time to do another 1/48 build for this GB so instead of the common sense route of Tamiya's offering's I'll head back to Happy childhood days and Airfix's at the time much lauded release.KK have a dozen in stock so not sure which boxing will arrive if the decals are unusable AM will be bought.
  3. Airfix 1:72 Mosquito in the kit scheme of No. 571 Squadron from the Pathfinders. Airbrushed with Vallejo Model Air, weathered with Abteilung 502 oil paints and varnished with Tamiya matt and gloss varnish from a rattle can. Overall the kit went together well. I used a masking set from ASK for the transparencies and CMK resin flaps and elevators. I did a fair bit of scratch building of parts in the interior (such as new radio set replacing the unit supplied with the kit; new bombsight, seat belts with tape and wiring and various gubbins. I also corrected the bomb bay doors, redrilled the red, green and amber lamps and added brake lines to the wheel hubs. I also modified the tailwheel to the anti-shimmy version and added ice guards to the Merlin second stage intakes (though they are a bit out of scale). i also drilled out the wingtip lights to add the green and red bulbs. What went well? Canopy transparencies and masking, learning how to fit aftermarket resin control surfaces (though in retrospect I didnt thin the trailing edges enough); redoing the bulged bomb bay. What could be improved? Interior painting was too thick, my scratch built radio set was not accurate for the airframe in the end (despite spending weeks pontificating on reference drawings in Richard Franks Modellers Datafile); the paintjob could be improved e.g. brush painting the u/c legs was a disaster; i was too heavy handed using the spray can and had to redo the camo template several times resulting in a poor paint finish with dust and hair all over the place. also over did it on the weathering underneath. anyhow thanks for looking Neil
  4. source: czech forum A.R. from Special Hobby confirmed Mosquito project publicly announced some time ago is in progress and people from AZ/KP know it. The next battle in the war.
  5. My first build for the GB will be Tamiya's venerable Mosquito FB,VI in 1/48 scale, this will be my second build of this kit as I did one in 418 Sqn RCAF several years ago, I also built an older Airfix 1/48 one for the last "Less Than A Tenner GB" which was actually a nice build. Here's a picture of this time's box and contents; I have worked for Rolls Royce for more years than I care to remember and before some idiot decided to close it I was on their Ansty site just outside Coventry which was used by Standard Motors during the war to produce around 500 FB,VI's so when I build an FB.VI I like to build one that was built on that site, which means building one from either the HP, HR, RF or TE range. Now Warwickshire (my home county) also has a Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron and during the later stages of WWII it flew Moqsuitos on intruder missions and bomber support missions as part of 100 Group and after a couple of months on F.II's it was equipped with FB.VI's and I have found some of their serial numbers that include aircraft built by Standard Motors at Ansty so the build would have two local connections. I have found serials as I say but as of yet no photographs and if I can't find any I will need to either just build one in it's known codes and serial in the squadron's standard camo or build another Standard Motors built aircraft that I do have both the markings for and photographic evidence. I have several options in the decal stash to choose from and also have an Eduard Brassin Look set that I picked up at Telford somewhere, I shall post pics of this and any final choice of airframe later. Off topic but important to me is the fact that this will be my first build without my modelling buddy for the last 13 years, Mabel my black lab who we had to say goodbye to on Wednesday. I tend to do a lot of my modelling in our front room sitting on the floor and she would come and lie next to me, or actually sit on me which is about as comfortable as you imagine, to keep me company. It has been difficult losing her and sitting on the floor to build something will be very strange without her, so this will be for her, Mabel's Mossie if you will. This is her towards the end; Sorry for going off topic but thanks for looking in and any help, comments or criticisms will be gratefully received. Craig.
  6. 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.
  7. Cklasse

    Mosquito

    I just hand carried home a 1/32 Tamiya Mosquito from Japan. It’s a steal at 15000 yen tax free price. I had resisted the purchase from past 2 trips but decided to get it before it gets difficult to find one. I would like to ask the mossie experts here what are the mosquito books good for modeling? Is there a kit out there to convert this Tamiya plane to one with the window at the nose?
