1/48 Mosquito FB IV HR147 "Hairless Joe" 418 Sq RCAF- Heavy Hitters II GB

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  1. Catch22

    Catch22 Well-Known Member

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    #1 Catch22, Jul 15, 2013
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    User Name: Catch22
    Name: Cory
    Category: Intermediate
    Kit: Tamiya Mosquito FB VI/NF II
    Scale: 1/48
    Accessories: Eagle Strike Decals, PE belts

    Since I'll be sitting on the Typhoon now for a couple of weeks, I thought I'd add this intruder in so I'd get something accomplished for certain in this GB.

    Hairless Joe (TH*Z, HR147) was flown by Russell Bannock and Bob Bruce of 418 "City of Edmonton" Squadron, RCAF. 418 was the highest scoring Canadian squadron in the war, with Bannock being the highest scoring individual in the squadron, getting the following kills:

    14/15 June 1944, one Bf.110 destroyed, Avord;
    19/20 June 1944, one V-1 destroyed;
    3/4 July 1944, three V-1s destroyed;
    6/7 July 1944, four V-1s destroyed;
    7/8 July 1944, two V-1s destroyed;
    18 July 1944, one unidentified e/a destroyed and
    - one damaged;
    19/20 July 1944, two V-1s destroyed;
    23/24 July 1944, two V-1s destroyed;
    26/27 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed;
    4/5 August 1944, two V-1s destroyed;
    12/13 August 1944, one V-1 destroyed;
    30 August 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed OTG and
    - one Bf.110 destroyed OTG
    12/13 Sept. 1944, one unid. twin-engined e/a destroyed
    27 September 1944, two Bf.108s destroyed;
    24/25 December 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed;
    5 January 1945, one He.111 destroyed and
    - one unidentified e/a damaged;
    21/22 March 1945, one unidentified e/a damaged;
    4/5 April 1945, one unidentified e/a destroyed plus
    - one FW.190 damaged; [1]
    23/24 April 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed. [1]

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    There is a Mosquito here in Edmonton painted in the markings of this aircraft, however it is kind of a mish-mash aircraft; it was originally a later mark bomber, and still has a bomber cockpit, but externally it looks like a FB IV, minus a couple of scoops under the engines.

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    The kit seems pretty straightforward, and if the belts I bought for the Typhoon are suitable I shall use them.

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    I actually have a resin cockpit for this, but I'm going to refrain from using it.
     
  2. meatloaf109

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    Great, another Mossie, though I think you mean an FB VI Cory.

    Russ Bannock is alive and well at 94 yours of age (or so). While I was in Hamilton, he spoke at length about his career and the day he shot down those 4 V-1's. Fascinating guy.

    The lower set of seatbelts on that PE fret are the ones you should use for this model though you'll need to improvise something for the observer's seat.
     
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    Very cool. :cool:
     
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    Great choice Cory!
     
  6. Catch22

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    Thanks guys!

    :oops: You'd be right Andy, that's what I get for not reading the box. I noticed the photos in your Hamilton thread, would have been great to hear him speak. I'm sure I'll finagle something for the observer.

    Let's hope I deliver for you all, in the first time in a year...
     
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    Not a ton of progress to due working and other things, but I have more or less finished the cockpit.

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    Good stuff Cory. Note that the control column moved fore and aft, but only the grip moved left and right, being hinged where it joined the top of the column.
     
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    That's how it's setup in the kit Terry, should the upper portion be at a different angle?
     
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    Nicely done so far Cory.
     
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    Nice start Cory.
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    It's fine Cory. At first, I thought the whole column was angled over to the left (port), but on checking again it looks OK.
     
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    Ah, alright. It certainly looks that way in the photos, so much so that I agreed with you and double checked. It is straight though. The top section is slightly off.
     
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    How come I missed this one. Nice little start Cory.
     
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    Thanks Vic. I posted it the day before the forum went down.
     
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    Nice stuff so far Cory. I have this kit as well and will be looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

    Dave.
     
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