Keeping a promise - 1:48 Mosquito **DONE**

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1 year 8 months ago - 1 year 8 months ago #1 by IAN
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.



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1 year 8 months ago #2 by Bishop
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Looking good so far. Very nice office

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1 year 8 months ago #3 by Tiger
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What Bishop said :whistle:
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1 year 8 months ago #4 by yak
Very cool, great that your keeping your word. Haven't seen Wally on here for awhile hopefully he pop back again soon.

Rob

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1 year 8 months ago #5 by IAN
First coat of MSG applied. Nacelles & wings not yet glued on:




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1 year 8 months ago #6 by IAN
Three coats of Medium Sea Grey and the last dry-fit before spraying the Dark Green.








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1 year 8 months ago #7 by IAN
Look, I got it all 'coloured-in' !!








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1 year 8 months ago #8 by Gary
Looks good mate, nice smooth finish.



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1 year 8 months ago #9 by yak
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.

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1 year 8 months ago #10 by Bishop
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Ian, you’re tempting me to buy another plane. Looking GOOD!!

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1 year 8 months ago #11 by IAN
Two brushed coats of Klear / Future followed by a wash with Flory 'Dark Dirt'. Lightly misted some exhaust plumes and we're ready for decals.















Stay tuned.

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1 year 8 months ago #12 by Gary
You wash before you decal? Won't you have to do the wash again over the decals to blend them in?



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1 year 8 months ago #13 by IAN
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.


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1 year 8 months ago #14 by IAN
Kit specific decals on (twenty-five year old Superscale sheet - long out of production). Stencils tomorrow, hopefully




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1 year 8 months ago #15 by Bishop
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And suddenly there it is. Comes alive with the decals.

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1 year 8 months ago #16 by Tiger
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Wow that is looking awesome Ian, almost tempted to get a mozzie kit.
I did have an Airfix kit when I was a boy, couple of years ago :)

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1 year 8 months ago #17 by IAN
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.








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1 year 8 months ago #18 by Bishop
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SWEET!!! A question, why satin and not matt? Is that truer to the real thing (tank guy question I know, but worth asking)

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1 year 8 months ago #19 by IAN

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 !!


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1 year 8 months ago #20 by IAN
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 !!



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1 year 8 months ago #21 by IAN
All done - more photos in the 'Showcase' a little later.




Thanks for taking the time to look and/or comment as this one progressed, much appreciated and never taken for granted.

AFN, have a great weekend, all.

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