Dirk's Wooden Wonder. d.H. Mosquito Mk XVIII

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  1. dirkpitt289

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    This was a quick build for me. 5 weeks.:| . Sad I know but it is the nature of the beast I guess.

    Enjoy

    History

    The Mosquito excelled in a variety of roles during World War II, including as day or night fighter, strike fighter-bomber, photo-reconnaissance, pathfinder, intruder, maritime strike, and surprisingly, a few BOAC mailplane variants flew regular nightly services over Nazi-occupied Europe!

    It was conceived as a fast twin engined day bomber that could outrun all contemporary fighters.
    With no heavy defensive armament to man, the crew was reduced to pilot and navigator so the aircraft was lighter, faster and overall more efficient. de Havilland chose a radical construction technique initially developed for their earlier Comet racer - by utilising a laminated ply and balsa skin formed in concrete moulds by civilian craftsmen, the Mosquito was extremely strong, light, and flexible, yet placed minimal drain on essential materials and skilled-labour during Britain's 'darkest hour' in 1940 - 1941.

    The model

    As far as Airfix kits go this one seems to be the best quality of the lot that I've seen. There is some excess flash but a lot less then some other Airfix kits such as the Blenheim. the smaller parts also seem less clunky. I look forward to building this one.

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    I'm not sure yet but I believe I will be building this as the Mk XVIII. Guns, cannon and rockets going after shipping. Gotta love it.

    The Cockpit


    Here we see what Arifix gave us to work with
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    i'm not so thrilled with with the seats given with this kit. While they are not bad they don't look like Mosquito seats. So its time to break out the knife, saw and styrene. The operation begins with the dissection of the original seat.
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    Here is a comparison of the kit seat and the seat I made. I used a great photo of the pilots seat from the Squadron Mosquito Walk Around. The only original piece left is the bottom seat. I scratch built the armored seat back and the support braces. I also added arm rests.
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    Unlike the Blenheim project there are plenty of photos online of the cockpit to work with.

    Next I started by adding some minor details such more bracing for both seats, seat belt anchor and bracing for the radio that goes behind the pilot.

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    Next the interior color was added

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    While that dried I tried to add some detail to the cockpit walls.

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    I admit I should have taken care of the ejector marks on the interior walls but I was just to darn lazy.
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    I apologize for the negativity but again I felt that Airfix fell short on the radio detail so its time to make my own. Believe it or not this hunk of plastic will be the aircraft's radio.

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    Next i attached a very small bit of styrene to the center of the block. Then using styrene rod I made knobs. After the glue drys they will be trimmed down and painted.

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    Here you can see the "almost" finished cockpit with the #2 seat in place and the radios.

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    Next I need seat belts...

    Edwards Photoetch RAF harnesses to the rescue.

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    I installed the harnesses, weathered the cockpit a bit and put the cockpit in place.

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    Next I started the nose job. Cutting off a large piece of the fuselage had me a bit nervous.

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    Next I moved to the vent covers on the underside of the wings. When I first saw these clunky covers I thought I'd replace them with some PE strips I had but then I realized I would loose the detail on the originals. So I decided I would just file down the originals and save the detail. These Airfix kits don't have a lot of detail to begin with so I feel its our duty to say as much as we can. :lol:

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    Looking very good so far. :thumbright:
     
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    #3 dirkpitt289, Apr 6, 2010
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    Closed up the fuselage

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    Next came the attaching of the new nose. Very little filler will be needed.

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    Next the wings were built up

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    More filling and sanding. UGH!!!!!

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    These dimples remind me of a Playboy Bunny's... back side. :mrgreen:
    Not that big a deal. It just means more filling and sanding. UGH!!

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    I got tired of filling and sanding so I decided to start painting some of the fiddly stuff like the landing gear and the under wing rockets. SWEET!

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    Next I attached the wings to the main fuselage.

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    Oh, I should mention that while filling and sanding (UGH!!) I dropped the fuselage and it landed right on the nose busting the guns. UGH!!! DAMN YOU MURPHY!

    In case you were wondering Murphy is the guy who wrote some laws. Murphy's Laws.

    Looks like we have another setback.

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    I tried to fit the engine nacelles in place and here is what I found.

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    You can see the cause of the problem here. Looking at the wing and the directions they don't match. It looks like my wing has more plastic after the intake vent where as the photo in the directions has less.

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    Last we left I befungled the engine nacelles after assembling, filling and lots and lots of sanding.

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    Well the nacelles were ripped apart and reassembled correctly.As it turns out I had assembled the incorrect engine halfs together. Next I got ready to started with the painting.

    here is the bird I'm building D.QM of the 248 Sqn

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    Priming the beast

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    Medium Sea gray

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    Here we masked off the area for the application of Dark Sea Gray. This was to indicate the painting over of the Invasion stripes

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    Next the landing gear. WTF???

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    Not the greatest repair job but it works.

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    Attaching the engine nacelles to the wings

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    Next I decided to address the 4 broken nose guns. Normally I bore my gun barrels but due to the time constraints I chose To do this with .028 dia brass wire. After installing the guns I painted them gunmetal

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    here are two of my six excuses for not getting in a lot of building. They are Beckett and Delaney my 2 year old twins.

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    next I started the Rockets

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    Those are some thick gear doors, eh? If I had time I'd thin them out or make replacements from a beer can. Again time is too short.

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    Here are the reattached Elevators

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    Top view of the paint job. This paint job gave me fits. After spraying the Dark Green I had to go over all the Medium Sea Gray again with a brush. This was my first attempt at a "normal" camo scheme.

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    The finished pictures will be posted sometime tonight.

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my build
     
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    Looking good Dirk!
     
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    Very nice work Dirk. I especially like your scratch-building in the cockpit. One point though, easily corrected - the four Browning machine guns had cooling jackets over the barrels, which were black, not gunmetal.
     
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    Very cool Dirk!!!
     
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    Hay there Harrison, where you been?
     
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    Dirk, really outstanding work. Love the seat detail!
     
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    Great work mate! Love your interior detailing!
     
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    Only 5 weeks Dirk, that’s lighting speed in my book. Glad you've got the crew (twins) on a training program and what a great little model youe are building, such fine detail for the scale.

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    fantastic work dirk the scratch building and the paint work look amazing and all in 1:72!
     
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    Some nice paint and scratch work thier Dirk lik'in it alot.Cheers
     
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    The finished pictures are posted in the Completed builds section
     
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