Friday, March 13, 2020

Norwegian Mosquito finished

I am back and running with model aircraft. The 333 Squadron Mosquito is finished. I am very pleased with it.

and here is the Norwegian flag.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tamiya Mosquito for the 2nd time

I started work on a Tamiya Mosquito a long time ago but made a mess of the nose. Tamiya make the nose parts separate so that they can offer two different variants but I managed to stick the parts on badly. The only thing to do was to throw it away and buy another one. The new one stayed in the storage unit for a long time but I now decided that I needed a foil against the BR52. The BR52 is a great kit but it is very intimidating so working on a little 1:72nd scale model  seemed like a good idea.

The Mosquito is the third part of my Banff Strike Wing trilogy. I have made a Beaufighter from Dallachy and a P-51 Mustang 4 from Peterhead so a nice Mossie from Banff would make the set.

The above image shows the squadrons lining up for take off. There is another photo that shows 48 Mosquitoes parked around the airfield. I managed to get a set of decals for elements of 333 (Nor.) Squadron - known as "The Outriders". Their job was to fly out in advance and suss out suitable targets for the wing to hit. They had small Norwegian flags on the nose of their aircraft and would regularly fly low over Norwegian coastal towns where they got huge cheers from the populace being fed up after 5 years of occupation. I went for Mosquito FB.VI HP904.

I have been very careful in my modelling, just for once, but still managed one of my regular stupid mistakes - I left off the landing lights on the underside of the wings which had to be inserted before the wings were stuck together. I realised just AFTER I had glued the wings together. Still, as I will almost never pick the model up, I decided to stop worrying.

As I have been moving over phones, I don't have any build images except the one I took today which shows the model fully painted and decalled - just awaiting all the bits that could break off when being handled.

More when I have got it finished.