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Mosquito B Mk IV - Revell - My next non-ship project

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30 minutes ago, CDW said:

Sweet Mossie! How did I miss this thread until now?

Looking forward to this tribute to your dad. 

 

Check out this video by Kermit Weeks. He is a local aviation enthusiast and owns a fleet of vintage WW2 and WW1 aircraft, including this Mossie. He flies them almost every day, too. 

 

Welcome aboard  you are ofcourse most welcome, Im not starting yet as I have the pearl to finnish unless I wish to be "sent to Coventry" by the admiral.

 

OC.

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53 minutes ago, lmagna said:

I know when you mean. Years ago I lived close to the Reno Air Races and you ALWAYS knew when a Spitfire flew over. The RR Merlin engine is VERY distinctive!

 

I think the aircraft you are talking about crashed because the pilot did a Mosquito No No. He pulled negative G's starving the engines for fuel at low altitude and with no power was not able to recover. From what I understand it is one of the few faults with the Mosquito.

 

I have heard or seen the Mossy here three times since it arrived a couple of years ago when it has flown over my house. It is still distinctive but sometimes I wish they would really open it up like they did the Spits in Reno. The Merlin engine almost sounds like a jet at 350+ MPH!

 

Unfortunately unless I crawl there I will not be going to see her anytime soon. 

http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/paul-allens-mosquito-flies.html

https://flyingheritage.org/Explore/The-Collection/Britian/de-Havilland-D-H-98-Mosquito-T-Mk-III.aspx

 

 

Talking of spits,   this is one of mine from the last airshow I did  RIAT 2017  Fairford  UK.

 

OC.

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I think I may have found a wartime photo of my late farther, he used to tell me he also worked on Short Stirlings at a shadow base of RAF Marham called Downham Market  I assume posting where he was needed as there where only about 3 miles away from each other, he told me he was in number 1 group  and at the time(1943) the active squadron was 218sqn   flying  Shorts  and Lancs.

 

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That's a nice picture of your father. My uncle flew in B-17s and was shot down. I don't have any pictures of him.

 

You do realize that the Mossie was both faster and more maneuverable than the Spitfire? It drove the Spit pilots nuts when they found out that there was a bomber that could do that. Some of them even asked to be transferred! 

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Im still about folks  havn't left the country  - just cant start this thing till I have finished the Pearl, I did get the box out for a sneaky look while the admiral wasn't looking  - damn  I cant wait to start it.

But to give myself some me time  I am going to try to do a one off airshow this year,   just need to save some pennies to get me there   being my number one passion  - planes  it would be a good break   and put me in a good frame of mind to build my mossie  later.

 

OC.

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Hi all,   I have been doing more research on my late farther  and came across  this link to one of the bases where he was  working    - http://rafdownhammarket.com/

 

I am trying to do as much  research as possible as it will make the build of the mosquito  that much more special.

 

OC.

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9 hours ago, yvesvidal said:

Old Collingwood,

 

here are a few pictures of the two Mosquitoes that were on display (and flying) at the past 2019 Oshkosh airshow. An incredible machine and so elegant in flight:

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Yves 

 

Those are Gorgeous pics  - Thank you so much  Yves,    yep  my late farther who used to work on them as well as  others, told  me they  were basically  two  merlins  with a lightweight  body - the merlins  in fact had a  tendency to be to powerful for the  frame, they had considered  tweaking the engines for more horse power  but there was a worry it would twist the frame, so they left it at just a spitfire eater.

 

OC.

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OC, 

When you're ready to start building, let me know and I'll fix the title and you can carry on here with the build.    I'll be patient, or try to be at least. 

 

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22 minutes ago, mtaylor said:

OC, 

When you're ready to start building, let me know and I'll fix the title and you can carry on here with the build.    I'll be patient, or try to be at least. 

 

Thanks mark,   shouldn't  be too long  - at a guess  I would estimate a start time in say......2050   not far off.    no seriously  I will kick mu butt and get the pearl done  - it will be a win win situ for me then - double doss of Brownie Points.

 

OC.

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Not sure if I have mentioned  - but I have the Tamiya rattle cans (Acylic) to  do the outside camo  paintwork (got them in gloss - to aid  the decals)   and also  a  Tamiya rattle can  flat  top coat,    I have also got a  a  jar of each colour  for any brush touch ups,  same with the interior colour  (jars).

 

I hope to try masking for the two tone camo  using the Blue Tack method to get a soft demarcation line, I have seen excellent jobs done this way.

 

OC.

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2 minutes ago, mtaylor said:

Brownie points are good.  Even better if they come as chocolate brownies.  Yum.

Dont get me started on food mark  - you know what I'm like with food  when someone mentions it on the builds  - suddenly  we are a cooking forum  - "good idea me thinks  - we could tast and do a compare":dancetl6:

 

OC.

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Just now, mtaylor said:

Sorry.  I'll go stand in the naughty corner.   Seems I've been spending a fair amount of time there lately. 

 

Nah   your sound mate   - loving this forum at the moment  its really come to life, so much interest on here and  the convo's  "nothing better"

 

OC.

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I am always torn with  my hobbies  because in the summer or with clear skies  I used to love to watch and photograph  airliners going over  a few miles up,   I am a aircraft spotter by hobby  I collect  tail numbers or registrations  then underline them in  books containing airline fleet lists.

 

OC.

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On 1/20/2020 at 10:01 PM, Old Collingwood said:

I am always torn with  my hobbies  because in the summer or with clear skies  I used to love to watch and photograph  airliners going over  a few miles up,   I am a aircraft spotter by hobby  I collect  tail numbers or registrations  then underline them in  books containing airline fleet lists.

 

OC.

I have been looking up lately myself with a pair of binoculars the AF and Navy have been doing a lot of testing in the area of late with missiles.I saw one cover the whole length of the horizon(as far as your eyes can see) in 3-4 minutes all white no tail of course. ;) Kevin

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3 hours ago, Javlin said:

I saw one cover the whole length of the horizon(as far as your eyes can see) in 3-4 minutes all white no tail of course.

Sounds like a slow target rather than a missile. Every missile I ever saw, (Admittedly not many) was much faster. 

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So  as the pearl is near finished  minus the crew and  Jolly Roger flag I'm waiting on,   I'm trying to get  my head around  my painting  schedule  on the mosi, as i have  mainly all  tamiya rattle cans  for the bulk of the paintwork  and a few eqv  tins for brush touch ups  and small paint details.

 

My concern is not being able to spray indoors  and if the weather is the same as we have had of late  - rain,  that will stop me painting outside, mind you I guess I will have enough sub assemblies and interior work  that I can use my hairy stick  and tin paints.

 

Cant wait to start.

 

OC.

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