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Mosquito B.Mk.IX (For HK Model 1:32)

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Mosquito B.Mk.IX (For HK Model)

1:32 Eduard

 

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Three years ago HK Model released their gun-nosed Mossie, and now we have the glass-nosed variant to complete the two basic configurations in which the Wooden Wonder flew.  Eduard's new range of sets are here to improve on the kit detail in the usual modular manner.  Get what you want for the areas you want to be more of a focal point.  As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE) and Mask sets, they arrive in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between.

 

 

Interior (32918)

Two frets are included, one nickel plated and pre-painted, the other in bare brass.  A complete set of new layered instrument panels, radio boxes and controls such as knobs and levers are the primary parts on the painted set, with new rudder pedals and box; complete throttle quadrant; coaming instrumentation and gunsight details also supplied.

 

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Zoom! Set (33182)

This set contains a reduced subset of the interior, namely the pre-painted parts that are used to improve on the main aspects of the cockpit, as seen above.  Whatever your motivations for wanting this set, it provides a welcome boost to detail, without being concerned with the structural elements.

 

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Seatbelts STEEL (33183)

In case you don't already know, these belts are Photo-Etch (PE) steel, and because of their strength they can be etched from thinner material, which improves realism and flexibility in one sitting.  Coupled with the new painting method that adds perceived extra depth to the buckles and other furniture by shading, they are more realistic looking and will drape better than regular brass PE.  As well as the two sets of crew belts, you also get separate furniture.

 

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Exterior (32417)

This larger double bare brass set contains some important upgrades within the landing gear bays in the engine nacelles, with new PE mudguards, skins for the interior, piano hinges and vents/intake mesh, with the doors also seeing some additional parts.  In the engine bays ribbing is applied to the access panels, and logos for the Merlin engines.

 

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Bomb Bay (32418)

The rear bulkhead is stripped of detail which is replaced by layered PE ribs and webwork; the internal fuel tanks have new detailed straps added, the bay doors are fitted with additional panels, and the bombs are given new fin and stabilisers, plus front and rear spinners.  They are then mounted on new transverse palettes, with two new detailed bomb racks on each.  If you are using the cookie bombs instead of the standard ones, there are three circular plates with the central one fitted with a spinner, which needs a little bit of 1mm rod from your own stocks to finish off.  In addition, some 1.5mm rod will also be needed for the mounting points of the palettes, again in short lengths.

 

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Masks (JX208)

Supplied on a sheet of yellow kabuki tape, these pre-cut masks supply you with a full set of masks for the canopy, side windows and nose cone, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape.  In addition you get a set of hub masks for the main wheels, allowing you to cut the demarcation perfectly with little effort.

 

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