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Kit manufacturer: Tamiya
Vehicle type: Military
Engine type: Reciprocating
Model of WWII era: 1939-1945
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Model scale: 1:48
Hello dear colleagues-modelers!
After a long break, I exhibit to your fair trial my model of the British Mosquito fighter-bomber. It makes long intervals during 2.5 months. As always, the model has undergone alterations and completions. For the first time I decided to separate flaps from the wings and to separate the diving rudder, and make them deflected. I havenât made the altitude control deflected, because the idea about separation came after the fuselage was glued. I wasnât very happy with the result (what’s done is done). Now Iâll move directly to the alterations and completions.
List of alternations in the construction of Tamiya model de Havilland Mosquito FB. Mk VI
- Almost all the cockpit instruments were cut from the boards and replaced with homemade ones… missing ones have been mad, electric wiring has been made
- I radically modified and altered niches and landing gear (see collages)
- All hydraulic rods were replaced by needles from the syringes
- I made grills before the air intakes and grilles of radiators from copper mesh and copper wire
- Some elements of the binding inside the lantern I painted with aeropaint instead of decals proposed by Tamiya
- Missiles were separated from their guides, I grounded off the stabilizers, and then everything was painted separately and glued together again
- Cable of the antenna was made from woman’s hair
- Lower nose guns were replaced by needles… on the top ones perforation was simulated with a micro drill
Painting the plane model: problems and advantages
For the first time I applied the Tamiya primer before painting (Liquid Surface Primer). The result was satisfying. There was no more risk to peel an adhesive tape with a layer of paint.
I painted the model with Tamiya acrylic. Bottom – Sky (XF-21), the top – Dark Sea Grey (XF-54). Although the top has to be Extra D.S.G. Then a layer of gloss, decals, a layer of gloss again, pointing the jointing on pinene with the addition of linseed oil, and topcoat with gloss matte additive (semi-matt).
There were problems with the decals. I donât like Tamiya decals. The padding is thick and it poorly welds by alcohol. So until the end I havenât coped with them. There is a separate story with OZs of the wings. After re-coating with gloss air bubbles appeared. I could not understand how they appeared there. I had to pierce them, which could not but affect the surface(( (the photo shows all)
Materials used during the construction of the plane model
- During the construction I used the materials:
- Walk Around Mosquito # 15, Squadron Signal Publications
- Warpoint Special # 3, De Havilland Mosquito
- Osprey Combat Aircraft # 9, Mosquito Figher / Fighter-Bomber Units Of World War 2, Martin Bowman
- The de Havilland Mosquito, All Illustraited History, Stuart Howe, Foreword by Group Captain John Canningham
- The de Havilland Mosquito, A Comprehensive Guid For The Modeller, Richard A.Franks
- Mosquito in action # 139, Squadron Signal Publications, and others…
Once again I want to thank Boris Vyrypayev for the materials! Thanks in advance for your feedback, criticism and advice for the future!