AMEGB - a Mozzie.

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AMEGB - a Mozzie.

Joined: September 12th, 2005, 2:37 am

May 26th, 2012, 11:41 am #1

This is my almost-complete original Airfix model of the De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI. The kit itself has numerous short-comings, but I decided to build it just for you lot. Already, there are those of you who are thinking that I got the guns wrong. Not so - because I wanted a 633 Sqn Mosquito.
BUT, this is NOT like the ones that you will see in the movie that is so well known to us. Mine is built using the description in the book "633 Squadron". See the book pre-dates the movie. So, my model is more accurate that those used for the movie - which were any Mozzies that were available - and expendable.
633 Sqn flew into the book in Boston medium bombers, but they were re-equipped with Mozzies for the raid. The Mozzies were fitted with bulged bomb bays so they could carry the 'earthquake' bombs. And the RAF hierarchy decided that sending them in without guns was too dangerous, so they gave the Mozzies 2 x 20mm cannon and 2 x 303" machineguns. But the Mozzies needed the room in their bomb bays for the bomb, so the cannon barrels HAD to project from the chin (and NOT project back into the bomb bay). And this is how I built MY Mozzie.
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I stayed with the Airfix colour scheme, and the movie squadron codes. But I had to make the letters out of white decal strips as that is all I had. I really wanted a 'C' because it was Gellibrand's (the Australian - I'm an Aussie myself) aircraft. But the 'E' was easier to make.
I've yet to paint the radiator fronts and exhaust shroud openings (black), the propeller tips (yellow), and add the antenna mast & line. And yes, I HAVE contaminated this Airfix kit with Tamiya wheels & shortened legs (they look better). Sorry.
George, out............
PS - my Hurri is still in several parts. Sorry!
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 12:06 am

May 26th, 2012, 5:11 pm #2

So is that the original Airfix Mossie mould and how did you do the bulged bomb bay?

David
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Joined: June 12th, 2008, 8:08 pm

May 27th, 2012, 3:53 am #3

This is my almost-complete original Airfix model of the De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI. The kit itself has numerous short-comings, but I decided to build it just for you lot. Already, there are those of you who are thinking that I got the guns wrong. Not so - because I wanted a 633 Sqn Mosquito.
BUT, this is NOT like the ones that you will see in the movie that is so well known to us. Mine is built using the description in the book "633 Squadron". See the book pre-dates the movie. So, my model is more accurate that those used for the movie - which were any Mozzies that were available - and expendable.
633 Sqn flew into the book in Boston medium bombers, but they were re-equipped with Mozzies for the raid. The Mozzies were fitted with bulged bomb bays so they could carry the 'earthquake' bombs. And the RAF hierarchy decided that sending them in without guns was too dangerous, so they gave the Mozzies 2 x 20mm cannon and 2 x 303" machineguns. But the Mozzies needed the room in their bomb bays for the bomb, so the cannon barrels HAD to project from the chin (and NOT project back into the bomb bay). And this is how I built MY Mozzie.
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I stayed with the Airfix colour scheme, and the movie squadron codes. But I had to make the letters out of white decal strips as that is all I had. I really wanted a 'C' because it was Gellibrand's (the Australian - I'm an Aussie myself) aircraft. But the 'E' was easier to make.
I've yet to paint the radiator fronts and exhaust shroud openings (black), the propeller tips (yellow), and add the antenna mast & line. And yes, I HAVE contaminated this Airfix kit with Tamiya wheels & shortened legs (they look better). Sorry.
George, out............
PS - my Hurri is still in several parts. Sorry!
Nice clean build. Kind of nostalgic.
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Joined: September 12th, 2005, 2:37 am

May 27th, 2012, 6:41 am #4

So is that the original Airfix Mossie mould and how did you do the bulged bomb bay?