  8. I was greatly surprised when I found out that Airfix's new tool Beaufighter was better sized that Hasegawa's (at least according to some drawings), and as I do not own any Mosquito specific publication with scale drawings here I am asking the usual question. I have a Tamiya FB Mk.VI and it seems a well behaved kit but I am partial to Airfix's PR.XVI US markings, so would it be a good kit compared to Tamiya's or an Hasegawa one. Thanks folks.
  9. Something nice and easy; a Tamiya Mosquito pretty much straight from the box. I only added some decals from Moose Decals. They are pretty nice and you get quite a few options, but only enough national insignia for 1 aircraft. Sweden purchased a mixed batch of nightfighter mossies post war, that severed into the early 1950s. Some were left in British colours, some were repainted. This machine was one of those that was repainted.
  10. I have never built a two-stage Merlin Mosquito. Likewise, I have never built a bomber Mosquito. Time to put that right. I shall be building the newish Airfix kit. However, I couldn't make up my mind between the bomber and PR versions. There is only one possible solution. Build 'em both!
  11. Having joined the forum recently, I've found myself getting quite into this GB lark! I could have gone with the new tool Airfix Mosquito but, many years ago, I had a 1/48 Tamiya one that I never finished (it got knocked around a bit in multiple house moves as a teenager then a student) so I decided to go with the nostalgia factor. However, I've not got as much space as I used to (family will insist on having room for their own things) so I went with the 1/72 version this time around. I'm planning on a few after market parts for this - so far I've only got one of the Black Dog resin sets (cannons, flaps and bomb bays), but I'm seriously considering the Aires machine gun bay and cockpit sets. I'll most likely go with the clichéd EG-T codes but, like I say, this is a bit of a nostalgia build, and I've already got a Coastal Command Beaufighter in the stash and I'm trying to maintain some variety! Looks as though I need to get a Hannants order in before I can do the cockpit, but I should be able to crack on with the nacelles. I'm also wondering if I can find a matching pair of 500lb GP bombs somewhere to fit into the bomb bay...
  12. Ouch! I see we’ve started!! (As has the Draken STGB that I signed up to). Well I originally said I thought I might do the Mighty Hunter, but common sense says that needs to wait till I have more time. Then this arrived in the post so I’m in with this. More to follow soon
  13. A nice simple little model this straight OOB. The only thing I wish I’d known earlier is how the camo shows through the invasion stripes. A little research shows this aircraft crashed in March 45 killing the RAAF crew of 2. Crash info
  14. G'day all. The last one finished before QMHE. This is the ubiquitous 1/48 Tamiya FB.VI Mosquito built as a 464 Squadron (RAAF) aircraft flown by F/O Jack Palmer and his navigator F/O Jack Rayner operating out of RAF Thorney Island while attached to 2TAF in October 1944. There's not much to say about the kit that hasn't already been said but the additions were a True Details cockpit, Quickboost exhausts, Master gun barrels and a new pitot from brass tube. The codes, serial and over wing roundels are painted using masks that I made and all paints were Mr Color with numerous oils and weathering products used to achieve the final appearance. First time building the Tamiya Mozzie so another one off the bucket list. Cheers, Mick.
