Finished Revell 1/48 Mosquito

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    Just finished my first aircraft model! Really enjoyed this! Not a perfect build but makes me want to do another.
     

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    Looking very nice. A good job.

    But still getting an impression that the kit and a few recent ones have incorrect dihedral of the wing. It looks like a powerless man standing with shoulders down because of an hopeless struggle against the kit manufacturers.
     
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    An excellent first!
    Looks better than my 10th.
     
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    The Mosquito had only 1.5 degrees of positive dihedral, virtually undetectable.

    Nice job on your first model and welcome to the forum. If you're open to tips, I'd suggest giving the whole model a gloss coat before adding the decals. Once the decals are on, you can give it a flat or matte coat depending on the look you want. This will prevent the silvering you see around the edges of your decals.
     
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    great for a first effort, very well done
     
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    Agree with all.
     
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    Thanks fellow Canuck...yes I learned after that silvering is a problem with matt finished models :0...thoughts on the weathering? First time I have tried to age a model.

     
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    you done the wooden wonder justice A HARDY WELL DONE my man,

    Boats
     
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    Great effort for your first aircraft. Just ordered that model from evilbay for an RCAF version.

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    A fantastic first!
     
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    Great first effort...
     
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    Verty nice. You wouldn't know it was your first.
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    Looks not too bad but, personally, I think it's a bit out of place on a Mossie as most pics I've seen show these to be relatively clean.
     
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    Great work!
     
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    #16 tukan, Nov 11, 2012
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    Thanks for the feedback. I kind of tried to emulate what I could see from photos of early Mosquitoes.

    Mossie_finished2_BW.jpg
     

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    In model form (or in paintings) the Mosquito could possibly be the most difficult type to 'weather' convincingly. As Andy mentioned, they tended to be relatively clean, in terms of general wear and tear, but the surface itself was generally fairly grubby after only a short period of operations, more so on the Fighter Bomber versions.
    The fuselage in particular, being fabric covered, very often showed dirt, grime, hand prints and so on, which were quite prominent, close up, mainly on the medium Sea Grey finish. However, this is very difficult to replicate easily on a model, with each scale, from 1/72nd scale up, having its own problems of replication.
    The main problem is the general shape,and 'clean' look of the aircraft, with very little in the way of 'traditional' panel lines, joints etc, these being restricted to the couple of equipment hatches, the entry hatch, and the engine cowlings. At a distance, all this looked clean and tidy, but close up, the grime could be seen.
    If it's any consolation to modellers, when the late Air Commodore Ted Sismore (most highly decorated RAF Navigator and Mossie veteran) first saw my painting of his Mosquito on the Shell House raid, his first comments were something like "You've captured the shape well, excellent. But it's far too clean"!
    That was back in 1995, and ever since, I've played around with painting techniques, ready for when my 1/32nd scale FBVI eventually gets to the painting stage!
     
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    Good info Terry. For clarity, the main wings had fabric cover as well I believe.
     
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    Yes, you're right Andy. Basically, the whole airframe, with a few small exceptions, was fabric covered over the wood skin. I must scan the slides I took of the (now lost) TIII at BAe Chester, when it was in deep service, and ready for recovering in parts. I was shown the fabric being removed from some parts, ready for clean-up and recovering - fascinating stuff.
     
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    Very nice model: Better than the one I did a couple of years ago when I was just getting back into model aircraft!
     
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