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Mosquito FB. Mk.VI

by Frank Dargies

 

Mosquito FB. Mk.VI

 


Tamiya's 1/48 scale Mosquito FB. Mk.VI is available online from Squadron

 

Introduction

 

This is Tamiya's 1/48 Scale Mosquito FB Mk VI Fighter-Bomber representing the LA-E with the serial number HR 130.

It was used in 1944 by the 235 Squadron of the RAF Coastal Command .

235 Squadron flew Bristol Beaufighters from 1940-1944 and converted to the Mosquito VI in June 1944. Its role continued to be primarily anti-shipping strikes in the North Sea and strikes against Norwegian coastal installations.

In September 1944 it moved north to join the "Banff Strike Wing" in the Scottish village Banff (Boyndie). It's shared toll of enemy ships sunk or seriously damaged and include the sinking of of the German U-843 on 9th April 1945 and a part of destruction of four other U-boats in the same month.On 10th Juli 1945 the Squadron was disbanded at Banff. The Squadron motto was: "Jaculamur Humi" ("We strike them to the ground").

 



LA-E was armed with four .303 inch Browning machine guns mounted in nose and four 20 mm Hispano cannons under the cockpit. The bomb load was two 250 lb.bombs (eventually increased to 500 lb.).It was powered with two Rolls Royce Merlin Mk 25 with 1635 hp.

LA-E was painted overall Ocean Grey on upper surfaces, Sky under surfaces and Yellow spinners.

 

 

The Model



I used Tamiya's 1/48 scale Mosquito FB Mk VI with the following additions and modifications:

Detail Sets

  • AIRES Cockpit Set

 

 

  • AIRES Bomb Bay/Gun Bay Set

  • AIRES Rolls Royce Merlin Engine

 

 

  • CMK Engine Set

  • CMK Exterior Set

  • VERLINDEN Front Gun Bay Set

 

 

  • MOSKIT Exhaust Pipes

  • PARAGON Wheel Set

  • AERO MASTER Decals "Mosquito Raiders Part 3"


 

Scratch Built

Fuselage Interior, Fuselage Access Door, Engine Nacelle and Engine Mounts, Front and Tail Lights, CMK Engine Cooler modified.

 

 

Painting, Markings and Accessories

 

Colours used were from the Humbrol, X-tra Color and Revell ranges.

 



Washing and Weathering was via Artist Oils and Pastel-Chalk.

The Airfield Accessories included parts from the ICM Ground Crew Set and Revell Ground Support Equipment.

 

 

References

 

Britische Luftwaffe, Daniel J. March Tosa Verlag ISBN 3-85492-474-7

Kindly Support from the Royal Air Force Museum Hendon ......and lots of information from the Internet.

More Pictures and Information may be found on my website: www.dargies.de

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2004 by Frank Dargies
Page Created 22 June, 2004
Last Updated 21 June, 2004

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