  15. Hello All!, To test making diorama bases for 1/48 WW2 aircraft, I got a 4ft square foam board (,the art board with paper covering) , rolled matt black emulsion over it, it(dried in seconds in our heatwave) 2 coats, then some matt grey rolled on emulsion, then used a felt tip to make the tar fill in between ash-felt / and or concrete blocks , pressing the large Pentel round in to make a slight depression, then rubbing a lot of pastels all over, in very small steps, vacuumed off the access, looks OK. I did the block outlines, large rectangles, all different shapes, plus tar crack repairs the same way, as hardstandings tend to crack. I did the whole thing slightly tapered off the the distance for forced projection. then added a few railway model bushed at the edge. Behind is another 4ft white foam board, out of focus for the sky. Added a few Tamiya 1/48 vehicles, toolboxes etc. plus ICM 1/48 RAF air-persons and: Photographed using a old NIKON D70 and NIKON 35-105 MACRO MANUAL or Tamron 18-200, AUTO + tripod, at minimum aperture and about 1/20 testing, + some, minus some secs to make it look as would be in the era: blurred, under exposed, b/w etc. Added a few Tamiya 1/48 vehicles, toolboxes etc. plus ICM 1/48 RAF air-persons, the 1/56 truck behind that, then 1/72 Wellington III just behind that. I think I got away with it beginners luck. Also did a 1/48 Mozzie and Contrail/Sangar 1/48 Halixax 2 series 1 : Mozzie: Dark, as at night time. Picture taken at what would have been eye-level on the ground from an ERK with a camera. Halifax: this was the biggie, at least 100 hours work: And again, same technique and the Sangar 1/48 Halifax completed as V9977 This one shows all my modeling faults making a vac-u-form: needs blurring I think n:
  16. My 2nd big Mossie. 1st was the beautiful Tamiya, which I compromised with my clumsy 1st attempt with the magic scale modelling light & sound stuff. It recently crashed (from my bookcase) and I decided to rehouse it’s pilots in another mossie, and have another crack at motorising one. The HKM kit is much simpler & lends itself much better to the minor surgery needed to fit the electronics, but more importantly you can fit the motor in axis with the propeller; not possible with the Tamiya imo. The HKM kit does have what I’d call semi-detailed merlins, but only the side cowls are removable, and after building the Tamiya versions I decided these weren’t worth the effort so she’s sealed. The 2 standing resin figures were included with the kit- I nearly forgot them & wasn’t till I was about to throw the box away that I thought why not; I’m definitely no figure painter but I think they complement the scene quite well, even though they’re within inches of doom from the props… Apart from the electronics & most of the Tamiya cockpit & crew it’s out of the box(!) Painted with Tamiya acrylics. Thanks for looking. (not sure if the soundtrack carried over with the link but there is one) Just a bit of fun below; the iPhone filter “dramatic warm” gives them “WW2 in colour” vibe I feel edit: few more of the Mossie underside & cockpit for what it’s worth I forgot to mention I scratchbuilt those big coloured fisher-price activity centre knobs on the transmitter behind the navigator. The kit part had a flat front with etched circles I didn’t like. The receiver was recovered from the wreckage of the crew’s former ride, the Tamiya FB IV
  17. Mosquito B Mk.XVI Wheels & Exhausts 1:72 CMK by Special Hobby for Airfix Kit Mosquito B Mk.XVI Wheels (7494) Kit wheels are generally in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for the Airfix kit in 1:72, but would probably work equally as well for other kits. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are three resin wheels on one casting block, and the main wheels hubs on another block. The wheels are all attached to their blocks on their contact patches, with additional wisps of resin supporting the wheel further and helping to reduce the likelihood of air bubbles within the moulds. These are easily removed with a razor saw and a swipe with a sanding stick that should leave all the smooth contact surface intact. The hubs need to be removed and added to each side of the main wheels. There is a stronger rasin leg for the rear wheel. They’re a much better detailed drop-in replacement for the kit parts from thereon in. Highly recommended. Mosquito B Mk.XVI Exhausts (7495) Kit exhaust are another part which due to moulding limitations of styrene injection technology are not as exact as resin parts. That's where replacement resin replacements come in , with their superior detail making a compelling argument for replacement. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. This set from CMK is suitable for the Airfix kit in 1:72. The set arrives in the usual yellow-themed CMK blister pack, with the instructions sandwiched between the resin parts and the header card. Inside are four sets of exhaust (two for each engine). Each side cuts off and fits as one part, which just drop into the kit. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Hi there I'm a relatively new modeller and I'm just going to start a new build, the Tamiya mozzy Mk VI FB. The thing is, the instructions has a lot of ratios with different paints and I've done a bit of research and saw that most of them had the cockpit green? I have a Vallejo IDF green which I use and a load of others (for my airbrush), so I was just wondering what the paints are? Any help would be appreciated!
