Mosquito FB Mk.VI
by Stuart Hurley
de Havilland Mosquito
464 (RAAF) Squadron,
Thorney Island, November 1944
1/48 scale Mosquito FB Mk.VI is available online from Squadron.com
By November 1944, MM403 was a veteran of 71
successful sorties. Its ninth mission was the famed Amiens prison raid.
The aircraft went on to complete 84 missions before crashing soon after
take-off on 17th. January 1945.
Airfix vs. Tamiya Mosquito in 1/48
When I built this model a few years ago, the best
1/48 Mosquito was the Airfix kit. Just as I finished it, Tamiya
announced the release of their lovely new tooling of the venerable
Mossie. That’s life, but the Airfix kit is still a good place to start,
and with a bit of work can be made to look every bit as good as the
The major shortfall of the kit is the surface
detail. There are huge ‘planks’ moulded on the wing surfaces, which are
fabric strips on the real thing, and raised surface detail throughout
(although restrained) as one would expect of a kit of this age. All this
had to go. The kit was re-scribed and practically all the surface detail
replaced. Luckily, the Mosquito is fairly ‘clean’ in this respect.
The overall shape of the kit is pretty good and the
wheels and undercarriage are okay. So on with the cutting. I had
obtained the Paragon cannon bay, nose ammo boxes, and the flaps, so I
planned to incorporate these in my model. They fitted without too much
trouble and look convincing.
The cockpit was next for the treatment. I used the
Eduard set here and also scratchbuilt some sidewall detail and
navigation equipment. I cut out the door and made a replacement. I then
decided to make things more interesting by opening up a nacelle. I did
not want to destroy the lines of the aircraft too much, so only opened
up the port side.
A fair bit of engineering was required as there
wasn’t much left of the wing once all the panels had been removed. A
two-piece hatch covered the nose ammo compartment so I opened this on
the starboard side only, as the aircraft looked ugly with both sides
removed. As I was detailing the cannon bay, I detailed the wheel wells
while I was down there.
The engine started life as a resin Packard Merlin
for a Mustang, so required modification. The engine mounts and all the
other bits were scratch built, with the help of some etched brass from
Eduard for the radiators and mudguards. The control surfaces were cut
out and displaced slightly. MM403 was fitted with narrow chord prop
blades, so these were fitted in place of the paddle type supplied in the
The blades were from PD of Australia.
The model was topped off with a Falcon canopy, as
the kit item was poor. I cut out the quarter windows and the escape
hatch. I had a nice photo of this aircraft in flight so was able to keep
the weathering faithful to the original. The decals were also from PD,
and were trouble free.
The good news is that Airfix are updating this kit
with new sprues for the two-stage Merlin versions of the Mossie.
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2003 by Stuart
Page Created 27 May, 2003
17 March, 2004
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