David
instructions are brown with age (so I got it REALLY cheap). It is the one with the too-skinney wheels, very-poor rockets and other problems too numerous to mention.
I scratch-built the bulged bomb bay by sawing laterally across the bomb bay where the bulkheads are, and glued-in plastic card. The forward and and rear bits were made against them from milliput. Then I trimmed the projecting plastic card to match. The doors are made from rolled brass sheet - long enough to glue to the inside of the fuselage (for strength).
Many thanks for the kind comments.
George, out...............
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

May 27th, 2012, 11:46 am #5

This is my almost-complete original Airfix model of the De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI. The kit itself has numerous short-comings, but I decided to build it just for you lot. Already, there are those of you who are thinking that I got the guns wrong. Not so - because I wanted a 633 Sqn Mosquito.
BUT, this is NOT like the ones that you will see in the movie that is so well known to us. Mine is built using the description in the book "633 Squadron". See the book pre-dates the movie. So, my model is more accurate that those used for the movie - which were any Mozzies that were available - and expendable.
633 Sqn flew into the book in Boston medium bombers, but they were re-equipped with Mozzies for the raid. The Mozzies were fitted with bulged bomb bays so they could carry the 'earthquake' bombs. And the RAF hierarchy decided that sending them in without guns was too dangerous, so they gave the Mozzies 2 x 20mm cannon and 2 x 303" machineguns. But the Mozzies needed the room in their bomb bays for the bomb, so the cannon barrels HAD to project from the chin (and NOT project back into the bomb bay). And this is how I built MY Mozzie.
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I stayed with the Airfix colour scheme, and the movie squadron codes. But I had to make the letters out of white decal strips as that is all I had. I really wanted a 'C' because it was Gellibrand's (the Australian - I'm an Aussie myself) aircraft. But the 'E' was easier to make.
I've yet to paint the radiator fronts and exhaust shroud openings (black), the propeller tips (yellow), and add the antenna mast & line. And yes, I HAVE contaminated this Airfix kit with Tamiya wheels & shortened legs (they look better). Sorry.
George, out............
PS - my Hurri is still in several parts. Sorry!
Amazing to see how much more real it looks with a more refined uncer carriage

Nice work, very nice work George - I hope to do something similar with my old Mosquito some day too

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Joined: June 13th, 2009, 11:31 pm

May 29th, 2012, 2:04 am #6

This is my almost-complete original Airfix model of the De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI. The kit itself has numerous short-comings, but I decided to build it just for you lot. Already, there are those of you who are thinking that I got the guns wrong. Not so - because I wanted a 633 Sqn Mosquito.
BUT, this is NOT like the ones that you will see in the movie that is so well known to us. Mine is built using the description in the book "633 Squadron". See the book pre-dates the movie. So, my model is more accurate that those used for the movie - which were any Mozzies that were available - and expendable.
633 Sqn flew into the book in Boston medium bombers, but they were re-equipped with Mozzies for the raid. The Mozzies were fitted with bulged bomb bays so they could carry the 'earthquake' bombs. And the RAF hierarchy decided that sending them in without guns was too dangerous, so they gave the Mozzies 2 x 20mm cannon and 2 x 303" machineguns. But the Mozzies needed the room in their bomb bays for the bomb, so the cannon barrels HAD to project from the chin (and NOT project back into the bomb bay). And this is how I built MY Mozzie.
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I stayed with the Airfix colour scheme, and the movie squadron codes. But I had to make the letters out of white decal strips as that is all I had. I really wanted a 'C' because it was Gellibrand's (the Australian - I'm an Aussie myself) aircraft. But the 'E' was easier to make.
I've yet to paint the radiator fronts and exhaust shroud openings (black), the propeller tips (yellow), and add the antenna mast & line. And yes, I HAVE contaminated this Airfix kit with Tamiya wheels & shortened legs (they look better). Sorry.
George, out............
PS - my Hurri is still in several parts. Sorry!
Nice interpretation of the book and I only just rewatched the movie on Saturday
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