  19. I was asked to convert the Corgi 1:32 die cast model of the Mosquito for a 101st birthday present for Flt Lt Colin Bell DFC. This particular scheme is of his favourite Mosquito, which he tried to fly as much as he could with the pathfinders over Germany. It required a full paint strip down, re paint, creation of the markings and weathering. I also included a set of Mosquito stencil decals.
  20. Finally, a perfectly good excuse to build a Tamiya Mosquito. I picked this kit up at our local swap and sell in 2021 for a good price with the inclusion of a True Details resin cockpit set. I've since sprung for a few more items to accompany the resin set. I'm not sure if I'll use the Yahu panel as the resin item should look nice with some crappy painting. It'll be a Mk.VI marked as SB-J from RAAF 464 Squadron flown by Flight Lieutenant Jack Palmer and his navigator Flying Officer Jack Rayner while the squadron was on task with 2TAF. The two Jack's were quite proficient at busting trains during their service with a typical load of four 500lb bombs plus the destructive power of .303 machine gun and 20mm canon rounds. A few pics of what I've got to work with. Cheers, Mick
  21. This is a 1990s revision of the old 1973 kit. The extra parts on the white sprue are for the "bull nose" and the four-bladed propellers and spinners fitted to the J30. I had already built the original kit twice, but both times "wheels up". So I probably hadn't noticed this design flaw before on the outer port nacelle. The attachment point for the main undercarriage leg is molded out instead of in: The kit errs in providing for the underwing rockets to be mounted as well either the drop tanks or bombs. Even though Airfix should surely have known that was wrong when this revised kit was issued, they didn't correct this, and the instructions for the RAF NF.XIX version makes the same mistake as in the 1973 instructions. In reality, a special ops night fighter/intruder would have been very unlikely to carry rockets. But I digress. Had I wanted to fit the drop tanks to the J30 I was building, I'd probably have had to move them outboard a bit. But I didn't see any photo of the J30 with drop tanks.
  22. 'The prisoner is marched into a tent lit by one flickering lantern. There is a good deal of side play. The interrogator snaps out the routine questions: "Name—rank—number?" When the next question is greeted with silence, the sentry is ordered to leave the tent. The interrogator fingers his revolver. "I don't want to resort to methods we dislike," he says, and hopes the prisoner will believe the opposite. He may be taken into a confined space, such as an armored car. The interrogator talks in a low voice. He explains that he wants some important information and that he is determined to get it. He is candid. "You are alone; you have a family. You want to live. It is nice to be a hero when someone is looking, but you are alone."' -- Military Intelligence Service, "Prisoners of War (German)", Intelligence Bulletin, December 1942 "I admire you, but in the end everybody talks." -- SS-Hauptsturmführer Nikolaus "Klaus" Barbie, to Lise Leserve, who he tortured for nineteen days. Her husband and son were both killed by the Germans. "Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves." -- George Orwell, 1984 "Undergrunden i Jylland er ved at blive revet op af Gestapo." [The Resistance in Jutland is about to be torn up by the Gestapo.] -- Brigadegeneral Vagn Bennike, Head of Danish Resistance Operations in Jutland, in a message to London, 15 October 1944 THE FURIES: Our anger never works against a man whose hands are clean— all his life he stays unharmed. But those men guilty of some crime, as this one is, who hide away, concealing blood-stained hands— we harass them as testament to those they’ve murdered. Blood avengers, always in pursuit, we chase them to the end. -- Aeschylus, Eumenides In 1943, SOE agent Jacob Jensen was captured by the Germans after parachuting back into Denmark. This was not unusual: SOE was in many ways an organization of enthusiastic amateurs, and their agents had been, for the most part, ordinary people before the war, leavened with a handful of professional soldiers who remained in or returned to their home countries to continue the fight. Like many before him and many after him, Jensen, who had been a fisherman before the war, broke under torture. The Geheime Staatspolizei in Denmark, better known as the Gestapo, was able to roll up almost the entirety of the Danish resistance operating in the Jutland peninsula. To compound matters, Grethe Bartram, ostensibly a Danish communist, began informing to the Germans for money, even turning over her own brother, and causing the collapse of the