First met our own Wally Hicks the first time I attended AiC in 2012. Conversation was easy, friendly and for me, educational. Long story short, Wally complimented me on my models and suggested that 'next year' we should both build & bring Mosquito's, just because and I agreed...
So here we are in 2018 and I still haven't, I've had one all that time, fiddled with it a bit then put it away, bought some extras, then put it away, fiddled a little more, then - well you get the idea. Now it's on the bench for real and it ain't leaving until it's done.
Missing from this (three-year-old) photo are the Ultracast resin wheels & exhausts, they were ordered a little while later.
Pit looks OK with the Eduard Zoom set making up for my inability to paint IP's and side panels. Paints are mostly Humbrol & Tamiya enamels. Wash is Paynes Grey, Raw Umber oils and Tamiya dark brown enamel.
Bomb Bay has no extras just built and painted as per the instructions. I've put the bomb cradles in, but won't be arming it. Similarly with the .303 gun bay, I considered installing the guns and showing it open but have decided against that now.
As this is written the fuselage halves are joined and drying on the bench so expect another update early next week. Enjoy your weekend folks.
Yep agree with the boss very nice , I also have the same kit and was going to do it for AiC last year but never got round to it. I am getting excited to now though so maybe i'll be able to stand in for Wally if he doesn't make it, Not that mine will be anywhere near as good as you guys.
No model left behind even if it screams all the way to the display shelf!
Yep, but there's almost no panel lines on a Mozzie except for under the wings and there's no decals going there except maybe a couple of stencils. Found by experience that most washes have a habit of finding their way under the decals even if they're sealed and affecting them or even lifting them. Doing it this way, all I need to do once the decals are set & dry is, if needed, run a new No11 blade along any panel and lightly brush the wash in.
Takes a little longer (one session) but much better final result.
Satin coat on, last pics now of the main build before final assembly. Landing gear - and there's a lot of it - is all painted, just needs assembling but that's going to be a long session hopefully tomorrow, I'll post some pics tomorrow evening if I have time.
Bishop wrote: SWEET!!! A question, why satin and not matt? Is that truer to the real thing (tank guy question I know, but worth asking)
It's a good question, the matt varnish I use (Humbrol) is very matt so yes the satin is more 'scale appropriate', but not just that, this Mosquito is a post-war machine so wouldn't be worked as hard and probably been kept in much more benign conditions, so would have looked a little more 'factory fresh' then one that was in combat - well in my mind anyways !!
The final assembly took a little longer than I thought it would, but was fairly straight forward. Here's the state of the bench 'at the start of operations' this morning:
All the undercarriage doors, undercarriage 'bits', bomb doors, etc, etc. Quick photo of the completed gear sub-assemblies as they were just after lunch. Used Ultracast wheels and dirtied them up with some Mig 'European Dust' which was more than appropriate !!
So off I went with final assembly, which surprisingly took another two-and-a-half hours !!