communist resistance groups in the country. (Bartram was sentenced to death after the war, but it was commuted and she was released from prison after a decade. She had informed on over forty people; fifteen were tortured, and eight were taken into Germany under the nacht und nebel decree, never to be seen alive again. Bartam herself lived to be 92, dying in Sweden in 2017.) Matters came to a head on 7 October 1944, when the Gestapo captured one of the couriers for the resistance, who reported directly to Vagn Bennike, a prewar officer in the Royal Danish Army now coordinating the activities of all resistance cells in the Peninsula. If the Germans could identify, locate, and capture Bennike, they would be able to completely wipe out any trace of resistance in the region. In desperation, Bennike signalled London on 15 October: "The resistance in Jutland is about to be torn up by the Gestapo. More important to get the archives destroyed and save our people than getting our people destroyed and save the archives. I implore that residence hall 4 and 5, repeat 4 and 5, be destroyed by air strike. They are the two farthest to the west, repeat farthest to the west, buildings of the university complex. Urgent, repeat urgent." The two buildings in question were located in the densely packed university campus, with three hospitals, Århus Kommunehospital, Århus Amtssygehus, and Marselisborg Hospital all nearby. In 1944, there was only one air force in the world who could even attempt such a task. A single Mosquito from 544 Squadron surveyed the area on 26 October. A wing attack was planned for Halloween, with 24 aircraft drawn from 21 Squadron and two of the Article XV squadrons, 464 (RAAF) and 487 (RNZAF). Wing Commander R W "Reg" Reynolds DSO DFC and his navigator, Squadron Leader (later Air Commodore) Edward "Ted" Sismore DSO DFC, who had helped to plan the prior Amiens raid, were to lead. Mustangs from 315 (City of Deblin) Squadron would escort them in. Flying in four waves, the Mosquitos came roaring in at extremely low level. The first wave hit at 1141, dropping 500-lb bombs with eleven second fuses; one of the weapons bounced away and exploded against the main university building, killing ten civilian workers, the only collateral casualties of the raid. Four minutes after the first wave, the next three waves came in, one after another, dropping incendiaries. The raid was a stunning success. The critically important resistance courier Ruth Phillipsen and the distinguished theologian and saboteur Harald Sandbæk were both able to escape. 27 Gestapo officers, including the local commander, Sturmbannführer Eugen Schwitzgebel, were killed. Their files were burnt to ash. A single Mosquito, damaged by flak, force-landed in Sweden, and the crew were interned. The resistance in Jutland experienced a resurgence, even managing to sink three German ships in harbor before the end of the war. So obviously I'm building a Tamiya Mosquito FB.VI. I have decals for SB-S/HR352, flown by Flt/Lt. W. C. Henderson & Fl/Off. R. S. Hawke on the raid, but the proooooooblem is that they're for how she appeared in early 1945. At least as late as August 1944, we know that 464 was using an extremely annoying and likely difficult to mask properly form of invasion stripes: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C288048 And in this footage from the RAF B.IV camera ship that went along on the Aarhus raid, we can see, at 0:27, that at least some of the aircraft had their stripes up the whole side of the fuselage, obturating the squadron code, but not the individual aircraft letter: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060030265 Which seems very sloppy, not having the wing standardize on one style of marking. SO. Anyone with a copy of The Gestapo Hunters, which is presently unobtainable in this country, I'd be much obliged for your help. In any case, we start in earnest tomorrow.
  23. Hello folks, May I pick everyone’s collective brains please? I am thinking out loud really but wondered whether the two RR Merlins included with the Mosquito kit are much better than the ones in the older Spitfire or Hurricane kits? For those who have both kits, what would you say? Also, if as I expect, they are better could one be swapped into a Hurricane or Spitfire to jazz the old kits up a bit? I imagine that they aren’t the same mark of engine but do they differ enormously? A plan formed in my tiny mind and I’m wondering how feasible it might be? What are everyone’s thoughts on the matter? *Edit: Perhaps it’s already been done and if so there might be a build thread that you know of? Please could you share a link if you have one? Thanks. Cheers
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